Track and Field
CHAMPAIGN — Doug Hayes proved Saturday walk-on college athletes can have just as big an impact on their team’s success as anyone else.
A former walk-on, Hayes tossed a complete-game one-hitter against Penn State, helping the Illini past the Nittany Lions 6-1 at Illinois Field in the first of two games.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ home and Big Ten opener did not go according to plan Friday, as the Illini were thumped by Nebraska 10-2 in five innings at Eichelberger Field.
The Cornhuskers (19-9, 1-0 Big Ten) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Cassie McClure first-inning single.
But they poured it on in the second frame, tallying eight times.
The collective 2015 spring showing by the four Illini men’s sports was unquestionably the greatest in Illini history.
One-in-a-hundred. All were runaway Big Ten champions. Completely dominant. And it wasn’t limited to conference play.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Illinois’ Kandie Bloch-Jones finished her indoor track and field season Saturday with a 12th-place high jump showing at the NCAA Championships.
URBANA — With trustee approval under his belt, new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has lots to ponder once he officially takes over on Saturday.
What's first on his list? It's up to Whitman, according to interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson.
URBANA — Aleks Vukic’s three-set win at No. 2 singles on Saturday sent the 11th-ranked Illinois men’s tennis team past second-ranked Virginia 4-3 at Atkins Tennis Center.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Center fielder Doran Turchin drove in a pair of runs, Cody Sedlock was effective over seven innings on the mound and Illinois opened a three-game series Friday with a 4-2 win against Florida Gulf Coast.
While both basketball programs are struggling at Illinois, more sports options are on the docket this weekend, including a matchup of two Top 15 men’s tennis teams:
ROSEMONT — Illinois sophomore Pedrya Seymour, who finished first in the 60-meter hurdles at the Orange and Blue Open, was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday.
Seymour’s time of 8.27 seconds equaled her personal best and ranks 22nd nationally.
The last UI indoor track athlete to win the league award was Ashley Spencer in 2013.
What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.