Track and Field

Track and Field

Top Illini pros: then & now

Twentieth-ranked Kevin Anderson has established himself as the best pro tennis player — now or ever — to come out of the University of Illinois. We asked staff writer Jeff Huth to pick the top current and all-time Illini pros in some other sports.

Freshman lifts Illini volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — Led by one of the youngest players on the court, the Illinois volleyball team kicked off its season — albeit unofficially — with a victory.

Freshman Michelle Strizak had 10 kills in 14 swings as the Illini beat a team of alumni 25-22, 25-15, 25-13 on Saturday night at Huff Hall.

UI roundup: Soccer team drops opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Illinois’ soccer team did something Friday that it hadn’t done since 2007: losing its season opener.

Tenth-ranked Notre Dame defeated the Illini 4-1. UI freshman Casey Conine tallied her team’s goal, scoring in the 66th minute.

Illini racing toward history


Loren Tate: Illini have taken many hits

Ron Garner was ready to run, but his legs were shot out from under before the gun went off.

He had barely drawn a breath as UI women’s track and field coach when he learned that superstars Ashley Spencer and Morolake Akinosun will follow coach Tonja Buford-Bailey to Texas.

Track stars headed to Texas

On June 26, Tonja Buford-Bailey announced she was leaving Illinois to become an associate head coach at the University of Texas.

On Tuesday, two of her biggest recruits at Illinois announced they were leaving to join Buford-Bailey in the Lone Star State.

Happy Birthday, Craig Virgin!

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore

Leo Johnson

Garner new Illinois women's track coach

CHAMPAIGN — Nearly a month after Tonja Buford-Bailey left Illinois to become the associate head coach at Texas, Illinois has a new women’s track and field coach.

Illinois announced the hiring of Ron Garner on Friday to replace Buford-Bailey, who went to Texas after five seasons as head coach at her alma mater.

Loren Tate: Game has too much weight

As an annual exhibition of stars, baseball’s All-Star Game is attractive and exciting. It provides a welcome four-day break midway through a grueling season.

But the suits are determined to make it something it isn’t.

All in the family

Tom, Darrin and Casey Fletcher are far from the only multi-generation family members to make their mark in University of Illinois sports history. Here are other notable examples of Illini athletes who kept it all in the family

Bill and Doug Altenberger