Track and Field

Track and Field

Robinson posts strong run

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Camile Robinson recorded a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles Friday to reach the final, and she didn't disappoint Saturday. The Illini junior proved she belongs with the nation's elite hurdlers, finishing sixth in 57.82 seconds at the NCAA Track and Field Championships to cap a stellar outdoor season.

"Camile ran a solid race," women's coach Gary Winckler said. "She came out a little too fast, just as the entire field did, but managed to keep composure and had a decent showing."

Hunt second at NCAAs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Illini junior Cassie Hunt took second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Hunt, who learned of her grandmother's death a few hours before the race, finished with an Illinois-record time of 9 minutes, 55.75 seconds.

Time for UI hurdler to shine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It's prime time in collegiate track this week. Which means it's time to keep an especially keen eye on Camile Robinson.

Big track meets always have brought out the best in the Illinois junior. It's a pattern Robinson appears primed to continue when she competes in the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third straight year.

U of I Trustees OK preliminary budget for '07

The University of Illinois expects to spend more money next year on increasing financial aid for students, boosting salaries for faculty and staff and repairing old buildings.

Not to mention, the university will also fork out more money to cover rising energy and insurance costs.

Robinson leaps to Big Ten title

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois' Camile Robinson won the 400-meter hurdles Sunday on the final day of the Big Ten Track and Field Championships.

Robinson's victory in 57.79 seconds was the second Big Ten individual title of her career. She also placed third in the 100 hurdles and helped both Illini relay squads (400, 1,600) to second-place finishes.

Hanshaw, Hoerr handle conditions

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois pole vaulter Ashley Hanshaw wasn't going to let the weather get her down Friday at the Big Ten Championship meet.

Hanshaw overcame the wind and rain at Michigan State's campus to finish second in the event, clearing 11 feet, 11 inches.

Building, renovation projects OK'd by UI board

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday advanced several building and renovation projects.

In addition to official approval of the $116 million Memorial Stadium project, trustees reviewed designs for student residence and dining halls and awarded construction bids to relocate the poultry research buildings and to remodel Everitt Laboratory.

Stay the course

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth offers three storylines to watch as the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships unfold Friday through Sunday at East Lansing, Mich.

Hurdler Jones in elite field

CHAMPAIGN – Coincidence or not, Big Ten titles come in pairs for Illinois' greatest 400-meter hurdlers.

From Mark Koster (1970-71) to Ben Beyers (1994-95) to Sherman Armstrong (1999-2000), Illini conference champions in the event don't stop at one crown.

Who's that Illini?

A six-time Big Ten champion, I earned five All-America honors, all in the shot put in the late 1990s. My best NCAA finish came in '96, when I finished sixth outdoors and sixth indoors. I own both school records.