Track and Field

Track and Field

UI roundup: Wells soars to new heights

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Jonathan Wells won the high jump, leaping 7 feet, 1 inch on Saturday in the Border Battle, as the Illini track and field team topped Missouri but lost to Iowa.

“Jonathan Wells was a big highlight. He had a big day, his high jump was electric, and I’m really happy with what he did,” UI coach Mike Turk said.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Lenny Willis

On Sunday's date in Illini history — Jan. 10, 1992 — former Ohio State football standout Lenny Willis was named Illinois running backs coach by head coach Lou Tepper. Twenty-four years later, he’s still in the Champaign-Urbana community with his wife, Arlette, serving his 17th year as UI’s director of sports facilities.

AD search: Rick George's stance hasn't changed

As Illinois searches for an athletic director ahead of the Jan. 21 trustees meeting, Rick George provided a reminder that he’s not in the mix.

One more glance: Top 2015 stories

What moments, games, athletes and possibly even more scandal will capture our attention in 2016? Before any can come to fruition, The News-Gazette sports staff looks back at the top 10 stories from the year that was:

Illini legends, lists and lore: Tom Porter

Tom Porter, a longtime member of the University of Illinois staff, celebrates his 74th birthday Sunday. He wrestled as an undergrad at Illinois, then at Indiana State, where he eventually received bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Dike Eddleman and the Hall of Fame

Thirty-two years ago today — Dec. 13, 1983 — Illini legend Dwight “Dike” Eddleman was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. Included among the second class initiated into the Indianapolis-based organization, Eddleman was one of the first six prep athletes received.

Tate: Momentum could fuel UI volleyball upset

Four Illini men’s teams captured runaway Big Ten championships and more last spring.

The UI women haven’t been keeping pace. But they could make a big splash tonight in Des Moines, Iowa. That’s where the university’s pre-eminent female squad, having reached volleyball’s Sweet 16, will try to pull a shocker against Big Ten champion Minnesota.

AD search chief a familiar face for UI athletics

URBANA — The chairman of the search committee that will recommend candidates for University of Illinois athletic director is no stranger to sports.

Professor Matthew Wheeler, named to head the panel last week, has served on the UI Athletic Board since 1998.

Tate: Waiting game burns UI in AD search

Speed is no longer needed in the search for an athletic director.

That’s because University of Illinois leaders made a mistake (imagine that!).

If the board of trustees, in cahoots with an interim chancellor (Barbara Wilson) and a first-year president, felt so strongly that Illinois needed a new direction, they should have dropped the ax on

Illini legends, lists and lore: Frank Richart

Born on this date 97 years ago today — Dec. 6, 1918 — was Frank “Bill” Richart. He was the University of Illinois’ Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner in 1940.