Track and Field

Track and Field

Sunday Special: Reflections from the press box

They have covered the Big Ten forever. They know every nook and cranny of the conference.

They are the Big Ten Sages.

UI roundup: Softballers bitten by walk-off home run

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Illinois was the last team to beat top-seeded Minnesota, who entered Saturday on a 23-game winning streak.

On April 1, the Illini topped the Gophers on a walk-off hit from Annie Fleming.

UI roundup: Wonderly leads way for Illini softball

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Heading into Friday's game against Penn State, it had been 13 years since Illinois softball had qualified for the Big Ten tournament's semifinal round.

Thanks to pitcher Breanna Wonderly's efforts, that skid came to an end.

UI Olympic sports update: Running, jumping and hitting along

While Brad Underwood tries to nail down some additions to his men's basketball roster and Lovie Smith deals with legal situations involving three of his football players, here's what else is going on Friday for other Illini sports spread out across the country:

Men's track and field

Asmussen: Distance matters for gala

It's been a very good first 15 months for Josh Whitman as Illinois athletic director.

He made a splash hire in football, bringing ex-Bears coach Lovie Smith back to college.

He went bold with his men's basketball choice, luring Brad Underwood away from Oklahoma State after only one year.

Tirico to emcee Illini Hall of Fame event

CHAMPAIGN — The date was already set for when Illinois athletics will introduce its first-ever Hall of Fame class to the public.

Now, the person who will help lead said introductions of the 28-person class is known.

NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico will serve as the emcee for the event slated for June 23 in Chicago, the UI announced on Wednesday.

UI roundup: Lipparelli seizes lead, golfers in 1st

BALTIMORE — The Illinois men’s golf team wasn’t as dominant Saturday in the second round of the Big Ten Championships.

That being said, the Illini extended their lead to 20 strokes by firing a 1-under 279 as a team, which was 10 strokes higher than Illinois’ first-round total.

UI roundup: Women's tennis moves on to Big Ten semis

URBANA — Rain forced the Big Ten women's tennis tournament inside at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, but there was no dampening Illinois' spirits after its win over Maryland.

The Illini took down the No. 47 Terrapins 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

UI roundup: Reiser, Lafond post top-five times

DES MOINES, Iowa — Illinois men’s track and field recorded a pair of top-five finishes Thursday in the Drake Relays’ open 5,000-meter run.

Illini Jesse Reiser crossed the finish line in 13 minutes, 54.66 seconds, good for fourth place. Teammate Dylan Lafond was just a spot behind, clocking 13:56.61. The winner was Drake’s Reed Fischer in 13:48.32.

On campus: Ex-area athletes star for UI track and field

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college