Track and Field

Roundup: Riley. Ruggeri shine

DES MOINES, Iowa — Andrew Riley didn’t mess around when it came time to qualify for the NCAA finals in his signature event.
The Illinois senior ran the second-fastest time of his career in the 110-meter hurdles Thursday to move within one win of another national collegiate title.

Riley got running start on his career

CHAMPAIGN — The original plan was for Andrew Riley to compete in the multi-events in college.

That, after all, was what first attracted the University of Illinois track and field coaching staff to the Kingston, Jamaica, native. In his homeland, Riley was Mr. Versatility in track and field — a two-time junior national champion in the heptathlon.

Illini speed to nationals

AUSTIN, Texas — The Illinois track and field teams are going to be busy at the NCAA Championships.
On Saturday, Andrew Riley led the parade to Des Moines, Iowa, by qualifying in the 110-meter hurdles and helping the 400-meter relay team advance. Riley’s time in the 110 hurdles was 13.31 seconds, 0.02 behind Texas A&M’s Wayne Davis II.

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Dennis Nevolo, men's tennis

UI tennis duo calls it a career

ATHENS, Ga. — Illinois seniors Dennis Nevolo and Roy Kalmanovich ended their collegiate tennis careers Friday at the NCAA Championships.

Nevolo, seeded seventh, lost 6-4, 6-3 to ninth-seeded Blaz Rola of Ohio State in singles. Nevolo and Kalmanovich dropped their Sweet 16 doubles match 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-1 to Ohio State's Rola and Chase Buchanan.

Burke transfers to Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Former Illinois forward Alexis Burke has joined the Rutgers women’s basketball team.
Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer announced Thursday that Burke transferred to the Big East Conference school after playing the last two years for the Illini.

Future looks bright for Spencer

CHAMPAIGN — While talking recently to one of her peers in the coaching profession, Tonja Buford-Bailey couldn't help but take offense.

The voice on the other end had the temerity to ask the Illinois women's track and field coach whether her freshman phenom, Ashley Spencer, was from Jamaica.

Spencer, Riley earn top honors

PARK RIDGE — Both of the Athlete of the Championship awards from the Big Ten Track & Field meets now reside in Champaign-Urbana.

After a breakout weekend, Ashley Spencer earned the women’s award. No surprise, she also was named Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.

Spencer leads Big Ten runners-up

MADISON, Wis. — Ashley Spencer put on a performance she won’t soon forget.

That the freshman’s record day at the Big Ten championships came with her mom in attendance — on Mother’s Day, no less — was even more special.

Roundup: Azie, Riley lead way

MADISON, Wis. — Andrew Riley has a chance to win more Big Ten track titles today. And he could get a push from his teammates.

In the 100, Riley qualified third with a time of 10.48 seconds. Two spots ahead of him stood Illini Stanley Azie, who clocked a 10.35.

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