Track and Field

Track and Field

Asmussen: Past AD has Illinois ready for present

On a sunny Thursday morning, Ron Guenther walks into a Champaign restaurant. Fit and trim. You can’t believe he turns 70 in October.

And hard to believe it has been almost four years since Guenther last ran the Illinois athletic department.

For 19 years, the former Illinois football MVP led a coach-friendly program.

Bauch, Thomas highlight squad

ROSEMONT— Illinois softball players Allie Bauch and Carly Thomas were named first-team All-Big Ten on Wednesday, and teammate Alyssa Gunther rated a spot on the second team.

Asmussen: Fictitious Hall of Fame a blast

I love sports. 

And I love movies/TV.

Thanks to Kirk Buchner, both my worlds collide. In a good way.

The Canadian-based Buchner is the owner/creator of the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.

“It is a labor of love,” Buchner said.

UI roundup: Softball seeks tournament bye

LINCOLN, Neb. — A first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament remains a possibility for coach Terri Sullivan’s softball squad, but the Illini need to take care of business today against Nebraska and then get some help.

If Illinois defeats the Cornhuskers and Northwestern loses, the Illini will secure a spot in the tournament quarterfinals.

Tate: Q&A with Mike Thomas

The role of an athletic director touches on an endless variety of issues. Moving into May, Mike Thomas provides an Illini update:

 

How has the success of the men’s spring teams impacted the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics?

Tate: Don't overlook track team

Mike Turk feels like the younger brother trying to play with the older boys on the sandlot.

Turk is coaching a strong Illini men’s track and field team — ranked 17th ­in the latest outdoor poll — but a new bar has been set on campus, and it’s extremely high.

Big Ten honors Zahn again

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men’s track and field sprinter DJ Zahn was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week on Wednesday.

The Morton native is the first Illini to garner the honor in back-to-back weeks since Andrew Riley accomplished the feat during the 2012 season.

UI roundup: McMahon, Krug receive league honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illini Liz McMahon and Will Krug each received a Big Ten Medal Honor on Monday during the Fighting Illini All-Sports banquet.

McMahon, an All-American volleyball player, and Krug, a representative of Illinois baseball, received the 101st version of the award, which is given to a graduating male and female student-athlete at each Big Ten school.

Tate: Men's spring programs making a splash

“We can’t do it. We can’t pick out an MVP on this tennis team. It’s impossible.”

Brad Dancer’s words aren’t “coach speak.” A year ago, then-junior Farris Gosea of Wales captured MVP honors, not just for Illini tennis, but also for the Big Ten.

UI roundup: Hardy leads dominant Illini

NEWBURGH, Ind. — Illinois freshman Nick Hardy had an 8-under-par score through three rounds Saturday at the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships, and the Illini were at 19 under as a team for a 32-stroke advantage against Ohio State.

Hardy’s three-round total of 208 is the lowest of his career to date. He carried a 2-stroke individual lead into today’s final round.