Track and Field
CHAMPAIGN – In one fell swoop last winter, Camile and Carlene Robinson made their initial acquaintance with snow, winter coats and indoor track.
The Illinois freshmen figure they''ll eventually warm to the latter. The first two? The response from these lifelong residents of sun-drenched Jamaica, as you might expect, remains strictly cold shoulder.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – If you think this year''s presidential election will be close, consider how tough it will be for voters choosing freshman of the year in women''s Big Ten track and field.
One candidate is Illinois'' Camile Robinson, who won the 400-meter hurdles Sunday at the league outdoor championships.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Illinois will try to finish today what it started. That''s what Cassie Hunt did Saturday.
Hunt, who was running for both victory and a record, achieved neither at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships. But after stumbling and falling at the final water jump, she gathered herself and ran to third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
CHAMPAIGN – At 5-foot-8, Andre English almost always is looking up at his rivals.
That''s no big deal to the Illinois hurdler, who these days almost always ends up looking back at those same guys at the finish line.
DES MOINES, Iowa – World champion Perdita Felicien opened her outdoor season with an easy win the women''s 100-meter hurdles at Saturday''s Drake Relays.
In her first race since winning the world indoor title in the 60 hurdles, the former Illini won in 13 seconds and beat runner-up Priscilla Lopes by 10 meters.
CHAMPAIGN – They might be freshmen, but they sure aren''t acting their age.
Two weeks into their first collegiate outdoor track season, it''s clear Yvonne Mensah, Cassie Hunt and twin sisters Camille and Carlene Robinson are ahead of the curve.
Former Illinois track and field star Perdita Felicien won the 60-meter hurdles gold medal Sunday at the 2004 World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The Pickering, Ontario, native finished in 7.75 seconds to edge American sprinting legend Gail Devers, who finished second in 7.78.
Illinois sprinter Yvonne Mensah has been named Big Ten Women''s Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.
Mensah won the 60-meter hurdles at the Big Ten indoor meet last weekend at Iowa City, Iowa, setting a track record with a time of 8.32 seconds. The Surrey, British Columbia, native also placed third in the 60 and fourth in the 200.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Illinois had the right man in the right place at the right time to end the Big Ten Indoor Championships. He had the right identity, too.
The last name of Nathan Vadeboncouer, who is of Icelandic descent, translates to "go with good heart." The Illini entrusted him on the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay, and he went up against international star Mitch Potter without faltering.
CHAMPAIGN – Too much fun and not enough run.
That describes last year''s Illinois men''s track and field team, a group that had a barrel of laughs but finished eighth at the 2003 Big Ten indoor meet.