Track and Field

Track and Field

Masheto breaks record, earns All-America status

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Lesiba Masheto finished fifth in the 400-meter dash on Saturday with a school-record time of 46.14 seconds at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The finish gave him All-America status, and the time broke the school record previously held by Abe Jones (46.18 in 2006).

UI's Mensah captures All-America honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah earned sixth place in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, going 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to claim All-America honors Friday.

"I thought everyone really competed and did well today," UI women's coach Gary Winckler said.

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Former Illini aide retires

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan women's basketball coach Cheryl Burnett, a former Illinois assistant, retired Tuesday, ending a lackluster stint with the Wolverines after helping Southwest Missouri State become a power.

Burnett was 35-83 overall and 10-54 in the Big Ten over four seasons at Michigan. The Wolverines were 10-20 overall and 3-13 in the conference last season, finishing 10th after two straight last-place finishes.

Super soph Masheto rounding into form

AMES, Iowa – Sophomore Lesiba Masheto placed second in the 400 meters, clocking a personal-best 46.65 seconds at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet on Saturday.

Masheto's time is the 14th best nationally, and he hopes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

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Mensah turns in another day filled with personal bests

CHAMPAIGN – Saturday was a good day for Yvonne Mensah, and Sunday was even better.

The Illinois senior track and field star put together a spectacular performance in front of the home crowd during the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the UI Armory.

Masheto a bright spot for Illini

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Lesiba Masheto gave the Illini something to smile about on an otherwise dreary day at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

The sophomore won the 600-meter run title in 1 minute, 16.28 seconds – 0.09 off the Big Ten record – which gives him the No. 1 ranking in the world this year.

Brown takes second in long jump

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Nick Brown finished second in the long jump to highlight Illinois' performance at the Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships at Indiana.

The Illini are in eighth place.

For the record, Mensah is fast

CHAMPAIGN – Yvonne Mensah crossed the finish line first in her 60 meters heat Saturday, glanced at the timer and couldn't believe her eyes.

Her mouth agape, she covered it with her hand. Hard as it was to believe, the Illini senior had just set an Armory record of 7.31 seconds while qualifying for today's final at the Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships.