Track and Field

Track and Field

Hoffman, Illini claim national wheelchair basketball title

CHAMPAIGN – Carlee Hoffman had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the UI women's wheelchair basketball team defeated Alabama 44-43 on Saturday in the title game of the national tournament.

Evans' focus goes far beyond Big Ten Indoor Championships

CHAMPAIGN – It's a blustery afternoon in February. Aja Evans sits on the sideline at the UI Armory, twisting the ring – her late grandmother's wedding band – on her left ring finger while she contemplates the last two whirlwind years.

The Illinois sophomore, a graduate of Chicago Morgan Park, never suspected she would end up in Champaign-Urbana.

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Baseball steals season opener

EDINBURG, Texas – Five different players drove in one run as the Illinois baseball team knocked off Sam Houston State 6-4 on Friday.

Casey McMurray, Brandon Wikoff, Ryan Hastings, Joe Bonadonna and Kyle Hudson each had RBI.

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Ruggeri, Illini go down swinging

CHAMPAIGN – Paul Ruggeri won individual titles on floor (15.700), vault (16.050) and high bar (14.750) but it wasn't enough as fifth-ranked Illinois lost to top-ranked Penn State in a Big Ten men's gymnastics meet Saturday at Huff Hall.

The Nittany Lions rallied to win 352.300-351.000.

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Ex-Illini breaks world record

KARLSRUHE, Germany – Susanna Kallur, a former Illini, broke the 18-year-old world record in the women's 60-meter indoor hurdles Sunday, finishing in 7.68 seconds to lower the mark by 0.01 second at the Karlsruhe International.

More honors for Masheto

NEW YORK – A day after setting the NCAA mark in the 500-meter run, Illinois' Gakologelwang Masheto was named Male Athlete of the Meet at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.

On the track Saturday, the Illini got solid performances from the 3,200 relay team, which took fifth, Dominique Worsley (ninth in 200), Nick Brown (ninth in triple jump) and Trent Hoerr (10th in 3,000).

Masheto sets standard in 500 meters

NEW YORK – Illinois' Gakologelwang Masheto broke a 21-year-old collegiate indoor record, winning the 500 meters in 1 minute, 0.82 second Friday at the New Balance Invitational.

Texas' Tevan Everett was second in 1:02.19. The previous record was 1:00.84, set by Navy's Michael Greene in 1987.