Track and Field

Track and Field

'Madness' begins basketball season

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois Madness, the Illini basketball team's first practice of the season, will be at 9 p.m. Oct. 12.

This year's event, which will serve as a fundraiser for Coaches vs. Cancer, features the first men's basketball scrimmage, a shooting contest involving the men's and women's teams and a dunk contest.

UI names distance boss

CHAMPAIGN – Jeremy Rasmussen, who coached distance runners at Arizona State for the past three seasons, on Thursday was named women's assistant track and field/cross-country coach at Illinois.

He replaces Karen Harvey, who left for similar duties at Florida State earlier this month.

Penney, Woods head class

CHAMPAIGN – Jessica Penney and Danelle Woods highlight the eight newcomers to Illinois' women's track and field program.

Illinois recruit turns heads

WINDSOR, Ontario – Illinois recruit Danelle Woods won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Canadian Track and Field Championships on Sunday. Woods, who earlier this month was the steeplechase gold medalist at the Pan American Junior Championships, captured the national title in 10 minutes, 17.24 seconds. The incoming Illini freshman finished 11.78 in front of runner-up Bevin Kennelly.

Felicien adds another national title

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers rookie center Greg Oden had his tonsils removed Saturday.

The tonsillectomy was performed at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., and the recovery time for the No. 1 pick in last month's NBA draft is expected to take two to three weeks, the Trail Blazers said.

Illini trio in All-Star game

Three Illinois players – infielder Dominic Altobelli and pitchers Aaron Martin and Ben Reeser – were named to the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game on Thursday.

The Illini trio will play for the American All-Stars on Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. Each is a member of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Swampdogs, which had a 23-5 record in the season's first half and was 30-5 overall through Thursday.

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.