Track and Field
I own the top five performances in women's pole vault history at Illinois. Four of the five came in the 2001 season, topped by a 12-foot, 4-inch effort. I didn't win a Big Ten title or earn All-America honors, but only one UI vaulter has come within 2 feet of my record.
I am the greatest 400-meter runner in Illini men's track and field history, holding school records both indoors and outdoors. I was a three-time Big Ten champion in the event, including an indoor-outdoor sweep in 1988. A three-time All-American in the 400, I particularly excelled at the national meets in 1988 – placing second indoors and third outdoors.
An Illini track star from 1992 to '95, I was a member of the New Zealand's national track team. I was a three-time All-American at Illinois, twice in the high jump and once in the heptathlon, where I finished fourth at the 1994 NCAA outdoor meet.
I''m a 14-time women''s track All-American who won 20 Big Ten titles, 10 individually. I was the national champ in the 400-meter hurdles in 1995 and ''96, setting an NCAA Championships meet record of 54.56 in 1996. I twice was named Illinois'' Athlete of the Year, and in 1996 I was honored as the Big Ten''s Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
I was an Olympian in track and field in 1976 and made the U.S. Olympic team again in 1980 but didn''t compete because of my country''s boycott of the Moscow Games. I was a nine-time Big Ten champion, including five league titles in the mile. It was in that event that I placed second at the 1974 NCAA Indoor Championships. I ended my Illini career with four top-five finishes at NCAA meets.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Former Illinois NCAA champion Perdita Felicien will attempt to win her fifth title this weekend at the Canadian Track and Field Championships.
Felicien is a four-time national champion in the women''s 100-meter hurdles. The Pickering, Ontario, native also is the three-time defending national champ in the event. The meet is Friday through Sunday at the University of Manitoba.
I''m not related to any Illinois coaches, bit I share a last name with one. In the mid-1990s, I was the women''s track team''s best high jumper, finishing sixth in the nation indoors in 1994. My all-time best was 5-11 1/2. Only Stacy Ann Grant and Carmel Corbett have done bette indoors.
CHAMPAIGN – Wendel McRaven, a five-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, is joining the Illinois men''s track and field staff.
McRaven''s hiring was announced Thursday by Illini head coach Wayne Angel. McRaven will coach the distance corps in track and serve as head coach of the UI men''s cross-country team.
In 1996, before I became a member of the Illini women''s track team, I competed in the 1996 World Junior Championships. At Illinois, my highlights included a fifth-place finish in the mile at the NCAA indoors in 2000. The previous year I was ninth in the 800 meters at the national indoor meet.
The pride of Danville track and field, I also did myself proud as an Illini. My name remains a fixture in the record books: I set school marks in the 100 and 200 meters in 1994 that still stand. I also still own Big Ten Championships records in the 100 (10.1 seconds) and the indoor 55 (6.21). I made an immediate impact, earned the Big Ten Outdoor Freshman of the Year award in 1991. Three years later, I was the Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year. As a senior, I placed fifth in the 55 at the NCAA indoor meet.