Track and Field

Silver for UI relay

   INDIANAPOLIS  The Illinois men''s 4 x 400 relay team took second in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday as the Illini finished 17th overall.


UI sprinter Jones back in top form

CHAMPAIGN – It was just another Monday when Illinois sprint coach Willie Williams showed up at the Armory for track practice last November.

Training had gone well over the weekend, and his sprinters were gearing up for the 1998 season.

Then Chris Jones blew a gasket.


Women start fast at meet

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Collinus Newsome's repeat as conference shot put champion and strong showings by several University of Illinois sprinters helped propel the women to fourth place in the team standings after the first day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday.


Illinois'' Knuffman jumping for joy

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  You might say Joe Knuffman was bred to be a long jumper. Not what you''d expect from someone who grew up on a hog farm.


Illini going places

CHAMPAIGN – Back in August, the Latimers loaded up the car and drove east. Far east.

By the time Aleisha, Thelma and Edward Latimer stopped, the trip odometer read 1,012.3 miles. Give or take a few.


Illini Truly blazing

CHAMPAIGN – If Bobby True could set a school record in the 600 meters and come within eyelash of doing the same in the 1,000, what would happen when the University of Illinois junior got rolling in his favorite event.

True provided the answer Saturday by ripping off the fastest time ever by a Big Ten Conference runner in the indoor 800.


Oleson, mates ready to tackle bobsled run

NAGANO, Japan – Bob Olesen's Olympic dream didn't start on some frozen pond or ski slope. He prefered the hard runway and sand landing pit of the triple jump.


Junior''s record highlights Illinois'' effort in opener

CHAMPAIGN – It's not his race of choice, and he wasn't even counting on a win, let alone a school record, but that didn't stop Bobby True from setting one Saturday.

The University of Illinois junior ripped off a 1-minute, 18.01-second clocking in the 600 meters to set a school mark at the UI Armory.


Illinois redshirt rested, pain-free

CHAMPAIGN – Aspen Burkett hasn't felt this good since she was a high school junior.

And that can't be welcome news for rival sprinters who've seen what the University of Illinois junior can do even when pain's a persistent companion.


Clemson picks UI track aide

Ron Garner, who served as the top assistant to University of Illinois women's track coach Gary Winckler for six years, has been named head coach of the Clemson women's program.


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