Track and Field

Track and Field

Bizzarri on fast track

 

CHAMPAIGN – Angela Bizzarri enters this week's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships as the No. 1 seed in the women's 5,000 meters.

For that, the Illinois junior can thank her considerable physical skills, years of disciplined training and a resolute drive to keep improving. She also can thank the astute guidance of Illini women's distance running coach Jeremy Rasmussen. And, perhaps most of all, she can thank Jenny Barringer.

 

Bizzarri, Meacham honored

CHAMPAIGN — Junior track standout Angela Bizzarri and senior basketball player Trent Meacham represented Illinois on the Big Ten Sportsmanship team.
The two were selected from the school’s individual event winners from the 2008-09 season.

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The NCAA on Tuesday announced at-large selections for next week's national meet, a list that included Illini junior Aja Evans, sophomore Melissa Bates and the UI 1,600-meter relay team.

Illinois' Brown earns crown in hurdles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Illinois' Deserea Brown finished first Saturday in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Mideast track and field regional, clocking 57.00 seconds.

Teammate Latoya Griffith was third in the event in 57.87.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore

Thirteen years ago, Illinois women's track and field star Tonya Williams won the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Women's Track & Field Championships. She set an NCAA meet record with a time of 54.56 seconds. Also in that meet, Williams finished second in the 100 hurdles and third as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team. The Illini finished fourth in the team standings at the 1996 outdoor meet and sixth at the indoor championships. The 14-time All-American won 20 Big Ten championships, 10 in individual events and 10 as a relay member. Williams was the conference's Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 1996. She is listed among Illinois' top five performers in history in the indoor 200, 600, 55 hurdles and 4x400 relay. Outdoors, Williams is among the leaders in the 100 hurdles, the 400 hurdles, the 4x100 relay, the 4x200 relay, the 4x400 relay, the sprint medley relay and the shuttle hurdle relay. She was Illinois' Female Athlete of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

Shroka, Bizzarri advance to NCAAs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Greg Shroka placed fourth in the high jump at Friday's NCAA Mideast Regional Championships to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Shroka cleared a career-best 7 feet, 1 inch, the second-best performance in Illinois history to Gail Olson's 7-3 1/2. The junior will be the first Illini to high jump at the NCAAs since Olson in 1979.

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Four Illini baseball players named Academic All-Big Ten for third time

UI track preview

Staff writer Jeff Huth takes a look at the Illini track and field teams heading into the NCAA Mideast Regional. The two-day meet begins Friday at Louisville, Ky.

Wisslead right on track

CHAMPAIGN – Look in the media guide for the Illinois men's track and field team and you'll see Sciota, Ill., listed as Cody Wisslead's hometown.

Truth be told, the Illini sophomore grew up on a farm located about 5 miles from the west central Illinois community.

Four track athletes feted

Illinois senior sprinter Gakologelwang Masheto and three members of the Illini women's team were selected to All-Big Ten first teams for the outdoor season, the conference announced Wednesday.

Melissa Bates, Deserea Brown and Aja Evans represented Illinois on the women's honor team. Like Masheto, each won titles at the Big Ten outdoor meet last weekend.