Track and Field

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.

Illinois hurdlers hit stride

   DES MOINES, Iowa  Amid the rain, thunder and lightning, the Illinois women''s track team made some noise of its own Saturday at the Drake Relays.

   Camee'' Williams, Perdita Felicien and twins Jenny and Susanna Kallur dominated the women''s hurdles at the soggy, wind-blown meet.

Illini senior takes fourth

   Illinois'' Camee'' Williams earned fourth place in the heptathlon Thursday at the 93rd annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

   Williams, a senior from Springfield, Ohio, totaled 4,920 points and won two of the seven events. She finished first in the 100-meter hurdles (13.65 seconds) and first in the 200 (24.31). Williams was second in the long jump, leaping 19 feet.

Finally healed, UI''s Williams is back on the fast track

   CHAMPAIGN  Not long ago, former Illinois All-American Yvonne Harrison approached Camee'' Williams at track practice and had this message for a fellow hurdler:

   Camee'', I don''t know what''s gotten into you, but you''re doing real well.

UI sprinter blazes to NCAA record, national crown

   FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  In the history of the NCAA women''s 60-meter indoor hurdles, no one had run faster than Indiana''s Danielle Carruthers.

   Until Friday night.

Illini sprinter sows signs of greatness

   CHAMPAIGN  Anthony Moorman jokingly tried to convince his coach it was a waste of effort.

   Turns out the Illinois sprinter was right.

Lewis has plans to go out on top

   CHAMPAIGN  The Illinois women''s track and field team is approaching the conclusion of its indoor season. And as Gia Lewis closes in on the end of her college career, the senior thrower hopes to sprint to the finish line.

   The end is definitely in sight, said Lewis, who will compete at this weekend''s Big Ten Indoor Championships in State College, Pa., and at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9 at Fayetteville, Ark. It''s been a long road from where I first started.

Felicien shares award

   Illinois'' Perdita Felicien earned Big Ten Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week honors for the second consecutive week Tuesday.

Lloyd takes flying leap in return to action

   CHAMPAIGN  It''s the crack of the bat on the diamond. The swoosh of the net on the hardwood. The jarring of a helmet on the gridiron.

   Any athlete who has returned from injury will tell you those are the sounds of a comeback complete. For Brandon Lloyd, who made his return to the Illinois track and field team Saturday, it was the thud of his back whacking the high-jump bar.

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