Track and Field
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Dominique Worsley made his collegiate debut a memorable one.
The high school All-American finished first in the 60-meter and 200-meter races, highlighting Illinois' indoor men's season opener at the Hoosier Open.
I'm one of the best sprinters in Illini women's track and field history. I won eight Big Ten individual and relay titles, including a sweep of the 100 and 200 at the 1998 outdoor meet in Columbus, Ohio. I was fourth indoors in the 55 at the 1997 NCAA meet.
An Olympic silver medalist, I am linked in Games history to Great Britain's Eric Liddell, one of the primary subjects of the Oscar-winning film "Chariots of Fire." The movie focused on Liddell's religion-based decision not to enter the 100 meters at the 1924 Olympics because race heats were scheduled on the Sabbath. That choice prevented a much-anticipated duel with fellow countryman Harold Abrahams from taking place. Instead, Liddell entered the 200 and 400, beating me in the latter in 47.6 seconds. I was second in 48.4.
In 1996, I won the Big Ten's indoor long jump title on the women's side with a leap of 19 feet, 9 inches. Tisha Ponder and Leticia Beverly are among those that have passed my standard. I was also a solid sprinter, helping the '95 400-meter relay team win a Big Ten indoor title.
I am arguably the greatest triple jumper in UI women's track and field history. I won one Big Ten title (indoors, 2002), and I own the school records for indoors and outdoors. I wasn't bad on the track, either, helping the 2002 400-meter relay team finish sixth at the NCAA outdoor meet.
I'm one of two Illini men's track and field athletes to win two Big Ten titles in the steeplechase. Mine came in 1982 and '83. My winning time of 8 minutes, 37.8 seconds in 1982 remains 5.2 seconds off the meet record. I made an impact in the NCAA championships in the steeplechase, too, placing sixth in 1983 and 12th in '82.
I won four Big Ten titles for the women's track and field team in the late 1980s and early '90s. In 1989, I captured the outdoor title with a jump of 6 feet, a figure that stands third on the UI list behind Carmel Corbett and Stacy Ann Grant.
I was one of the earliest stars of the women's track and field program. Between 1976 and '78, Iwon four individual Big Ten titles, all in the high jump. Three came outdoors, the last in 1998, and one was indoors. My best indoor performance, 5 feet, 10 inches, is now tied for fifth on the school outdoor list.
At a school that produced such Olympic medalists in the pole vault as Bob Richards and Don Laz, I am the only Illini to win two outdoor national titles in the event. I captured the national collegtiate crown in 1944 by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches. One year later, I won again with an 11-6 vault. Another highlight was winning the Big Ten indoor championship in 1945 at 13-9. But my biggest feat was earning the co-title at the 1945 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships with a height of 13-6.
I won 14 individual and relay Big Ten titles for the women's track team from 1986-90. Most of my success came as part of the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams, but I also captured individual crowns in the 400 three times.