Track and Field
I am arguably the greatest triple jumper in UI women's track and field history. I won one Big Ten title (indoors, 2002), and I own the school records for indoors and outdoors. I wasn't bad on the track, either, helping the 2002 400-meter relay team finish sixth at the NCAA outdoor meet.
I'm one of two Illini men's track and field athletes to win two Big Ten titles in the steeplechase. Mine came in 1982 and '83. My winning time of 8 minutes, 37.8 seconds in 1982 remains 5.2 seconds off the meet record. I made an impact in the NCAA championships in the steeplechase, too, placing sixth in 1983 and 12th in '82.
I won four Big Ten titles for the women's track and field team in the late 1980s and early '90s. In 1989, I captured the outdoor title with a jump of 6 feet, a figure that stands third on the UI list behind Carmel Corbett and Stacy Ann Grant.
I was one of the earliest stars of the women's track and field program. Between 1976 and '78, Iwon four individual Big Ten titles, all in the high jump. Three came outdoors, the last in 1998, and one was indoors. My best indoor performance, 5 feet, 10 inches, is now tied for fifth on the school outdoor list.
At a school that produced such Olympic medalists in the pole vault as Bob Richards and Don Laz, I am the only Illini to win two outdoor national titles in the event. I captured the national collegtiate crown in 1944 by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches. One year later, I won again with an 11-6 vault. Another highlight was winning the Big Ten indoor championship in 1945 at 13-9. But my biggest feat was earning the co-title at the 1945 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships with a height of 13-6.
I won 14 individual and relay Big Ten titles for the women's track team from 1986-90. Most of my success came as part of the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams, but I also captured individual crowns in the 400 three times.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois track and field All-American Zach Glavash plans to transfer to another school after the fall semester.
The two-time Big Ten champion re-quested a release from his scholarship in September. That request was granted and Glavash is expected to enroll at Texas Tech for the spring semester.
I won 11 Big Ten titles in women's track and field in my career, which concluded in 1989. My highlight was the 1989 Big Ten outdoor meet in Indianapolis. I earned four titles: triple jump, long jump, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter relay. I won two other outdoor titles in the hurdles, and I finished ninth in the 1989 NCAA outdoor meet.
I was a four-time Big Ten champion in the men's pole vault, capturing the indoor crowns from 1985-87 and winning the outdoor title in 1986. Only 1952 Olympic silver medalist Don Laz won more Big Ten titles (five) in the event in UI history. I also was a three-time NCAA runner-up in the pole vault: in 1986 and '87 indoors and 1987 outdoors. I rank second on the all-time UI list in the indoor pole vault with a height of 18 feet, 2 inches. I currently am the men's and women's head track and field coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
I was a member of nine Big Ten title-winning sprint relays in women's track. Starting in 1986 and finishing in 1989, I competed on 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays that were among the nation's best. My most famous teammate in the 1,600 relay was Celena Mondie-Milner.