Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini rally in ninth

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Illinois scored four runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Indiana 8-7 in a Big Ten baseball game Saturday.

Ben Reeser retired the Hoosiers in order in the bottom half of the inning to earn his fourth save. Center fielder Kyle Hudson recorded his second career four-hit game, while Daniel Webb homered and went 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Winckler plans to continue teaching world-class runners

CHAMPAIGN – Gary Winckler decided two years ago that 2008 would be his final season as a collegiate track and field coach.

But don't look for the veteran Illinois women's coach to quit cold turkey. You'll still be able to find him on some track, tutoring postcollegiate athletes like two-time world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien.

Winckler stepping down as women's track coach

CHAMPAIGN – Gary Winckler, who coached the Illinois women's track and field team to 11 Big Ten titles, announced this morning he will retire at the end of the outdoor season after 23 years at the school.

Winckler will be succeeded by UI associate head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey, a 10-time Illini All-American who is in her sixth season on Winckler's staff.

Illini Insider

A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:

Smith rates elite honor

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois sophomore Jenna Smith on Tuesday received honorable mention on The Associated Press All-America basketball team.

Smith, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, averaged 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds this season.

Crall, gymnasts make their mark

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Julie Crall won the balance beam on the last routine of the night to lead Illinois to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships.

The Illini tallied a season-high score of 195.750 to earn their highest finish since winning the event in 1990.

Haagensen, Ruggeri lead Illini charge

CHAMPAIGN – Wes Haagensen (89.600) and Paul Ruggeri (84.150) took the top two spots in the all-around competition Saturday as the sixth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team defeated No. 5 Michigan 357.150-353.200 at Huff Hall.

In addition to his all-around title, Haagensen won the parallel bars, just ahead of Illinois' Tyler Yamauchi and Brian Liscovitz. Haagensen also netted a second place in the horizontal bar event.

Illini Insider

A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:

Masheto captures fourth Big Ten championship

MADISON, Wis. – Gakologelwang Masheto added his fourth Big Ten track and field title Sunday by winning the 400-meter dash at the conference indoor championship meet.

The Illinois junior finished in 47.23 seconds, nearly 0.2 second faster than second-place finisher Jeremy Orr of Michigan State.

Hoffman, Illini claim national wheelchair basketball title

CHAMPAIGN – Carlee Hoffman had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the UI women's wheelchair basketball team defeated Alabama 44-43 on Saturday in the title game of the national tournament.