Track and Field

Track and Field

Mensah belongs in elite company

It's the most exclusive club in the history of University of Illinois women's track and field. Just four athletes rate the unabashedly grand label of "The Greatest Illini" in the team's media guide.

You can read all about this Fantastic Four in the current edition on pages 46 through 48. There's the original "Greatest": Tonja Buford-Bailey, a three-time Olympian and former world championship silver medalist.

Masheto, Robinson show mettle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Just like the indoor season, Lesiba Masheto finished as an All-American.

The Illinois sophomore placed fourth in the 400-meter finals Saturday at the NCAA championship meet to earn his second career All-America honor. His first came indoors in the same event.

Robinsons clear first NCAA hurdle

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Illini seniors Carlene and Camile Robinson ran in separate 400-meter hurdles heats at theNCAA Outdoor Track &Field Championships on Thursday, but the twins clocked nearly identical times.

The good news for the Robinsons: They both advanced to today's semifinals.

Masheto reaches 400 semifinals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Illinois sophomore Lesiba Masheto won his heat in the first round of the 400 meters Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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."