Track and Field
Belated birthday greetings to former Illini NCAA champion Joe Corley, who turned 84 years old on Saturday. A track and field athlete for coach Leo Johnson, the standout athlete from St. Elmo High School won the 1954 NCAA individual title in the 220-yard hurdles in 22.60 seconds.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden placed second Friday in the T-54 women’s 100-meter final at the Paralympics.
McFadden finished in 16.13 seconds to take the silver medal, crossing the line just behind China’s Wenjun Liu (16.00). Current Illini Hannah McFadden just missed the race’s podium, placing fourth in 16.34.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Illinois graduate student Kelsey LeFevour placed seventh Thursday in the T53 women’s 100-meter dash at the Paralympics. She completed the race in 17.31 seconds.
Also in track and field, UI grad student Tatyana McFadden (third, 16.52) and current Illini Hannah McFadden (fourth, 16.55) advanced to the T54 100 finals Thursday.
The 2016 Paralympics started Wednesday and will continue through Sept. 18 in Rio. A look at athletes with local ties:
Dylan Alcott Tennis
Former UI student will represent Australia
Brian Bell Men’s basketball
Former UI student will play for United States
RANTOUL — Don’t pencil Pedrya Seymour in for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just yet.
Yes, the redshirt junior Illinois hurdler made the unprecedented move of qualifying for her first Olympics four months after first running the 100 hurdles competitively.
CHAMPAIGN — Pedrya Seymour was recruited to Illinois by former track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey primarily for how quickly she could cover 400 meters.
That was Seymour’s race — the 400, 1,600 relay and especially the 400 hurdles.
Eight with UI connections are at the Rio Games. A quick breakdown:
Jill Ellis, United States
Women’s soccer coach
The reigning CONCACAF and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year has an Olympic favorite in a team coming off a World Cup victory last year.
CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.
All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.