Track and Field

Track and Field

One-track minds

Dwayne Smith and Aaron Hodges haven't attended a class at Illinois, and already they are second on the football depth chart.

But they can't worry about that now. Both star athletes need to finish their high school careers first.

Truly, the Games are calling

CHAMPAIGN – It should come as no surprise that Bobby True has designs on the 2000 Olympics.

Already this year, the five-time Illinois All-American has set an NCAA record in one track event and clocked the fourth-fastest time among U.S. runners in another.

Illini True's best race good for another honor

INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois' Bobby True entered the NCAA Indoor meet seeded fifth in the 800-meter run. That's the way he left, too.

True finished Saturday's race in 1 minute, 46.96 seconds, good for fifth place and All-America honors. The time was a personal best for True, who set an Illinois and Big Ten record in the event.

True's best in Big Ten

Illinois senior Bobby True, who broke a 14-year-old record in the 600 meters last weekend at the Big Ten Men's Track and Field Championships in Madison, Wis., was named the conference's Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Friday.

True right on track for Illinois

   The 89th men''s Big Ten Indoor Championships underscored the unique properties of track and field.

   On a day when coaches scribbled updates on notepads and athletes strained for every possible point, the team and individual aspects of the sport converged into a memorable Sunday at Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center in Madison, Wis.

Yesko shows heart

MADISON, Wis. – Illinois' bid to win its first men's Big Ten indoor track title since 1989 faded Saturday.

However, the outlook was once even worse for Matt Yesko. The Illini will try to rally around him to revive their hope.

Latimer, Ponder lead Illini charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Aleisha Latimer qualified for two finals and finished eighth in the long jump to lead Illinois' women's track and field team at Saturday's Big Ten Indoor Championships.

Latimer had the best time in the 60 meters (7.4 seconds) and No. 2 time in the 200 (24.41). Both finals are today.

The Big (Ten) Picture

Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships

UI senior a blur on track

CHAMPAIGN – Back when they were University of Illinois football teammates, George McDonald-Ashford left Simeon Rice in his wake on the UI Armory track.

"Me and Simeon were pretty good friends, so once I came and raced against him just to give him a hard time," McDonald-Ashford said.

Illini tuning up on track

   URBANA  Thanks to several stellar performances, the Illinois men''s track and field team was able to use Saturday''s Illini Classic meet as an effective tuneup for next weekend''s Big Ten Indoor Championships.

   Illinois'' centerpiece was All-America runner Bobby True.