Track and Field

Track and Field

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.

Sunday's UI roundup: Wells claims Big Ten high jump title

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — What a weekend it was for Jonathan Wells.

The Illinois redshirt junior capped it off by winning the men's high jump title during the final day of the Big Ten track and field outdoor championships on Sunday at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.

Illini women's tennis falls in round of 32

LUBBOCK, Texas — A historic run of firsts for the Illinois women's tennis team has reached its end.

A bid for the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA quarterfinals fell short as Illinois suffered a season-ending 4-2 loss to No. 11 Texas Tech in Saturday's NCAA second-round match.

Illini freshmen shine on NCAA stage

LUBBOCK, Texas — Stepping into the NCAA tournament for the first time can often be daunting.

The freshmen on the Illinois women's tennis proved to be the exception.