Track and Field

Illinois 4x400 relay team continues winning tradition

CHAMPAIGN – Everyone but the shot putters, it seems, wants in on Illinois' 4x400-meter relay team these days.

Not long ago, sophomore sprinter Tunde Ridley was bending the ear of Illini assistant coach Willie Williams about getting in on the action.


Villa Grove runner to join Illini

VILLA GROVE – When Jordana Meyer was being recruited by Illinois, there was no need to acquaint the versatile track and field athlete with the Armory.

Jan Meyer had introduced his daughter to UI's indoor track facility long ago.


UI's Harrison, Grant victorious

Illinois' Yvonne Harrison won the 400-meter hurdles in 58.38 seconds and teammate Stacy Grant won the high jump with an NCAA provisional-qualifying leap of 5 feet, 11 1/2 inches Friday at the Raleigh (N.C.)


Silver for UI relay

   INDIANAPOLIS  The Illinois men''s 4 x 400 relay team took second in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday as the Illini finished 17th overall.


UI sprinter Jones back in top form

CHAMPAIGN – It was just another Monday when Illinois sprint coach Willie Williams showed up at the Armory for track practice last November.

Training had gone well over the weekend, and his sprinters were gearing up for the 1998 season.

Then Chris Jones blew a gasket.


Women start fast at meet

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Collinus Newsome's repeat as conference shot put champion and strong showings by several University of Illinois sprinters helped propel the women to fourth place in the team standings after the first day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday.


Illinois'' Knuffman jumping for joy

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  You might say Joe Knuffman was bred to be a long jumper. Not what you''d expect from someone who grew up on a hog farm.


Illini going places

CHAMPAIGN – Back in August, the Latimers loaded up the car and drove east. Far east.

By the time Aleisha, Thelma and Edward Latimer stopped, the trip odometer read 1,012.3 miles. Give or take a few.


Illini Truly blazing

CHAMPAIGN – If Bobby True could set a school record in the 600 meters and come within eyelash of doing the same in the 1,000, what would happen when the University of Illinois junior got rolling in his favorite event.

True provided the answer Saturday by ripping off the fastest time ever by a Big Ten Conference runner in the indoor 800.


Oleson, mates ready to tackle bobsled run

NAGANO, Japan – Bob Olesen's Olympic dream didn't start on some frozen pond or ski slope. He prefered the hard runway and sand landing pit of the triple jump.


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