Track and Field

Track and Field

UI roundup: McFadden earns silver medal

RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden placed second Friday in the T-54 women’s 100-meter final at the Paralympics.

McFadden finished in 16.13 seconds to take the silver medal, crossing the line just behind China’s Wenjun Liu (16.00). Current Illini Hannah McFadden just missed the race’s podium, placing fourth in 16.34.

LeFevour seventh in Paralympics event

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Illinois graduate student Kelsey LeFevour placed seventh Thursday in the T53 women’s 100-meter dash at the Paralympics. She completed the race in 17.31 seconds.

Also in track and field, UI grad student Tatyana McFadden (third, 16.52) and current Illini Hannah McFadden (fourth, 16.55) advanced to the T54 100 finals Thursday.

27 area athletes to compete in Paralympics

The 2016 Paralympics started Wednesday and will continue through Sept. 18 in Rio. A look at athletes with local ties:

ATHLETE    SPORT
Dylan Alcott    Tennis
Former UI student will represent Australia

Brian Bell    Men’s basketball
Former UI student will play for United States

Seymour not set on 2020 Olympics

RANTOUL — Don’t pencil Pedrya Seymour in for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just yet.

Yes, the redshirt junior Illinois hurdler made the unprecedented move of qualifying for her first Olympics four months after first running the 100 hurdles competitively.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 17, 2016

In his 50 remarkable years at The News-Gazette, Loren Tate figures he’s written 13,000 columns. That’s a ton of “Tatelines.”

Seymour's rapid rise sees Olympics

CHAMPAIGN — Pedrya Seymour was recruited to Illinois by former track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey primarily for how quickly she could cover 400 meters.

That was Seymour’s race — the 400, 1,600 relay and especially the 400 hurdles.

Eight Illini connections at Rio Olympic Games

Eight with UI connections are at the Rio Games. A quick breakdown:

Jill Ellis, United States
Women’s soccer coach

The reigning CONCACAF and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year has an Olympic favorite in a team coming off a World Cup victory last year.

Coaches take advantage of new bylaw

CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.

All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 31, 2016

Ready or not, Rio, the Summer Games commence in five days. Here's Part 2 of our miniseries asking locals with Olympic resumes to share the memory that always draws laughs or gasps, no matter how many times they tell it. (Here's part 1)

Tate: Delany showing few downsides

CHICAGO — It is not the personal plan of 68-year-old Jim Delany to be on hand ­— so he says — when the Big Ten’s new six-year media rights deal (reported at $2.64 billion) runs out in 2023.

“I have a lot of energy and interest,” he said Tuesday at the league’s annual media days event, “but six years is probably beyond where I see it.