Track and Field

Track and Field

Haagensen, Ruggeri lead Illini charge

CHAMPAIGN – Wes Haagensen (89.600) and Paul Ruggeri (84.150) took the top two spots in the all-around competition Saturday as the sixth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team defeated No. 5 Michigan 357.150-353.200 at Huff Hall.

In addition to his all-around title, Haagensen won the parallel bars, just ahead of Illinois' Tyler Yamauchi and Brian Liscovitz. Haagensen also netted a second place in the horizontal bar event.

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Masheto captures fourth Big Ten championship

MADISON, Wis. – Gakologelwang Masheto added his fourth Big Ten track and field title Sunday by winning the 400-meter dash at the conference indoor championship meet.

The Illinois junior finished in 47.23 seconds, nearly 0.2 second faster than second-place finisher Jeremy Orr of Michigan State.

Hoffman, Illini claim national wheelchair basketball title

CHAMPAIGN – Carlee Hoffman had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the UI women's wheelchair basketball team defeated Alabama 44-43 on Saturday in the title game of the national tournament.

Evans' focus goes far beyond Big Ten Indoor Championships

CHAMPAIGN – It's a blustery afternoon in February. Aja Evans sits on the sideline at the UI Armory, twisting the ring – her late grandmother's wedding band – on her left ring finger while she contemplates the last two whirlwind years.

The Illinois sophomore, a graduate of Chicago Morgan Park, never suspected she would end up in Champaign-Urbana.

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Baseball steals season opener

EDINBURG, Texas – Five different players drove in one run as the Illinois baseball team knocked off Sam Houston State 6-4 on Friday.

Casey McMurray, Brandon Wikoff, Ryan Hastings, Joe Bonadonna and Kyle Hudson each had RBI.

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Ruggeri, Illini go down swinging

CHAMPAIGN – Paul Ruggeri won individual titles on floor (15.700), vault (16.050) and high bar (14.750) but it wasn't enough as fifth-ranked Illinois lost to top-ranked Penn State in a Big Ten men's gymnastics meet Saturday at Huff Hall.

The Nittany Lions rallied to win 352.300-351.000.

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