Track and Field

Track and Field

Richartz ties for 14th in national pole vault

EUGENE, Ore. — Stephanie Richartz concluded her Illinois track and field career Sunday with a 14th-place finish in women’s pole vault at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

Richartz tied with Melissa Gergel by clearing 13 feet, 111/4 inches. Jennifer Suhr, who won the 2012 Olympic pole vault, placed first with a height of 15 feet, 93/4 inches.

Lewis-Smallwood three-peats in national discus

EUGENE, Ore. — Former Illini Gia Lewis-Smallwood captured the women’s discus title Saturday at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

It is Lewis-Smallwood’s third consecutive discus victory at the event. Her throw Saturday was 207 feet and bested runner-up Whitney Ashley by nearly 3 feet.

UI roundup: Kendziera narrowly misses finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ David Kendziera narrowly missed qualifying for the 400-meter hurdles final, clocking 49.57 seconds Friday at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Johnny Dutch, competing unattached, had the fastest semifinal time, finishing in 48.90.

Illinois’ Dylan Lafond placed 20th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 9 minutes, 5.07 seconds.

Burge claims golf crown

LAKE FOREST — Illinois senior golfer Alex Burge, a Bloomington native, won the Chicago District Golf Association’s 96th Amateur Championship on Thursday at Knollwood Club, defeating Tee-K Kelly of Wheaton 1 up in the 36-hole championship match.

Illini track and field concludes national run

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois track and field’s Kandie Bloch-Jones finished in 20th place in the women’s high jump Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, capping the Illini’s run at the event.

Her best jump of 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches was short of the event’s winner, South Carolina’s Jeannelle Scheper, who jumped a 6 feet, 2 3/4 inches.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Arael Doolittle

Celebrating his 50th birthday Tuesday is former Fighting Illini football starter Arael Doolittle.

He came to the University of Illinois after a two-year junior college stint at Cisco, located between Fort Worth and Abilene, Texas.

Men's track and field places 10th nationally

EUGENE, Ore. — DJ Zahn was involved in three top-eight national finishes at Friday’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, helping the Illinois men’s track and field program to a share of 10th place in the final team standings.

Zahn placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 45.97 seconds and helped the 400 relay to a seventh-place showing and the 1,600 relay to an eighth-place finish.

Richartz third in pole vault

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Stephanie Richartz placed third in the pole vault, clearing a Big Ten- and school-record 14 feet, 71/4 inches on Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Richartz earned All-America honors in the event for the second time outdoors. In 2013, Richartz placed sixth.

Fraker 11th in hammer throw

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Davis Fraker placed 11th in the hammer throw Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Fraker threw 214 feet, 3 inches. Southern California’s Conor McCullough won the event with a throw of 252-4.

Illinois Track & Field Qualifiers

Illinois track qualifiers pose for photos at the UI track in Champaign on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.