Track and Field
DES MOINES, Iowa — The only college runner in the 400-meter finals at Saturday’s USA Track and Field Championships, Ashley Spencer showed no signs of nerves.
The NCAA champ from Illinois finished strong to place third and qualify for the World Championships in August in Moscow.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Running a career-best time in the women’s 200 meters Friday didn’t give Morolake Akinosun a second title at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships.
It did, however, ensure that the Illinois freshman will be doubly busy during the Pan American Junior Championships later this summer in South America.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Illinois freshman Morolake Akinosun outran SEC Outdoor Freshman of the Year Jennifer Madu to capture the women’s 100-meter title Thursday at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships.
CHAMPAIGN — Graham Morris isn’t exactly on a first-name basis with 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leonel Manzano or 2011 World Championships bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz.
Comment: NCAA tournament team won 35 games, most since 2000
Comment: Task one: End that 14-game Big Ten losing streak
Men’s basketball: B
Comment: Inconsistent bunch proved they belonged in NCAAs
Men’s cross-country: B
Comment: Big Ten finish of fourth was program’s best in 16 years
High point: Receiving Big Ten’s only at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Low point: Losing NCAA elimination game after entering ninth inning with 3-2 lead.
Big Ten finish: T-5th
What’s next: Plenty of holes to fill in field, but starting rotation returns intact.
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TOP MALE ATHLETES
1. Justin Parr, baseball. Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American taking sweet swing to pros.
2. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Sophomore Big Ten champion became first Illini to win an NCAA title at 125 pounds.
3. Fred Hartville, gymnastics. Proving Big Ten vault title was no fluke, freshman repeated feat at NCAA Championships.
CHAMPAIGN — She’s already won two NCAA titles, has serious Olympic potential and is in line for a track and field payday.
But Ashley Spencer is in no rush to leave the college scene.
“I want all four years of college — I know I can’t get them back,” the Illinois junior-to-be said. “(Leaving early) is tempting sometimes late at night, but I kind of like being in Orange and Blue.”