Track and Field
ROSEMONT — Illinois softball landed three players on the Big Ten’s all-conference teams the league released on Wednesday.
Second baseman Allie Bauch (.333 average, seven home runs, 33 RBI) and right fielder Nicole Evans (.331, 12 home runs and 50 RBI) were second-team selections, with Bauch and center fielder Carly Thomas named to the conference’s all-defensive team.
Kurt Becker called Kentucky Derby wins by Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quiet (1998) in his role as track announcer at Churchill Downs and was an NBCSports Radio analyst for last year’s win by American Pharoah. The Altamont native, whose father, Carl, revitalized the University of Illinois horse farm, will be back on the call Saturday.
Thirty-five years ago this week — May 3, 1981 — the Illini baseball team swept Northwestern in a Big Ten-ending series.
The 4-1 and 6-0 victories gave Illinois a final conference record of 11-3, enough to send it into the first Big Ten playoffs.
Todd Schmitke supported Randy Conte’s three-hit gem in the opener with a two-RBI single.
Money, money, money! Some describe the NCAA as the sports version of Monopoly.
Illinois now officially lists its athletic budget at $110 million, this year incorporating State Farm Center operating costs and debt service into what had previously been accepted as a number somewhere over $80 million.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Illinois men’s track and field team won its fourth consecutive Hy-Vee Cup at the prestigious Drake Relays, relying on two runner-up finishes Saturday to take home the hardware.
Illinois edged Texas for the title with 24 points as Mo Maat, Joe Haight, Cam Viney and Konrad Eiring placed second in the sprint medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 23.05 seconds.
MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois men’s tennis lost just three Big Ten matches in the 2016 regular season. Two came to Northwestern and Ohio State, the only teams seeded better than the Illini in the Big Ten tournament.
LONDON — After starting the week by winning her fourth consecutive Boston Marathon, former Illini Tatyana McFadden completed a quartet of London wheelchair titles.
McFadden won in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 14 seconds for her fourth title in four tries.
With last year’s 50-victory rampage a fading memory, Dan Hartleb’s Illini baseball team arose this morning with its back to the wall.
After Saturday’s unimpressive 9-1 loss to Ohio State, the teams will match 5-6 conference records at 1 p.m. here today with the realization that it’ll probably take .500 or better to reach the eight-team Big Ten tournament.
CHAMPAIGN — Cam Viney had no stage fright as a result of being in front of a home crowd for the first time this season.
The Illinois hurdler captured the 110- and 400-meter titles Saturday in the Illinois Twilight meet, pacing the UI men’s team.
His season-best time of 50.66 seconds was tops in the 400 hurdles while his clocking of 14.04 seconds led the 110 hurdles competition.