Track and Field

Timing right for Illini pair seeking glory

   IOWA CITY, Iowa  Qualifying was the mission for most at Saturday''s 100th Big Ten Track and Field Championships.

   However, two Illinois athletes  Perdita Felicien and Jason Van Swol  went beyond merely making it to today''s conference finals. Felicien made herself eligible for the Sydney Olympic Games and Van Swol for the NCAA Championships.


Sprinter finds UI much more bearable

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Her times on the track were only half the reason Chequetta Bearfield ran off with Illinois' Most Improved Award at last week's team banquet.

What put the Nebraska native over the top were the strides she made in her studies.


Armstrong flashes brilliance

CHAMPAIGN – His coach calls Sherman Armstrong "Mr. Reliable."

Chances are Iowa's Scott Williamson has a few other choice words to describe Illinois' do-it-all junior.


Ponder's back to winning ways after rough years

CHAMPAIGN – For a long jumper who's never been the fleetest afoot, collegiate success came with sprinterlike swiftness for Tisha Ponder.

One year into her Illinois career, the former Junior Olympics long jump champion:


Illinois teams have a novel idea: A scored meet

CHAMPAIGN – In an era when NCAA qualifying dominates the way collegiate track and field conducts business, a throwback of sorts will take place Saturday.

Gary Wieneke's Illini men will be joined by Big Ten peers Indiana and Iowa for an old-fashioned triangular meet at the Illinois Outdoor Track Stadium. Field events begin at 2 p.m., running events at 6:15. At the same time, Gary Winckler's UI women's team will square off against Indiana, the defending Big Ten indoor champ, in a dual.


Tate: UI track aide hasn't lost golden touch

Yards or meters, the most exciting 10 seconds in sports is the 100.

Snap a finger, blink your eyes, and it's over.

That's the life of Illinois' Willie Williams: 10-second flashes. On your mark, get set, EXPLODE!


Illinois senior looking forward to life in slower lane

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – You'll never see Tara Mendozza doing sitspins at the UI Ice Arena or ripping through the Quad on rollerblades. But "never" ends in June.

For four years, the Illinois middle distance runner has followed assistant coach Michelle Byrne's orders and avoided hazardous leg activities.


NCAA or bust

The NCAA Indoor championships are being held today and Saturday at Fayetteville, Ark. Here is a rundown on Illinois' entries:


Illinois star hurdler Armstrong wasn''t always tops in his own family

   CHAMPAIGN  If her brother someday climbs the Olympic medal stand, Shalanda Armstrong will be able to smile and say, "I used to beat him."

   During his freshman year at Chicago Luther South, Sherman Armstrong''s older sister introduced him to the hurdles.

   Shalanda Armstrong didn''t just teach her brother the tricks of the race. She showed him by streaking to the finish line first on the cinder track.


UI''s Richards might be tired, but she''s blazing fast

CHAMPAIGN – Kerry Ann Richards is leaning on a wall at the UI Armory. She's tired.

Tired of Midwest weather, for one thing. After more than four years in Champaign-Urbana, the Kingston, Jamaica, native and Illinois sprint star still has no appreciation of wind chill factors or 3 inches of slush. Go figure.

"I'm pretty sick of it, to be honest," Richards laughed. "I'm in bewilderment that people live here by choice."


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