Track and Field

Track and Field

Kendziera collects two medals at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera was a whisker away from an NCAA title.

Officially, it was 0.01 seconds.

That's all that seperated the Illinois redshirt senior from his first-ever national championship in the final meet of his college career.

Kendziera advances to NCAA finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois hurdler David Kendziera advanced to the finals in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles after clocking top-3 times in both events Wednesday at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore.

Kendziera ran the 400 hurdles in 49.54 seconds for the second-fastest overall time, while finishing third overall in the 110 hurdles with a 13.43 clocking.

Finding rhythm: Illini hurdler set for college finale

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera watched Aries Merritt closely during warmups for the 110-meter hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif. The Illinois redshirt senior took in everything Merritt did at the April meet, looking for any tips or tricks he could incorporate into his own training.

Seven Illini bound for NCAA outdoor championships

Counting hurdling standout David Kendziera, the Illini will have seven athletes at the premier outdoor track and field event that starts today at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY caught up with them:

Kowalczyk to retire

The man who bridged the gap in leadership for the Illinois athletic department from the time Mike Thomas was fired to the time Josh Whitman was hired will retire from the university.

Paul Kowalczyk will step aside as the Illini's executive senior associate athletic director, effective Aug. 31, following more than 30 years of working in college athletics.

June 7 Illinois basketball chat

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:30pm

Part of Illinois' 2018 recruiting class will start arriving in Champaign this week. Ayo Dosunmu, of course, will still be in Colorado Springs working for a spot on the U.S. U18 National Team that will play later this month in the FIBA Americas Championship in Canada. Basketball season might still be four months away, but there's plenty happening with the Illini.

Illini hurdler Kendziera nabs accolade

CHAMPAIGN — The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Friday afternoon that Illinois hurdler David Kendziera was its 2018 Midwest Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Illini bow out against Purdue

OMAHA, Neb. — Now, the waiting game begins for the Illinois baseball team.

The Illini's 11-5 loss to Purdue in Saturday's semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park eliminated Dan Hartleb's team from the conference gathering.

Friday's UI roundup: Men's golf tied for 14th at NCAAs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Devin Quinn is bound for Track Town USA.

So is David Kendziera.

Quinn, a junior, qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 10.28 seconds in Friday's 100-meter dash at the NCAA West Preliminary in Sacramento, Calif.

Top of the Morning, May 15, 2018

Our podcast lineup continues to grow at, with basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY the latest to offer his expertise for our listening audience.

He's one of four newsroom veterans who regularly weigh in with unique content at our website.