Track and Field

Track and Field

Sunday Conversation: Rod Lovett

Rod Lovett’s position on the UI track and field coaching staff was eliminated in August 1989, shortly after he had signed a year’s lease locally on an apartment. He accepted a part-time position at Parkland College to help pay the bills. “It was a stopgap,” Lovett said.

Illini, Buckeyes to square off

EAST LANSING, Mich.  — Bring on Ohio State. Again.

The Illinois men’s tennis team will get a chance to win its second Big Ten tournament title in the past three seasons at 11 a.m. Sunday against the heralded Buckeyes after the second-seeded Illini blanked sixth-seeded Michigan 4-0 on Saturday in the semifinals.

Softball team stuns Michigan

URBANA — Brandi Needham scattered five hits in six innings, leading Illinois to a 10-2 Big Ten softball victory Friday against fourth-ranked Michigan at Eichelberger Field.

Brittany Sanchez went 3 for 4 with three RBI for the Illini, who received two hits and three RBI from Jess Perkins.

McFadden rises to the top

Tatyana McFadden was returning to her hotel in Boston when she heard a loud noise.

“We could hear something, but we had no idea what it was so we just kept pushing,” she said.

Hours earlier, the then-University of Illinois student had won the women’s wheelchair division of the world’s oldest continuous — and best-known — marathon.

Volleyball enjoys Kenney return

URBANA — The Illinois volleyball team defeated Kentucky during a four-set spring practice match Saturday.

The Illini won 25-22, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-20 at Kenney Gym. The match took place there because of renovation work at Huff Hall.

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Jay, Roper deliver for baseball team

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Drasen Johnson turned in another solid effort on the mound, leading Illinois to a 6-3 Big Ten baseball victory against Penn State on Friday night.

Johnson, who struck out six, allowed nine hits and one earned run in 61/3 innings.

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Women's gymnasts reach nationals

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 11 Illinois women’s gymnastics team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on Saturday night by placing second at the Minneapolis Regional.

With a score of 196.600, the Illini edged No. 14 Minnesota by 0.25 point for the runner-up spot. No. 2 Oklahoma won with a 197.725.

Tennis team continues home streak

URBANA — Tim Kopinski and Blake Bazarnik won in singles and doubles to lead No. 11 Illinois to a 6-1 victory against Michigan State on Friday in men’s tennis at Atkins Tennis Center.

The Illini (15-7) remained unbeaten at home at 8-0 and improved to 4-2 in the Big Ten after capturing their 12th doubles point of the season.

Big Ten reverses UI tennis result

CHAMPAIGN — The result of the March 28 men’s tennis match between Illinois and Penn State was overturned by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday.

The Nittany Lions filed a protest about the lineup the Illini used in the match at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.

The league’s protest committee agreed with Penn State, awarding the No. 2 singles point to the Nittany Lions.