Track and Field

Track and Field

David joins volleyball staff

CHAMPAIGN – Melissa David, the 2002 News-Gazette Area Player of the Year in volleyball, has joined the Illinois volleyball coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

The former Champaign Central standout will serve as a volunteer coach, the UI announced Thursday, while pursuing a master's degree in sport management.

Recruit takes gold in steeplechase

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Illinois recruit Danelle Woods won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday at the Pan American Junior Championships.

Recruits in Pan Am Junior meet

CHAMPAIGN – A pair of Illinois women's track and field recruits will compete in the Pan American Junior Championships this weekend.

McDermott receives promotion

CHAMPAIGN – Marcia McDermott was promoted to associate head coach of Illinois' women's soccer team, coach Janet Rayfield announced Tuesday.

Illinois tips hat to pair

CHAMPAIGN – Men's tennis star Kevin Anderson and track standout Yvonne Mensah on Wednesday were named the 2006-07 Dike Eddleman winners as best male and female athletes at the University of Illinois.

Mensah's honor is the sixth for the women's track program in the past seven years. Anderson is the third tennis player to win the honor on the men's side, joining Oliver Freelove (1999) and Amer Delic (2003).

Mensah belongs in elite company

It's the most exclusive club in the history of University of Illinois women's track and field. Just four athletes rate the unabashedly grand label of "The Greatest Illini" in the team's media guide.

You can read all about this Fantastic Four in the current edition on pages 46 through 48. There's the original "Greatest": Tonja Buford-Bailey, a three-time Olympian and former world championship silver medalist.

Masheto, Robinson show mettle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Just like the indoor season, Lesiba Masheto finished as an All-American.

The Illinois sophomore placed fourth in the 400-meter finals Saturday at the NCAA championship meet to earn his second career All-America honor. His first came indoors in the same event.

Robinsons clear first NCAA hurdle

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Illini seniors Carlene and Camile Robinson ran in separate 400-meter hurdles heats at theNCAA Outdoor Track &Field Championships on Thursday, but the twins clocked nearly identical times.

The good news for the Robinsons: They both advanced to today's semifinals.

Masheto reaches 400 semifinals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Illinois sophomore Lesiba Masheto won his heat in the first round of the 400 meters Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Shoe fits Illini

CHAMPAIGN – His name is Gakologelwang Lesiba Masheto, but feel free to call him "Shoes."

Nearly everyone does. For an obvious reason.