CHAMPAIGN – The tattoo on Sherman Armstrong's left arm shows a hurdler clearing an obstacle. On his right arm, there is an image of praying hands above the Bible verse Philippians 4:13.
" 'I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,' " said Armstrong, quoting the Bible. "That's my motivation."
DES MOINES, Iowa – Illinois women's track and field coach Gary Winckler knew his shuttle hurdle relay team had world-record potential.
On Saturday at the Drake Relays, the Illini realized it.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The finals in the 100-meter hurdles aren't until today, but Perdita Felicien had reason to celebrate at Friday's Drake Relays.
The Illinois sophomore broke a meet record with a qualifying run of 12.92 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.
CHAMPAIGN – The Swedish media apparently isn't shy about dipping deep into its pockets.
At least when it comes to covering the overseas exploits of two of the country's brightest track and field prospects.
Illinois freshman Perdita Felicien finished second Friday night in the 60-meter hurdles finals at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois hurdler Perdita Felicien traveled more than 500 miles for a race 60 meters long.
Three hours on a plane for eight seconds on a track.
Felicien hopes it's less than that.
Illinois' Perdita Felicien, a hurdler and sprinter, was named the Big Ten Women's Track and Field Indoor Freshman of the Year, the league announced Thursday.
Illinois junior Jason Van Swol made history in the 800 meters Sunday, and senior Babatunde Ridley made it a clean sweep in the 60 at the Big Ten men's track and field championships at State College, Pa.
Van Swol became the first athlete to win three straight Big Ten indoor 800 titles, setting a personal best and a league record of 1 minute, 48.76 seconds and topping Michigan State's Andy Lixey by 0.39 second.
UI redshirt freshman Perdita Felicien was named the Big Ten Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois men's track and field coach Gary Wieneke's list of accomplishments is longer than the Boston Marathon.
He's won five outdoor and six indoor Big Ten titles. He's coached dozens of All-Americans, five NCAA champions and three Olympians. He's in the Illinois Track and Field Hall of Fame. So what's his secret?