Track and Field
Twenty-one years ago, Illinois track and field standout Aaron Mobarak won first-team Academic All-America honors. His 3.9-plus grade-point average and back-to-back Big Ten titles in the triple jump earned him honors in this club of overachievers.
Upon the conclusion of his academic career at Illinois, Mobarak secured a master's degree in business administration from Harvard.
EUGENE, Ore. — Centennial product Gia Lewis-Smallwood, an Illinois grad, qualified for Sunday's discus finals at the U.S. Olympic trials, throwing 188 feet, 11 inches Friday.
Lewis-Smallwood had the sixth-best toss in the prelims. Stephanie Brown Trafton was first at 206-1.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois freshman Ashley Spencer was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the female Bowerman Award, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
The award is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Andrew Riley wasn't nearly at his fastest. A headwind of 3.5 mph undoubtedly had something to do with that.
Still, the greatest hurdler in University of Illinois men's track and field history was fast enough Saturday at Drake Stadium to complete a historic feat.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Very few, if any, of the thousands of spectators on hand at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium could identify who won the men's 100-meter final.
Illinois' Andrew Riley knew.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Freshman Ashley Spencer celebrated her 19th birthday by becoming the second Illinois national champion Friday, winning the women's 400 in 50.95 seconds, the fastest time in the country this season.
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.
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.
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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