Track and Field
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.
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.