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.
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.
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – A lingering foot injury is casting doubt on whether All-Big Ten Conference runner Jason Zieren will compete this season for the University of Illinois cross-country team.
SAVOY – If Danielle Fonzino keeps this up, the University of Illinois junior is going to run herself into a new event come track season.
For the second meet in a row, Fonzino was the first Illini across the finish line Saturday morning as the host team placed second in the Illinois Invitational women's cross-country meet.
SAVOY – Scott McClennan was surrounded by familiar faces as he bore down on the finish line. Unfortunately for the University of Illinois men's cross-country team, they weren't the faces of his teammates.
Jason Zieren isn't sure how his left foot was injured. And he doesn't know when he might return to action.
CHAMPAIGN – The first time Gary Winckler asked Michelle Byrne to join his University of Illinois track and cross-country staff, the East Tennessee State coach answered thanks, but no thanks.
Now she's thankful the Illini head coach didn't take no as her definitive answer.
Greg Dykstra, then a junior at Rockford Guilford High School, was biding his time before the start of the mile run at a conference track meet when his coach came storming up to him.
"He comes up with this rolled-up newspaper in his hands and says, ''Did you read what they wrote about you in the paper?'' " the former University of Illinois runner said recently. "He had this really disgusted look on his face."