Track and Field

Track and Field

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Asmussen: 5 picks for second UI Hall class

We know Lou Henson will be part of the Illinois Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Who joins the coaching legend? Here are Bob Asmussen's five picks:

Ashley Berggren

women's basketball

Sitting down with Josh Whitman

Josh Whitman has stayed busy in his first 15 months on the job as the Illinois athletic director. From firing and hiring coaches, to developing renovation plans for Memorial Stadium and much more, the 38-year-old Whitman doesn't lack for things to do. He held court with the media earlier this week on the UI campus, and The News-Gazette's Marcus Jackson was there.

AD: Two Hall of Fame events was always the plan

CHAMPAIGN — During a wide-ranging media roundtable on Tuesday at the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building, Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman went on a tangent about the history and tradition the Illini have carved in 120 years of competition.

Kendziera takes top Big Ten honor

ROSEMONT — Less than a week after David Kendziera placed third in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships, the Illinois redshirt junior received the Big Ten’s Track Athlete of the Year honor on Wednesday.

Kendziera earned first team All-American honors in the 110 and 400 hurdles this season after claiming the 400 title at the Big Ten Championships.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Rod Tolbert

At the time he performed for the Fighting Illini, Roderick Lamar “Rod” Tolbert was among the two fastest sprinters in University of Illinois track and field history.

Celebrating his 50th birthday today, the native of Landover, Md., ranked second only to Lester Washington amongst the Illini’s all-time 100-meter specialists.

Kendziera places third

EUGENE, Ore. — Before Friday night, David Kendziera felt good about his chances of winning a national title in the 110-meter hurdles at historic Hayward Field.

“I’m very comfortable going there,” Kendziera said. “Going back, it’s just going to be another meet. That’s what I really like is it takes the pressure off.”

Freshman Davis going the distance for Illini

EUGENE, Ore. — At one point in his distinguished high school running career at Oakwood, Jon Davis wanted to run for Oregon.

Kendziera advances to finals

Hear from coach Mike Turk Thursday at 5:10 on WDWS.

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois hurdler David Kendziera is familiar with the NCAA championships at Hayward Field.

The redshirt junior placed third at the 2015 NCAA meet in the 400-meter hurdles before injuries wreaked havoc on his 2016 season.

Quartet of Illini at NCAA meet

Before Jon Davis, David Kendziera, Dylan Lafond and Jonathan Wells compete in their respective events this week at the NCAA championships, sports editor Matt Daniels caught up with the quartet ahead of their time in Oregon:

Jon Davis | Freshman | 5,000 meters