Track and Field

Track and Field

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.

UI's Masheto realizing Olympic dream

As the 1996 Summer Olympics unfolded in Atlanta, an 11-year-old boy intently watched the faraway action via television from his home in the south African nation of Botswana.

Gakologelwang Masheto, though convinced his path to future athletic fame lay in soccer, could not take his eyes off of what was happening on the track. Or, more specifically, off of Michael Johnson.

Buford-Bailey solidifies recruiting class

Illinois women's track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey is pleased with  incoming freshmen heading into her first season at the helm.

Felicien to miss Olympics because of foot injury


Perdita Felicien waited four years for another shot at an Olympic medal.

On Tuesday, the former University of Illinois track and field standout reluctantly conceded her wait won't end next month in Beijing.


Buford-Bailey names UI aide

CHAMPAIGN – Mike Erb, an assistant track and field coach at Marquette last season, has joined the Illinois women's track and field coaching staff.

Illini coach Tonja Buford-Bailey announced Wednesday the hiring of Erb, who will work primarily with the team's field event athletes. Former UI coach Gary Winckler, who retired after the 2008 season, handled field events coaching last season.

Four Illini in Canadian Trials

WINDSOR, Ontario – Four current or former members of the Illinois women's track and field program are entered in the Canadian Olympic Trials, which begin Thursday.

Former Illini Yvonne Mensah will be joined by juniors-to-be Alecia Beckford-Stewart and Katie Engel, and sophomore-to-be Cheria Morgan.

UI's Lewis heads back to Olympic Trials for third time

CHAMPAIGN – Gia Lewis likens the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials to a certain basketball tournament the NCAA puts on each year.

They both, the former Illinois discus thrower says, can be a maddening experience.