Track and Field

Track and Field

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.

Illini victories too few, far between

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  In sprinter Benita Kelley and half-miler Bobby True, Illinois has two of the premier athletes in the Big Ten.

   That''s comforting only if you regard track and field as an individual showcase in which team scores are irrelevant. Otherwise, there was little solace for the Illini at Sunday''s 98th Big Ten Championships.

Illini face uphill climb at Big Ten meet

COLUMBUS, Ohio  This is the last Big Ten track and field meet being held inside 76-year-old Ohio Stadium.

After the way Illinois'' men started, they might have been ready to throw a Woody Hayes-like fit, tear out the track surface themselves and send in donations for the new campus facility.

Illini show True grit

CHAMPAIGN – Bobby True is used to the stares. Kind of likes them, actually.

The Illinois junior knows his Big Ten rivals wouldn't bother playing mind games with him if he were any old face in the 800-meter crowd.

UI's Knuffman at his best

CHAMPAIGN – Joe Knuffman figured he'd gotten off a decent long jump but certainly nothing to get excited about.

The reaction from the folks in the stands told him otherwise.

Illinois track recruit Meyer keeps busy plotting her future course

CAMARGO – So you've seen Jordana Meyer at a high school track meet and marveled at her versatility.

That's nothing. You should see what she can do away from her favorite sport.

Harrison following in footsteps of UI standout hurdlers

CHAMPAIGN  When Yvonne Harrison''s track career took an unexpected detour, she decided to follow in some formidable footsteps.

Three years later, the University of Illinois senior is on course to take her place with hurdles greats Tonja Buford-Bailey and Tonya Williams.

UI track stays course: Lincoln-Way standout,Indiana state championamong latest signees

Jason Van Swol planned to use his official visit to the University of Illinois as a kind of test run.

It would be good preparation, he thought, for what to look for and ask about on future visits to track powerhouses Arkansas and Tennessee.

True, Lamb two much at big meet

Illinois juniors Bobby True and Cortney Lamb highlighted a banner day for the University of Illinois men's track team Saturday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

Illinois nabs versatility

CHAMPAIGN – Villa Grove's Jordana Meyer isn't the only multi-event standout heading to the University of Illinois next school year.

Coach Gary Winckler announced Thursday that two other versatile recruits have signed letters of intent with his Illini women's track and field program.