Track and Field

Poor weather no hurdle for Armstrong

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  Neither rainy conditions nor ruinous setbacks were going to thwart Illinois in the 1999 Big Ten Championships.

   Heck, Sherman Armstrong felt right at home.

UI''s Ridley misses out on history

   It was one small misstep for a man. But it would have been a giant leap for Babatunde Ridley.

   The Illinois junior finished second Saturday in the men''s long jump at the 99th Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., with a season best of 25 feet, 5 1/2 inches.

Future Illini shine in track

A pair of Illinois track signees breezed to the finals in their events at Friday's IHSA state track and field meet in Charleston.

Minooka's Tracy Moss, the fifth-ranked discus thrower coming into state, had the top throw of the day. Elmhurst York's Cecilia Williams advanced in the 1,600 and on the 3,200 relay.

Double duty doesn''t faze UI hurdler

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Precious seconds aren't the only thing disappearing from Sherman Armstrong's life these days.

Tuition bills also have become a thing of the past, with the Illinois sophomore's rapid rise in the Big Ten ranks.

Ex-Illini not playing Games

CHAMPAIGN – Next time Anthony Jones is in Sydney, Australia, he plans to let the U.S. Olympic Committee pick up the tab.

“When 2000 rolls around, I will be returning,” the former Illinois sprint standout and current Olympic aspirant vowed Saturday. “I’m definitely going to be on that team. I don’t care if I’m an alternate.”

Illini relishing one final shot

   CHAMPAIGN  So you think lifting weights and tossing the (take your pick) shot put, discus or hammer just about covers the training regimen of a field events thrower?

   Obviously, you''ve never been to one of coach John Baumann''s practices.

Tate: Times are a-changing on track

Two decades ago, the intensity of track and field interest locally was such that Illinois was designated as host of two NCAA championships.

Today, we look to Saturday's nonscored competition – a lineup of "exhibition" events for men and women – as the only outdoor meet on UI premises this spring. Men's coach Gary Wieneke says 12 schools will participate, seven full and five partials.

One-track minds

Dwayne Smith and Aaron Hodges haven't attended a class at Illinois, and already they are second on the football depth chart.

But they can't worry about that now. Both star athletes need to finish their high school careers first.

Truly, the Games are calling

CHAMPAIGN – It should come as no surprise that Bobby True has designs on the 2000 Olympics.

Already this year, the five-time Illinois All-American has set an NCAA record in one track event and clocked the fourth-fastest time among U.S. runners in another.

Illini True's best race good for another honor

INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois' Bobby True entered the NCAA Indoor meet seeded fifth in the 800-meter run. That's the way he left, too.

True finished Saturday's race in 1 minute, 46.96 seconds, good for fifth place and All-America honors. The time was a personal best for True, who set an Illinois and Big Ten record in the event.

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