Track and Field

Track and Field

Ponder's back to winning ways after rough years

CHAMPAIGN – For a long jumper who's never been the fleetest afoot, collegiate success came with sprinterlike swiftness for Tisha Ponder.

One year into her Illinois career, the former Junior Olympics long jump champion:

Tate: UI track aide hasn't lost golden touch

Yards or meters, the most exciting 10 seconds in sports is the 100.

Snap a finger, blink your eyes, and it's over.

That's the life of Illinois' Willie Williams: 10-second flashes. On your mark, get set, EXPLODE!

Illinois senior looking forward to life in slower lane

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – You'll never see Tara Mendozza doing sitspins at the UI Ice Arena or ripping through the Quad on rollerblades. But "never" ends in June.

For four years, the Illinois middle distance runner has followed assistant coach Michelle Byrne's orders and avoided hazardous leg activities.

NCAA or bust

The NCAA Indoor championships are being held today and Saturday at Fayetteville, Ark. Here is a rundown on Illinois' entries:

Illinois star hurdler Armstrong wasn''t always tops in his own family

   CHAMPAIGN  If her brother someday climbs the Olympic medal stand, Shalanda Armstrong will be able to smile and say, "I used to beat him."

   During his freshman year at Chicago Luther South, Sherman Armstrong''s older sister introduced him to the hurdles.

   Shalanda Armstrong didn''t just teach her brother the tricks of the race. She showed him by streaking to the finish line first on the cinder track.

UI''s Richards might be tired, but she''s blazing fast

CHAMPAIGN – Kerry Ann Richards is leaning on a wall at the UI Armory. She's tired.

Tired of Midwest weather, for one thing. After more than four years in Champaign-Urbana, the Kingston, Jamaica, native and Illinois sprint star still has no appreciation of wind chill factors or 3 inches of slush. Go figure.

"I'm pretty sick of it, to be honest," Richards laughed. "I'm in bewilderment that people live here by choice."

Illini sprinter claims honor

Illinois junior Sherman Armstrong was named the Big Ten Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after he won the 60-meter hurdles and was the top collegiate runner in the 200 dash at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational.

Big Ten cites UI's Armstrong

Illinois junior Sherman Armstrong was named the Big Ten men's track and field athlete of the week on Wednesday.

Williams followed idol Owens to track greatness

CHAMPAIGN – The 100.

We dutifully add "meter dash," but you know what we're talking about. All speed and power. The ultimate test of an athlete.

To the person who runs it best, there's even a fancy nickname: world's fastest human.

UI puts field help in vault

CHAMPAIGN – Help is on the way in the field events. So is another top sprint prospect from the Hoosier State.

The latest recruiting class for the Illinois men's track and field program includes: