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Track and Field

Gary Winckler''s Olympic diary

   Gary Winckler, head womens track and field coach at Illinois, is in Australia working with some current and former Illini. Hell check in periodically with sights and sounds from the Summer Olympics. Todays report:

Gary Winckler''s Olympic Diary

   Gary Winckler, head women''s track and field coach at Illinois, is in Australia (he had two flights canceled on the way) working with some current and former Illini. He''ll check in periodically with sights and sounds from the Summer Olympics. Today''s report:

Oshinowo honored

Illinois' Ade Oshinowo, a Waubonsie Valley product, was named a 2000 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award Winner.

Illini running for Canada

The number of countries sporting an Illinois flavor at the Summer Olympics now totals four.

Perdita Felicien is the latest Illini to secure a bid to Sydney, winning the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Canadian Olympic track and field trials in Victoria, British Columbia. The sophomore is the fourth runner with Illini ties to qualify, all for different nations.

Ex-Illini not down under for long

CARROLLTON, Texas – Most folks don't ask Tonja Buford-Bailey how she did it. When you've qualified for the Olympics twice before, that question long since was answered by the pre-eminent women's track athlete in Illinois history.

No, what people want to know is why?

Second Wind: Buford-Bailey headed back to Olympics

   SACRAMENTO, Calif.  Tonja Buford-Bailey was never particularly fond of the 400-meter hurdles anyway. In the early 1990s, Illinois coach Gary Winckler had to sell her on the idea it would become her best event.

   So after she gave birth to a son in 1998, she didn''t hear only the baby''s cries. She heard the critics who said her track career was over, that she wouldn''t reclaim motivation or running rhythm.

Illini results for U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Sacramento, Calif.

Former Illini Tonja Buford-Bailey won her heat in the 400 hurdles. Former Illini Yvonne Harrison was third in the same heat and qualified for tonight's finals.

Former Illini Stacy Ann Grant was sixth in the high jump and did not advance. Current Illini Gia Lewis, a Centennial product, finished 20th in the discus preliminaries and didn't advance.

True to his dream

CHAMPAIGN – Bobby True hasn't lived in Liberia since he was 3. And he has no intention of returning anytime soon to a nation struggling to recover from a seven-year civil war that ended three years ago this month.

But the former Illinois track standout doesn't need to step foot in the west African nation to represent it in the 2000 Olympics. So when the first round of the 800 meters is held Sept. 23 in Sydney, Australia, True will realize his longtime Olympic dream as Liberia's one and only medal hope in the event.

Late-blooming Lewis joins elite

CHAMPAIGN – Like a wide-eyed child witnessing her first fireworks display, Gia Lewis could not keep her eyes off the other discus throwers.

There was Seilala Sua of UCLA, a two-time U.S. champion in the process of winning her record-fourth NCAA outdoor title.

Felicien earns more All-America honors

DURHAM, N.C. – Illinois freshman Perdita Felicien capped her first season with more All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.