Track and Field
Illinois athletics kept The News-Gazette headline writers busy throughout the week. Court decisions, student-athlete reinstatements, criminal charges dropped. There was a new story every day.
On Page 2 of Saturday’s sports section, a smaller headline read “Hood receives promotion.” Not as splashy but every bit as important.
Forty-five years ago today, former Champaign High School star Mark Koster set an Illini varsity record in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles with a clocking of 51.3 seconds.
CHAMPAIGN – Warren Hood was instrumental in the renovations at Memorial Stadium. The longtime DIA administrator also took control of the State Farm Center project when Tom Michael left the University of Illinois to become athletic director at Eastern Illinois.
LINCOLN, Neb. — One-hundreth of a second was all that separated Illinois hurdler Pedrya Seymour from being called a Big Ten champion. But it wasn’t to be Sunday at the conference’s outdoor championship event.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois had enough pitching and defense, but the Illini couldn’t generate enough offense in their 3-1 loss against Indiana on Saturday in a Big Ten Conference baseball game.
“I thought we pitched well,” UI coach Dan Hartleb said of starter Doug Hayes and reliever Cole Bellair. “Doug Hayes gave us a chance to win, and we got out of some big spots.”
Eleven years ago this week, Fighting Illini players dominated the 2005 All-Big Ten baseball team. Led by conference Player of the Year Drew Davidson, Illinois secured five of the 14 spots. Davidson, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, started all 32 Big Ten games in center field, averaging .346, hitting eight home runs and 10 doubles and knocking in 31 RBI.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Sara Groenewegen tossed a complete-game one-hitter Friday, lifting Minnesota softball to a 2-0 win against Illinois in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
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.