Track and Field

Track and Field

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.

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.

An ounce of prevention

   MADISON, Wis.  It''s been almost 12 weeks since the darkest day in the history of Big Ten track and field.

   On Feb. 23 at the Minnesota Field House, Penn State sophomore Kevin Dare died of head trauma during the conference indoor meet when his attempt in the pole vault went terribly wrong.

Freshman wise beyond years in racing tactics

   CHAMPAIGN  In the midst of test-taking and studying for final exams, Tim Hobbs is finding welcome refuge this week at the Illinois Outdoor Track Stadium.

   For the UI freshman, practice is a chance to temporarily clear a mind on academic overload.

Illini runners at top of heap

   For her dominating efforts the 100-meter hurdles and shuttle hurdle relay, Illinois'' Perdita Felicien was named outstanding women''s performer at the Drake Relays. Also Monday, Illinois freshman Tim Hobbs earned Big Ten track and field male athlete of the week honors for his relay work at the Drake Relays.

Attendance needs to get back on track

   Sad to say, but the Illini men''s track and field squad draws more attention in Des Moines than at home these days.

   Last weekend, before the 37th consecutive sellout in the Drake Relays, Jason Van Swol and Tim Hobbs anchored winning foursomes, extending the UI''s proud record of more wins than any university in the 93-year-old event.