Track and Field

Track and Field

Jeff Huth's Illini Insider

Staff writer Jeff Huth's review and preview of all things Illinois.

Gymnast, runner grab honors

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Sarah Schmidt was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week after winning two individual events in the 19th-ranked Illini’s upset of No. 11 Penn State on Saturday.

UI tennis picking up steam

URBANA – A day after defeating Toledo and Ball State, the No. 15 Illinois men's tennis team kept the momentum going with a 6-1 rout of No. 14 Pepperdine on Saturday at Atkins Tennis Center.

The Illini claimed all three doubles matches before No. 101 Marc Spicijaric upset Pepperdine's 57th-ranked Mahmoud Kamel in straight sets in singles action.

Wrestlers pound Pitt

B.J. Futrell (125 pounds) scored a pin for the Illini, and Jimmy Kennedy (133) and Mike Poeta (157) recorded major decisions.

Jeff Huth's Illini Insider

Staff writer Jeff Huth reviews and previews all things Illinois:

UI's Angel among Parkland Hall of Fame inductees

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men’s track and field coach Wayne Angel and the 2002 baseball national championship team highlight the second Parkland College Hall of Fame class.

Also being honored in the Feb. 28 ceremony are Kenny Banks (track and field), Chris Cuchra (baseball), Ken Pritchett (men’s basketball coach), Lynette Trout (women’s basketball, softball and volleyball coach) and contributor Roger Herbsleb (scorekeeper).

Ante up

Jeff Huth spent months researching how much Illinois has spent on recruiting in recent years. He found that across the board, the Illini are major players on the recruiting scene.

Kennedy tops in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Third-ranked Illinois junior Jimmy Kennedy beat Boise State's Andrew Hochstrasser to win the 133-pound title Saturday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

The 6-4 victory moved Kennedy's record to 9-0 this season.

Tate: Volleyball might lead rebirth

CHAMPAIGN – If you haven't seen Laura DeBruler, the slam-bang kill-shot artist from Downers Grove, you'll get your last chance Friday and maybe Saturday at Huff Hall.

M-S' Bunch headed to Purdue

PONTIAC — Dani Bunch showed that there’s more to do on a bus ride to the season’s first girls’ basketball game than listen to music or talk to friends.

The senior got out her cell phone on Monday afternoon and called Purdue throws coach Ross Richardson and informed him that she would accept a scholarship offer to join the Boilermakers’ track and field team next season.