Track and Field

Track and Field

Turilli can''t repeat Illinois-record feat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Illinois'' Jaime Turilli failed to match her qualifying effort in Saturday''s finals of the 5,000 meters, finishing 15th at the NCAA track and field championships.

Hunt chases down second

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Illinois'' Cassie Hunt finally broke 10 minutes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and what a time to do it.

Hunt finished second in 9 minutes, 59.82 seconds. The woman Hunt beat at the regional meet, Butler''s Victoria Mitchell, won the NCAA title in 9:54.32.

Who''s that Illini?

I competed in the 2004 Olympics for Puerto Rico in the 400-meter hurdles. In 1998, I represented the Illini with a second-place finish in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Championships, one year after I had taken ninth in the same event. Only Tonya Williams and Tonja Buford-Bailey have posted better times than me for the Illini.

Yvonne Harrison

UI soph in the hunt for national title in her specialty event

CHAMPAIGN – Before arriving on Illinois'' campus, Cassie Hunt was no stranger to multitasking sports.

As a high school senior, the Roachdale, Ind., native won a bronze medal in the Summer Biathlon Junior World Championships – an eclectic event that mixes distance running with rifle marksmanship.

Who''s that Illini?

I was a two-time NCAA champion in track and field, winning national titles in the 800 meters in 1959 and ''60. I won seven Big Ten crowns, including three in the 800, two in the 400 and a couple as a member of first-place 1,600 relay teams. My school record in the 400, set in 1960, lasted for 28 years. I was an Olympian in 1960 and ''64, earning bronze medals during my first appearance in the Games in the 800 meters and 1,600 relay.

Hunt at front of qualifiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Seven Illini track and field athletes advanced to the NCAA Championships at the Mid East Regional on Saturday.

Big Ten champion Cassie Hunt led four UI women who moved on. Hunt won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal-best 10 minutes, 7.29 seconds.

Pickett hoping to click at regional meet

CHAMPAIGN – Shanna Pickett knows she has at least two days left in her track career. She would like to add four more.

On Friday and Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., the Illinois senior will try to extend her season. Pickett and the Illini compete in the NCAA Mid East Regional, which serves as the qualifier for the June 8-11 NCAA Championships at Sacramento, Calif.

Who''s that Illini?

A product of Mount Pulaski High, I was awarded the Dike Eddleman Female Athlete of the Year award in 1994. I finished my volleyball career in the fall of ''93 as a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. In 1992, I earned second-team All-America honors by the AVCA. I still own the school mark for kills in a three-game match with 32 (answer below).

Coach making change

CHAMPAIGN – Paul Pilkington, who coached Illinois men''s distance runners for two seasons, will leave that position after the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships next month.

Pilkington notified Illini head coach Wayne Angel of his decision last week.

Who''s that Illini?

I graduated in 1996 as one of the women''s track team''s all-time greats. I participated on four Big Ten championship teams and two top-five finishes nationally. My best events were the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump. I was a six-time individual Big Ten champion and a six-time All-American.

I graduated in 1996 as one of the women''s track team''s all-time greats. I participated on four Big Ten championship teams and two top-five finishes nationally. My best events were the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump. I was a six-time individual Big Ten champion and a six-time All-American.

Dawn Riley