Track and Field

Illini relay message

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois freshman Jason Van Swol this week received his indoctrination into a rather highbrow club.

   He joined the Illini''s 1,600-meter relay squad. Two members, sophomore Sherman Armstrong and junior Tyrone Jones, return from last year''s feared foursome, which set a school indoor record, won the Big Ten indoors and took second at the NCAA meet.

Former track coach 'one of us'

CHAMPAIGN – For 16 years, Mike Shine has considered Champaign his adopted hometown.

On Sunday, the Pennsylvania native will receive the strongest confirmation yet that the feeling is mutual. At 2 p.m. in Dodds Park, the Champaign Park District will induct the 1976 Olympic silver medalist into its Tribute to Olympic Athletes.

Washington blazes to 100 win

Illinois signee Quincy Washington won the 100 meters and helped Champaign take the 4x100 relay Sunday at the USA State Championships track meet in Lisle.

Triple play for track star

Weariness couldn't prevent Marion Jones from becoming the first athlete in 50 years to win the women's 100 and 200 meters and long jump at the USA Track and Field Championships in New Orleans.

Keeping Track

   Current and former University of Illinois track and field athletes scheduled to compete in the USA Outdoor Championships today through Sunday in New Orleans:

UI's Grant jumps for joy at NCAAs

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Illinois junior Stacy Ann Grant won All-America honors in the high jump for the third straight year, placing fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday night.

UI hurdler second, relay team sixth, True eighth in NCAA

   BUFFALO, N.Y.  It has been difficult for Yvonne Harrison to outrun teammates, former teammates or an Illinois legacy.

   But after Friday night''s final at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, it will be difficult for others to outrun Yvonne Harrison.

Illini senior All-American

   Joe Knuffman earned All-American honors Thursday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., the Illini senior finishing seventh in the long jump.

Three Illini, relay shine at NCAAs

Yvonne Harrison, Aspen Burkett and Bobby True survived the first round of qualifications Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Also moving on: Illinois' 4 x 100-meter relay team.

Harrison was second in her 400 hurdles heat in a season-best 56.38 seconds. The final is Friday.

UI sprinter Kelley wants to shed label at final outdoor meet

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Maybe it's time to reassess Benita Kelley's image.

You know, the one that portrays the University of Illinois senior as an indoor sprinting specialist who can't seem to translate that success to the outdoors.

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