Track and Field

Recent potholes disappoint Wieneke as he nears the end

CHAMPAIGN – For Gary Wieneke, the finish line to a Hall of Fame coaching career is steps away.

Two steps, to be exact.

Felicien's flying high

MINNEAPOLIS – Perdita Felicien made sure there would be no repeat.

After clipping the final hurdle and finishing second to Indiana's Danielle Carruthers in the 100-meter hurdles at last spring's Big Ten outdoor track and field championships, Felicien took her second career conference title with a resounding win Sunday.

UI''s Bearfield hoping to cap career on high note

MINNEAPOLIS  She could have been walking down the aisle Sunday, wearing a cap and gown. Instead, Chequetta Bearfield plans to be running and jumping. The Illinois senior competes in her final Big Ten outdoor track meet starting today at Bierman Stadium. Finals are scheduled Sunday in the 100 meters, 200 and sprint relays. All are within Bearfield''s grasp.

UI athletes true products of campus

As twilight bore down last weekend on Iowa City, all those 70-mile weeks of training paid off for Illini Aaron Wahls. He ran his fastest 1,500 meters (3 minutes, 49.11 seconds), promoting him into the NCAA Regional on May 30-31 at Ohio State.

Come July, the three-time Academic All-Big Ten runner will begin seven weeks of training with Goldman Sachs in New York before returning to Chicago as an equity derivative analyst in the futures market ... all the while preparing for his level-one Chartered Financial Analyst exam in December.

Longtime Illini running coach plans to retire

   When you''ve been doing the same job at the same place for more than 35 years, it begs the question:

   Do you ever get bored?

Illinois lands state track champions

   CHAMPAIGN  Two state champions and a former state runner-up signed national letters of intent with the Illinois men''s track and field program, the school announced Monday.

   Tramell Smith of Willowbrook, Jason Bill of Bureau Valley and Anthony Young of Rich Central bring to seven the number of scholarship athletes in coach Gary Wieneke''s latest recruiting class. Four others, including state champion Charley Kurlinkus of Hononegah, also are joining the team as walk-ons.

UI track signs four

   The Illinois women''s track and field team signed four prep standouts to national letters of intent, coach Gary Winckler announced Friday.

   Nina Henson of Tucson, Ariz., is a two-time Arizona state champion in the triple jump. Her career-best triple jump of 40 feet, 11 inches won ranked ninth nationally among preps.

Illinois men reload with four-member class

   CHAMPAIGN  Two IHSA state champions and an indoor national titlist signed letters of intent with the Illinois men''s track and field program.

   Head coach Gary Wieneke announced Saturday a recruiting class of four that will enter the UI in the fall: Adrian Walker of Decatur MacArthur, Paul Jellema of Lansing Illiana Christian, Jamaal Folkes of Fort Knox, Ky., and Andre English of Dayton, Ohio.

Felicien flashes to title

   BATON ROUGE, La.  Gold was the goal Saturday night, and Perdita Felicien was in a rush to get it at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

   Felicien, who won the NCAA indoor 60-meter hurdles crown in record fashion earlier this season, added the outdoor 100 hurdles medal with a come-from-behind victory.

One final hurdle left for Illini

   BATON ROUGE, La.  The Big Ten''s best hurdlers will get one more crack at each other today.

   Illinois'' Perdita Felicien, who stumbled and lost to Indiana''s Danielle Carruthers two weeks ago in the league outdoor championships, will try for a bit of revenge in the 100-meter hurdles finals today at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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