CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after claiming the 100 meters and placing second in the 400 hurdles at the Texas State Elite Meet, the league office announced Wednesday.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ashley Spencer ran the fastest indoor 400 meters in the history of Illinois women’s track and field Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough for the defending outdoor champion to claim another NCAA title.
In fact, it wasn’t fast enough to finish in the top two.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Tonja Buford-Bailey was named the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s Midwest Region Head Women’s Coach of the Year on Monday.
“It’s great to receive this honor,” Buford-Bailey said. “It makes me feel even better knowing that I received this award because my peers voted for me. I’m really honored.”
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Illinois’ Kyle Engnell, Stephon Pamilton, Ryan Lynn and Graham Morris broke an 18-year-old school record in the distance medley relay, finishing sixth overall in 9 minutes, 29.40 seconds Friday at the Alex Wilson Last Chance meet.
The previous record (9:36.33) was set in 1995 by Eric Henson, Ben Beyers, Chris Saunders and Marko Koers.
Illinois, which won its first Big Ten indoor women's track title since 1996, was recognized by the Big Ten today.
Tonja Buford-Bailey (Coach of the Year), Ashley Spencer (Athlete of the Year/Athlete of the Championships) and Morolake Akinosun (Freshman of the Year) took home major awards.
GENEVA, Ohio — Illinois coach Tonja Buford-Bailey first heard the chatter after her team finished second at last May’s Big Ten outdoor meet.
“They said second place was not good enough, that they only wanted to win,” Buford-Bailey said. “They’ve been talking a long time. This new generation likes to talk a lot, likes to get on Twitter and say what they’re going to do.
Jeff Huth's former Illini power rankings:
1. Steve Stricker
Illini fans hope world’s No. 13, who turns 46 this month, wins at least one major before he’s done.
2. Deron Williams
Nets point guard became third fastest in league history to reach 5,000 assists (554 games).
CHAMPAIGN — Jesse Delgado knocked off top-ranked Matt McDonough, but three other Illinois wins weren’t nearly enough as No. 2 Iowa claimed a 25-12 Big Ten wrestling victory Friday night at Huff Hall.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois pole vaulter Matthew Bane won his second title of the year Saturday, setting the fifth-highest mark in program history at the Indiana Relays track and field meet.
The Illini junior cleared a personal-best 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches.
Senior Ryan Lynn (800 meters invitational) also won an event title for Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN — Courtney Yaeger claimed the 3,000 meters in a personal-best 9 minutes, 39.04 seconds, leading Illinois’ women’s track and field team to the title Saturday at the Illini Classic. Yaeger’s time narrowly missed being one of the top 10 in school history.