Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore

Thirteen years ago, Illinois women's track and field star Tonya Williams won the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Women's Track & Field Championships. She set an NCAA meet record with a time of 54.56 seconds. Also in that meet, Williams finished second in the 100 hurdles and third as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team. The Illini finished fourth in the team standings at the 1996 outdoor meet and sixth at the indoor championships. The 14-time All-American won 20 Big Ten championships, 10 in individual events and 10 as a relay member. Williams was the conference's Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 1996. She is listed among Illinois' top five performers in history in the indoor 200, 600, 55 hurdles and 4x400 relay. Outdoors, Williams is among the leaders in the 100 hurdles, the 400 hurdles, the 4x100 relay, the 4x200 relay, the 4x400 relay, the sprint medley relay and the shuttle hurdle relay. She was Illinois' Female Athlete of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

Shroka, Bizzarri advance to NCAAs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Greg Shroka placed fourth in the high jump at Friday's NCAA Mideast Regional Championships to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Shroka cleared a career-best 7 feet, 1 inch, the second-best performance in Illinois history to Gail Olson's 7-3 1/2. The junior will be the first Illini to high jump at the NCAAs since Olson in 1979.

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Four Illini baseball players named Academic All-Big Ten for third time

UI track preview

Staff writer Jeff Huth takes a look at the Illini track and field teams heading into the NCAA Mideast Regional. The two-day meet begins Friday at Louisville, Ky.

Wisslead right on track

CHAMPAIGN – Look in the media guide for the Illinois men's track and field team and you'll see Sciota, Ill., listed as Cody Wisslead's hometown.

Truth be told, the Illini sophomore grew up on a farm located about 5 miles from the west central Illinois community.

Four track athletes feted

Illinois senior sprinter Gakologelwang Masheto and three members of the Illini women's team were selected to All-Big Ten first teams for the outdoor season, the conference announced Wednesday.

Melissa Bates, Deserea Brown and Aja Evans represented Illinois on the women's honor team. Like Masheto, each won titles at the Big Ten outdoor meet last weekend.

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Bates the first Illini to win a Big Ten women's 400 since her coach

Three more Illini women win titles

Illinois finishes in fourth place; Masheto wins men's 400 crown

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Illini track and field athletes claimed titles at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday.

Evans doubles her pleasure

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Aja Evans won her second consecutive Big Ten shot put title and Jessica Penney placed third in the long jump as Illinois moved to sixth place Saturday at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Hurdler Brown jumps right in after transferring

CHAMPAIGN – When the Big Ten outdoor track and field meet came to the University of Illinois campus last spring, Deserea Brown eagerly made the trip from Edwardsville to take it all in from the stands.

She was there to root for a team she would have signed with in a heartbeat as a high school senior three years earlier, if only they'd asked. No hard feelings, though.