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Masheto breaks record, earns All-America status

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Lesiba Masheto finished fifth in the 400-meter dash on Saturday with a school-record time of 46.14 seconds at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The finish gave him All-America status, and the time broke the school record previously held by Abe Jones (46.18 in 2006).

UI's Mensah captures All-America honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah earned sixth place in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, going 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to claim All-America honors Friday.

"I thought everyone really competed and did well today," UI women's coach Gary Winckler said.

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Former Illini aide retires

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan women's basketball coach Cheryl Burnett, a former Illinois assistant, retired Tuesday, ending a lackluster stint with the Wolverines after helping Southwest Missouri State become a power.

Burnett was 35-83 overall and 10-54 in the Big Ten over four seasons at Michigan. The Wolverines were 10-20 overall and 3-13 in the conference last season, finishing 10th after two straight last-place finishes.

Super soph Masheto rounding into form

AMES, Iowa – Sophomore Lesiba Masheto placed second in the 400 meters, clocking a personal-best 46.65 seconds at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet on Saturday.

Masheto's time is the 14th best nationally, and he hopes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

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Mensah turns in another day filled with personal bests

CHAMPAIGN – Saturday was a good day for Yvonne Mensah, and Sunday was even better.

The Illinois senior track and field star put together a spectacular performance in front of the home crowd during the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the UI Armory.

Masheto a bright spot for Illini

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Lesiba Masheto gave the Illini something to smile about on an otherwise dreary day at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

The sophomore won the 600-meter run title in 1 minute, 16.28 seconds – 0.09 off the Big Ten record – which gives him the No. 1 ranking in the world this year.

Brown takes second in long jump

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Nick Brown finished second in the long jump to highlight Illinois' performance at the Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships at Indiana.

The Illini are in eighth place.