Track and Field
I won seven Big Ten women's track and field titles between 1995 and 1998. My best individual events were the 100 and the 200. My best time in the 100, 11.28, was good enough to share the school record with Benita Kelley.
CHAMPAIGN – Willie Williams has been a fixture at University of Illinois track meets for most of the last half century.
He was in the stands at the Illinois Invitational on Saturday in his role as a volunteer assistant. He returned to coaching last fall after retiring in 2000 after 18 years as an Illini assistant in charge of sprinters and hurdlers. He's been a part of the Illini track program since arriving as a freshman in 1950 except for 23 years as a high school coach in his hometown of Gary, Ind.
CHAMPAIGN – Just because Yvonne Mensah readily agreed to compete in the triple jump this year, that didn't mean the Illinois All-American had a clear idea of what she was getting into.
"The first couple of days of practice, it was really funny because I didn't know what the phases were," Mensah said. "I didn't even know how you did it."
I was a four-time Big Ten champion in the shot put, including a streak of three indoor titles beginning in 1993. I swept the league shot put crowns in 1994. My best NCAA Championships performance came in 1995, when I placed sixth indoors. I rank third in UI history in both the indoor (62 feet, 1 inch) and outdoor (62-3) shot put.
CHAMPAIGN – Wayne Angel can only imagine what others thought when he signed a sprinter from New Hampshire.
Heck, the Illinois men's track and field coach will admit to the same sense of eyebrow-lifting skepticism when Dominique Worsley – a high school prospect recommended by a recruiting service – returned a questionnaire to Angel back in 2004.
I was an NCAA champion in the 60-meter hurdles and the 100 hurdles in 2002, the same year I set the NCAA record in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.90 seconds. I was selected as the Dike Eddleman Female Athlete of the Year, the top honor given to female athletes at Illinois, in both 2001 and 2002.
I am the only athlete in Illinois men's track and field history to break the 7,000-point plateau in the decathlon. In fact, no other Illini has scored more than 6,709 in this 10-event test of versatility. My school record of 7,073 points was set in 1995 while placing third in the Big Ten meet.
I'm arguably the best high jumper in UI women's track and field history. I earned seven All-America honors between 1996 and '99, topped by a fourth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA indoor meet. I still own the school record.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Illinois sophomore Pierre Bush earned first place in the 100 meters Saturday at Purdue's Poehlein Invitational, clocking 11.10 seconds.
Paul Johnson and Scott Puhse claimed third and fourth, respectively, in the 400.
I'm a three-time women's track and field All-American. The highlight came in 1994, when I finished fourth in the heptathlon at the NCAA outdoor meet. My best event was the high jump, where I earned a tie for fifth at the 1995 NCAA indoors meet.