Track and Field

Track and Field

Ilini Q&A

This week''s guest: Camile Robinson.

She''s moving indoors

CHAMPAIGN – Ask Carlene Robinson if she''s used to central Illinois weather and you don''t wait long for a response.

"No, we''re not used to the cold," the Illini track standout said. "We''ve had to get climatized."

Tradition gives Illini extra step

Illinois champions of earlier generations would have been impressed by Zach Glavash''s 600-meter time, 1 minute, 16.96 seconds. It was the fastest ever on an unbanked indoor track.

So it was a world record, albeit esoteric. Yet Illini greats would have been more impressed by the scene at the finish than the time on the scoreboard. Glavash leaned on teammates to support himself. He reclined on the track, utterly emptied.

Illini''s been there, back again

CHAMPAIGN – For 2 years, Zach Glavash won every race he entered. But that was high school.

A two-time Class A 800-meter state champion at Chillicothe IVC, Glavash went from being best to last the second he walked on the Illinois campus. And he knew it.

A weekly chat with Tony Bleill

This week''s guest: Shanna Pickett.

Buford-Bailey honored

Tonja Buford-Bailey, an assistant coach for Gary Winckler''s Illini women''s track and field team, was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame on Jan. 28.

A weekly chat with Tony Bleill

This week''s guest: Abe Jones.

Q and A with Eric Wallor

Junior Eric Wallor is in his first season at Illinois after transferring from Harper College. After sitting out the 2003-04 season, Wallor raced for the first time last weekend, winning the Redbird Challenge in Bloomington. The Palatine product was 11th at the NJCAA Division national meet in 2002.

She''ll be back

We asked News-Gazette staff Jeff Huth, who has covered Perdita Felicien''s track career since her arrival at Illinois in 2000, for his take on the former Illini''s stumble in Athens.

Former Illini Felicien reaches 100 hurdles finals

ATHENS, Greece  World champion Perdita Felicien and two Americans reached the final of the 100-meter hurdles Monday, an event that lost Gail Devers to injury a day earlier.

Joanna Hayes won her semifinal heat Monday night in 12.48 seconds, while U.S. teammate Melissa Morrison was second to Felicien in the other heat in 12.53. Felicien, a Canadian who attended the University of Illinois, won that heat in 12.49.