Track and Field
On this date 26 years ago — June 5, 1990 — it was announced Pennsylvania State University had joined the Big Ten Conference. Just four months into his first term as commissioner of the conference, Jim Delany first seriously entertained the suggestion brought to him by then-University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry, a Penn State graduate.
EUGENE, Ore. — Mike Small is in the running for another national Coach of the Year honor, the Dave Williams Award. His team’s work Saturday at the NCAA men’s golf championships showed why.
After struggling to a 10-over-par opening round the day before, Illinois bounced back with an even-par round at Eugene Country Club.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember 53 men who not only earned varsity letters as University of Illinois athletes, but who, most significantly, also served in action during World War II:
Alex Agase, FB/WR
Ralph Bassey, FB
Frank Bauman, FB
Paul Behan, TF
Joseph Buscemi, FB
Tony Butkovich, FB
Lyle Button, FB
Arthur Dufelmeier, FB
Dwight Eddleman, FB/BK/TF
With the 100th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing set for its first green flag Sunday at 12:19 p.m. — pre-race activities begin about an hour before that — contributor Troy Gentle looks back at some of the most memorable moments in the event’s storied history:
TULSA, Okla. — Illini sophomore Aleks Vukic advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships on Friday, defeating North Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider 6-4, 6-1.
CHARLESTON — Jon Davis’ stomach began to hurt Tuesday night, and by Thursday’s Class 1A state track and field preliminaries, he knew his plan for this weekend’s meet had to change.
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.