Track and Field

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.

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.

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.

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.

UI hurdler still in the chase

   BATON ROUGE, La.  Illinois junior Perdita Felicien still is chasing Indiana''s Danielle Carruthers.

   Carruthers, who won the 100-meter hurdles title in 12.68 seconds at the Big Ten Championships on May 19 in Madison, Wis., posted the fastest preliminary time (13.05) Thursday at the NCAA Women''s Outdoor Track and Field Championships and advanced to tonight''s semifinals.

Loss stokes Felicien´s fire

   BATON ROUGE, La.  For nine hurdles, Perdita Felicien felt like Mercury in track spikes.

   The race was amazing, the Illinois junior said. I have to say the first nine hurdles were the fastest I think I''ve ever run. ... Your body usually runs off muscle memory, but my muscles have never, ever run that fast.

UI, Kallur collar third place in league

   MADISON, Wis.  Because of a badly bruised heel, Perdita Felicien didn''t have her usual dominating day. But teammate Jenny Kallur picked her up.

   Kallur scored in five events as the Illinois women''s track team finished third at Sunday''s Big Ten outdoor meet.

Illini coach inducted into Wheelchair Sports Hall of Fame

   Marty Morse, coach of Illinois'' men''s and women''s wheelchair track teams, will be inducted today into the Wheelchair Sports Hall of Fame in Warm Springs, Ga.

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