Track and Field

Track and Field

Shoe fits Illini

CHAMPAIGN – His name is Gakologelwang Lesiba Masheto, but feel free to call him "Shoes."

Nearly everyone does. For an obvious reason.

Track teams earn at-large bids

CHAMPAIGN – Three individuals and one relay from the Illinois track and field teams received at-large invitations Tuesday to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Illini come to the four

ATHENS, Ga. – Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe are out to prove their run to the NCAA double title last spring was no fluke.

Mission accomplished.

Anderson continues journey into quarters

ATHENS, Ga. – Illinois junior Kevin Anderson defeated Florida's Greg Oullette 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Friday to advance to the Elite Eight at the NCAA individual tennis championships.

Anderson, seeded fourth, will face Miami's Luigi D'Agord with a trip to the Final Four on the line. D'Agord is seeded eighth and reached the Elite Eight by defeating Ohio State's Bryan Koniecko.

UI's Winckler rates honor

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois women's track and field coach Gary Winckler was named Big Ten Outdoor Coach of the Year in a vote by league coaches.

Winckler captured his sixth outdoor honor and the 11th of his Illini career.

Three Illini bring home crowns

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Lesiba Masheto (400), Adrian Walker (400 hurdles) and the 1,600-meter relay team brought home Big Ten Outdoor Championships for Illinois's sixth-place men's track & field team Sunday.

"I'm very proud of these guys,"UI coach Wayne Angel said. "We came up short of our (top-three) goal but we scratched and clawed and turned in some great performances all around."

Mensah makes mark for Illini

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Gary Winckler has been coaching track and field at Illinois for 22 years and says he can't recall an athlete having as good a performance at the Big Ten Championships as senior Yvonne Mensah did this weekend.

Mensah captured six medals in all Sunday – including four golds – as the Illini shared the team title with Michigan. It was the Illini's sixth outdoor championship and 11th overall under Winckler.

Mensah, Brown take third

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Yvonne Mensah finished third in the long jump to highlight the Illinois effort at Saturday's weather-delayed Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Illini senior went a season-best 20 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

Illini suffer power outage

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The signature power that coach Terri Sullivan's club had shown throughout the season was nowhere to be found Friday as the Illinois softball team fell to Michigan 4-0 in the Big Ten tournament.

Illini senior and Monticello product Molly Lawhead had Illinois' lone hit in the loss.

Big Ten track at a glance

Here's a look at this weekend's Big Ten Track meet: