Track and Field

Track and Field

UI roundup: Men's track and field wins local event

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field swept four events Saturday at the Illini Classic, netting the men a first-place finish and the women a runner-up display.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Wayne McClain and UI assistants

Sunday would have been former Illini assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain’s 62nd birthday. He joined Illinois’ staff following a seven-year career at Peoria’s Manual High School, where he directed the Rams to Class AA state championships in 1995, ’96 and ’97.

Tate: Let's talk about what athletic types won't

Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.

But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?

Change of pace: UI runner builds off freshman season

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Davis found himself in a sea of runners.

This was something he wasn’t used to. The only time he had more than a few runners around him in high school was at large national meets — Foot Locker Nationals and Nike Cross Nationals.

Whitman recalls wild first 10 months as UI AD

Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.

Honestly.

He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.

Top 10 East Central Illinois sports moments of 2016

Let’s be clear: The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years was one of the top sports stories of 2016 — No. 1 on The Associated Press’ list. But what about memorable moments to come out of East Central Illinois in a calendar year that will close once the clock hits midnight Saturday? Here are our 10 selections:

Illini legends, lists and lore: Deon Thomas

Twenty-three years ago today, Deon Thomas became Illinois men’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer.

Getting Personal: Amanda McGrory

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 30-year-old Savoy resident Amanda McGrory, a professional athlete and a graduate student, teaching assistant and research assistant at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

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UI roundup: Martinez lifts UI wrestlers

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Illinois wrestlers Isaiah Martinez, Brooks Black and Emery Parker each won titles on Saturday at the Northern Iowa Open.

Teammates Zac Brunson, Brock Ervin, Dylan Duncan (unattached) and Travis Piotrowski (unattached) each placed second in their respective weight classes.

UI roundup: Smoot, Phillips among award finalists

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football defensive ends Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips saw their collegiate careers end Saturday, but they’re still being recognized for their contributions to the Illini.