Track and Field

Track and Field

Olympic sports in full swing for Illini this weekend

Illinois men’s tennis isn’t the only Olympic sports team in action this weekend for the Illini:

UI roundup: Men's tennis opens season with win

NORMAN, Okla. — Illinois won five of six singles matches on Saturday, lifting the No. 17 men’s tennis team to a 4-2 win against No. 25 Arkansas at the ITA Kickoff.

After the Illini (1-0) dropped the doubles point, they rattled off three straight singles victories before closing out the match in the No. 6 competition.

UI roundup: Wrestlers ease past MSU at home

CHAMPAIGN — Kyle Langenderfer (157 pounds), Emery Parker (184) and Brooks Black (heavyweight) each posted major decisions, leading Illinois to a 30-9 Big Ten wrestling victory against Michigan State on Friday night at Huff Hall.

UI roundup: Seymour climbs timing charts

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Illini hurdler Pedrya Seymour has been chasing former Illini Perdita Felicien.

On Saturday, she nearly caught her.

Seymour recorded a personal-best time in the 60-meter hurdles prelims (8.09 seconds) and again in the final (7.98) to finish as the top collegian at the Rod McCravy Memorial.

UI roundup: Wrestlers cruise to victory

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois won eight of 10 matches on Friday in a 34-6 victory against Michigan at Huff Hall.

The 12th-ranked Illini received victories from Travis Piotrowski (125 pounds), Zane Richards (133), Eric Barone (149), Kyle Langenderfer (157), Isaiah Martinez (165), Zac Brunson (174), Emery Parker (184) and Brooks Black (285) against the 15th-rated Wolverines.

UI roundup: Men's track and field wins local event

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field swept four events Saturday at the Illini Classic, netting the men a first-place finish and the women a runner-up display.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Wayne McClain and UI assistants

Sunday would have been former Illini assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain’s 62nd birthday. He joined Illinois’ staff following a seven-year career at Peoria’s Manual High School, where he directed the Rams to Class AA state championships in 1995, ’96 and ’97.

Tate: Let's talk about what athletic types won't

Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.

But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?

Change of pace: UI runner builds off freshman season

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Davis found himself in a sea of runners.

This was something he wasn’t used to. The only time he had more than a few runners around him in high school was at large national meets — Foot Locker Nationals and Nike Cross Nationals.

Whitman recalls wild first 10 months as UI AD

Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.

Honestly.

He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.