Track and Field
Illinois men’s tennis isn’t the only Olympic sports team in action this weekend for the Illini:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.
He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.