Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini legends, lists and lore: Rod Tolbert

At the time he performed for the Fighting Illini, Roderick Lamar “Rod” Tolbert was among the two fastest sprinters in University of Illinois track and field history.

Celebrating his 50th birthday today, the native of Landover, Md., ranked second only to Lester Washington amongst the Illini’s all-time 100-meter specialists.

Kendziera places third

EUGENE, Ore. — Before Friday night, David Kendziera felt good about his chances of winning a national title in the 110-meter hurdles at historic Hayward Field.

“I’m very comfortable going there,” Kendziera said. “Going back, it’s just going to be another meet. That’s what I really like is it takes the pressure off.”

Freshman Davis going the distance for Illini

EUGENE, Ore. — At one point in his distinguished high school running career at Oakwood, Jon Davis wanted to run for Oregon.

Kendziera advances to finals

Hear from coach Mike Turk Thursday at 5:10 on WDWS.

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois hurdler David Kendziera is familiar with the NCAA championships at Hayward Field.

The redshirt junior placed third at the 2015 NCAA meet in the 400-meter hurdles before injuries wreaked havoc on his 2016 season.

Quartet of Illini at NCAA meet

Before Jon Davis, David Kendziera, Dylan Lafond and Jonathan Wells compete in their respective events this week at the NCAA championships, sports editor Matt Daniels caught up with the quartet ahead of their time in Oregon:

Jon Davis | Freshman | 5,000 meters

Illini legends, lists and lore: Renee Carr-Foster

Former Fighting Illini track and field standout Renee Carr-Foster, whose name is sprinkled throughout the University of Illinois record book, celebrates a milestone birthday today.

UI roundup: Kendziera advances at NCAA West Prelims

AUSTIN, Texas — David Kendziera advanced in the 400-meter hurdles Thursday, representing Illinois track and field at the NCAA West Preliminaries meet.

May 18 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 2:00pm

Which Illinois spring sport has the best shot at a postseason run? Who will Lovie Smith reel in with the extra wide net he's cast for the Class of 2018? When (or more importantly, who?) might Brad Underwood add to the Illinois basketball roster. Which area high school teams are best set up for a title chase?

Progress report: Illini teams have postseason aspirations


Illinois’ hopes of making the Big Ten tournament took a hit Sunday when the Illini allowed four runs in the ninth inning and lost to Rutgers 8-7 on a walk-off single. Doran Turchin (above) hit a home run and Mark Skonieczny had three RBI in the loss. After losing two of three to Rutgers, Illinois is 8-13 in the Big Ten, good for 12th place in the conference.

Sunday Special: Reflections from the press box

They have covered the Big Ten forever. They know every nook and cranny of the conference.

They are the Big Ten Sages.