Track and Field

Track and Field

Angel''s home debut a hit as Knaus breaks record

CHAMPAIGN – Peter Knaus set a school record in the 35-pound weight throw to highlight Wayne Angel''s home debut as Illinois men''s track and field coach Saturday.

Illinois won 11 events to far outdistance runner-up Illinois State at the Illinois Open.

Illinois hires world-class assistant

CHAMPAIGN – With a staff opening to fill, Gary Winckler began contacting colleagues and friends for recommendations on a replacement.

Among the calls the Illinois women''s track and field coach placed was to one of the greatest athletes he''d ever coached. Perhaps Tonja Buford-Bailey, with her years on the national and international circuit, would know of an available and worthy candidate.

Illini assistant fourth

Jenny Adams, a volunteer assistant coach for the Illinois women''s track and field team, placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles Sunday at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Felicien has solid excuse for being late to UI

   PARIS – There''s a new world order in the women''s 100-meter hurdles, and on Wednesday, Perdita Felicien was crowned as its queen.

   With three-time world champion Gail Devers an unwilling spectator after failing to make it to the finals, Illinois senior Felicien ran the race of her life to beat favored Brigitte Foster of Jamaica and claim the gold medal in the IAAF World Track and Field Championships.

Felicien beats Devers at World Championships

   Chalk up another memorable moment for Illinois hurdler Perdita Felicien.

   Running in the 100-meter hurdles semifinals at the World Championships in Paris, Felicien beat American star Gail Devers, a three-time Olympic champion.

Ex-Illini sixth

   Former Illinois All-American Sherman Armstrong placed sixth in the 400-meter hurdles Monday at the Hanzekovic Memorial IAAF Grand Prix meet in Zagreb, Croatia.

Illini runner needed a year to rebound from asthmatic condition

   CHAMPAIGN  For Kyle Emkes, the Freedom Celebration 5K run couldn''t be more aptly named.

   When the Mahomet native steps to the starting line Friday, his mind will be free of doubts about his health. And when he crosses the finish line, Emkes hopes to have reason to celebrate his return to competitive racing  a return that''s been a year in the making.

Illini hurdler earns a spot

   His freshman year is over, but Illinois'' Adrian Walker doesn''t want the good feelings to end just yet.

   Walker, a Decatur MacArthur product, ran a time of 51.73 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles finals, finishing second in the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend at Palo Alto, Calif., and earning a spot on the U.S. team that will compete July 18-20 in the Pan Am Junior Championships at Bridgetown, Barbados.

Festival''s reputation growing

   CHAMPAIGN  From 6-year-old sprinters to 58-year-old milers, the Illini Heat Track and Field Festival drew some of the state''s best athletes to the UI track and field complex Saturday.

   The meet is 2 years old, but it already is recognized as one of the state''s premier stops on the summer schedule.

Illini Heat''s big track meet can''t be beat

   It''s one of the biggest track and field meets of the summer, and it''s right in your own back yard.

   Close to 1,000 athletes will hit the UI track and field complex today for the second annual Illini Heat Track and Field Festival, an event that''s become one of the state''s premier competitions.