Track and Field

Track and Field

Sunday Conversation: Mike Turk

Mike Turk is one of four coaches at Illinois this spring who guided their team to a Big Ten title.

Next up for the Illini men’s track and field coach? The NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. B

Turk's programs set standard

CHAMPAIGN — Heading into next week’s NCAA National Championships, the Illinois men’s track and field team set a new standard.

The Illini checked in at No. 11 Monday in the latest United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Team Computer Rankings. It is the program’s highest-ever placement in the rankings.

Track and field: Illini national finalists set

AUSTIN, Texas — Illinois senior Breeana Coleman saw her track and field season end Saturday at the West Preliminary for the NCAA Championships, as her finish in the 100-meter hurdles did not allow her to advance.

Coleman completed the event in 13.60 seconds, finishing in 16th place. The top 12 competitors advanced.

UI roundup: Track and field national preliminaries underway

AUSTIN, Texas — Illinois’ DJ Zahn earned the top qualifying time in the men’s 400-meter run Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminaries for the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Zahn clocked a time of 45.51 seconds to win the preliminary event. Eastern Illinois’ Norvell Mohammed (ninth) and Illinois State’s Anderson Devonish (10th) also advanced.

Turk, Zahn honored

ROSEMONT — The Illinois men’s track and field team received recognition from the Big Ten on Tuesday, two days after the Illini won the program’s first Big Ten outdoor title since 1994.

Illinois coach Mike Turk was unanimously voted as the league’s Coach of the Year, the first time an Illinois men’s track and field coach earned the distinction since Gary Wieneke did so in 1994.

Men's track and field sprints to title

EAST LANSING, Mich. — For the Illinois men’s track and field team, the key takeaway from Saturday’s second day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships was success in short-distance events.

The Illini kept that story going as the event reached its final round Sunday. And it pushed Mike Turk’s team to something it hadn’t obtained in more than 20 years.

Nine Illini in running for track titles

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Short-distance events treated the Illinois men’s track and field team well Saturday in the second day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

The Illini have a shot at seven individual conference championship titles today — including six at distances of 800 meters or less — when the events’ final rounds are contested.

Richartz posts event-best height

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Illinois pole vaulter Stephanie Richartz cleared 14 feet, 4 inches to set a conference meet record and win the event Friday at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The old mark was  14-3, set by Indiana’s Vera Neuenswander in 2011.

In the 10,000-meter run, Illinois’ Alyssa Schneider was 10th in 35 minutes, 47.76 seconds.

Track and field: Conference meet storylines

The Illinois men’s track and field team is one of several contenders for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, which started Friday at Michigan State’s Ralph Young Track & Field Complex in East Lansing, Mich. The Illinois women are hoping to bring home multiple individual titles.

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.