Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini Fudge's ITA run ends

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois freshman Megan Fudge ended her deep run at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships on Monday with a loss to Colleen Rielley of Notre Dame, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals in East Lansing.

Fudge reached the semis after taking out Randi Schuler of Purdue, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, becoming the first Illini to make it past the quarters since Jennifer McGaffigan in 2003.

Illini connections in the running

LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Harvick saw the hole in front of him, a small patch of open track between two other cars.

Driving through it would be risky, but Harvick's never shied away from taking chances. So he shoved his Chevrolet between Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton, forcing his way to the front and running away with the win Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Ex-Illini hurdlers in top four

STUTTGART, Germany – Two former Illini women's hurdlers placed in the top four Sunday at the IAAF World Athletics Final.

Wieneke gets Hall of Fame nod

CHAMPAIGN – Former Illinois coach Gary Wieneke was among 12 coaches named this week to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Wieneke and the rest of the Class of 2006 will be inducted Dec. 12 during the group's annual convention in San Antonio.

Carle's Mattoon surgery center plan to get a hearing

MATTOON – Carle Foundation Hospital's latest proposal to build an outpatient surgery center in Mattoon is headed to a state board for a hearing early next week.

And it continues to be an uphill battle for Urbana-based Carle, which already has a physician practice group in Coles County and is looking to expand its business in that area.

Another honor for Hunt

Illinois steeplechaser Cassie Hunt was named to the Division I U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Women's All-Academic team.

Remember when? Bob Richards' Olympic Gold Medals

He's the only pole vaulter in the history of the Olympics to win two gold medals.

Fifty years later, Bob Richards still is trying to figure out how he did it.

Hunt wants to cap collegiate career with crowns

INDIANAPOLIS – After months of dietary self-denial, no menu item was off limits to Cassie Hunt.

A "greasy" cheeseburger. A chocolate milkshake. Frozen custard. All were on the Illinois All-American's food tray Saturday at the Culver's restaurant on Kentucky Avenue. And all were hungrily consumed after Hunt's marathon-like track season finally ended at the USA Outdoor Championships.

Phelps ready to go distance for coach

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois men's track and field coach Wayne Angel on Tuesday announced the addition of nine recruits, including Monticello middle-distance standout Scott Phelps.

Including four other recruits signed last fall, the incoming class won a combined 10 individual state titles during their high school careers.

Hunt takes 10th in national meet

INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois' Cassie Hunt finished 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Hunt finished in 10 minutes, 16.54 seconds, about 19 seconds behind winner Lisa Galaviz, who edged Kristin Anderson.