Track and Field
Mike Turk’s defending Big Ten outdoor champions will send nearly 40 Illini athletes into Saturday’s Twilight meet at the Illinois Track Stadium.
But the 4:30 p.m. start of running events won’t serve as a home tuneup for another conference title run. The Illini men’s track and field team is too young and missing too many key scorers.
Tatyana McFadden continued her dominance at the Boston Marathon on Monday, winning her fourth consecutive women’s wheelchair race. Here are five other prominent former Illini who are shining in their respective sports:
CHAMPAIGN — Jean Driscoll knew the call was coming. And why.
The eight-time Boston Marathon winner watched another Illini racer take title No. 4 on Monday.
Tatyana McFadden, the dominant athlete in the women’s wheelchair division, is halfway to Driscoll’s Boston record.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Illinois came away from the NCAA Championships with an individual national champion each of the last five seasons.
Brandon Ngai made it six in a row Saturday. The 17-year-old sophomore posted a score of 15.450 to claim the pommel horse title by 0.150 point over Ohio State’s Alec Yoder, who beat him by 0.050 point two weeks ago in the Big Ten event finals.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Illini needed to place among the top three during Friday night’s session at the NCAA Championships to keep their season going.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A three-homer attack let Illinois baseball earn a split Saturday in a conference doubleheader against Iowa.
Doran Turchin, Trent Hammond and Jason Goldstein went yard as the Illini won Game 2 against the Hawkeyes, 10-4. The result followed a 4-3, 10-inning defeat for Illinois in Game 1.
One year ago this week, the Fighting Illini baseball team swept a weekend series at home against Purdue. In Game 1, Illinois struck with five runs in the first and cruised to a 10-5 victory before a crowd of 2,843. Junior Ryan Nagle, who finished a triple short of the cycle, went 3 for 5 with three runs, a home run and two RBI.
URBANA — Louise Kwong and Ines Vias teamed up for a victory, then each earned a solo win Friday in leading Illinois women’s tennis to a 5-2 triumph against visiting Indiana at Atkins Tennis Center. The victory was the sixth in a row for the Illini (11-6, 5-1 Big Ten).