Staff writer Jeff Huth's five Illini storylines for the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which begin today at Iowa City, Iowa
Morgan wins 1,500, setting meet record in the process
DES MOINES, Iowa — No school has produced winners at the Drake Relays like Illinois.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No. 11 Illinois used a strong run over the final six holes Friday to take a 5-stroke lead against No. 13 Iowa at the Big Ten Championships.
Led by Luke Guthrie (74-69—143), the Illini rallied from a 4-shot deficit after the first round.
MADISON, Wis. — Meredith Hackett had two hits and two RBI as the Illinois softball team held off Wisconsin 4-2 Saturday in eight innings.
The Illini (20-17, 7-4 Big Ten) scored three times in the eighth. Kelley Wedel added two hits and two RBI, and Danielle Zymkowitz added two hits.
URBANA — Illinois sophomore KU Singh made quick work of Minnesota's Sebastian Gallego with a 6-2, 6-1 victory, but the 18th-ranked Illini dropped a 4-3 decision to the 23rd-ranked Gophers on Friday at Atkins Tennis Center.
"We got great leadership from our guys in terms of what to do, but we didn't execute and stay calm when we needed to and just lost control of things out there," Illinois coach Brad Dancer said. "We've got to rebound and play a good match against Wisconsin. I think everyone will certainly be gravely disappointed after this match."
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois senior Kelly Washington won two events Thursday and was in third place after the first four events of the women’s heptathlon at the Polytan Invitational track and field meet.
Washington scored 3,122 points and trailed leader Maddie Buttinger of Notre Dame by 56 points. Washington placed first in the 100-meter hurdles (14.30 seconds) and the 200 dash (25.03). The Grayslake native also tied for second in the high jump (5 feet, 41/2 inches) with Indiana senior Laura Morris, a Mahomet-Seymour graduate. Morris was fourth in the points standings with 3,019.
URBANA — Mason Jacobs held up well in miserable conditions Saturday. His Illinois teammates weren't too shabby, either.
Jacobs was one of three golfers to shoot par or better in the first round of the Illini Spring Classic, helping Mike Small's 10th-ranked team stay in contention. Rain and wind caused tournament officials to cut the event to 36 holes, with play resuming at 9 a.m. today at Stone Creek.
CLEVELAND — It took the Illinois women's gymnastics program 37 years to produce five All-Americans. The Illini did one better than that Friday night alone.
Led by three-time honoree Melissa Fernandez, the Illini collected six All-America honors at the Wolstein Center at the NCAA Championships.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jessica Davis belted a pair of home runs and Pepper Gay fired a two-hit shutout to lead the Illinois softball team to an 8-0, five-inning win against Ohio State on Saturday.