Track and Field
I won six Big Ten titles from 1995 to '98. All six came in the shot put, an event in which I hold the UI's top five performance outdoors and the top five indoors. My best NCAA finish was sixth at the 1996 outdoor meet.
I was a 1974 charter member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame. Of my manyfeats in the sport, perhaps the most notable came at the 1924 Olympics. That year I became the only athlete in history to win the decathlon and an individual event in the same Games. In the process, I set a world record in the decathlon and an Olympic record in the high jump. I returned to the Olympics in 1928, earning silver in the high jump. From 1920 to '22, I helped the Illini win every Big Ten indoor and outdoor team title. The 1922 NCAA co-champion in the high jump, I went on to win many AAU national titles.
I was an eight-time All-American for the Illinois women's track and field team. Competing from 1994 to '98, I finished in the top 10 in four events. Twice I finished third at an NCAA meet, both times in the 400-meter relay. My best finish in the 200 was a fifth at the 1995 NCAA outdoor meet.
I lettered for the UI women's track team from 1983 to '86, twice competing at the NCAA indoors meet. In 1986, I finished seventh in the mile run. I also ran cross-country, earning All-Big Ten honors in 1984.
I was a seven-time All-American in women's track, earning outdoor honors all four years at Illinois in the high jump. My best national finish came in the 1998 NCAA indoor meet at Indianapolis, where I placed fourth. I still own the indoor school record of 6 feet, 1 1/4 inches.
I own the top five performances in women's pole vault history at Illinois. Four of the five came in the 2001 season, topped by a 12-foot, 4-inch effort. I didn't win a Big Ten title or earn All-America honors, but only one UI vaulter has come within 2 feet of my record.
I am the greatest 400-meter runner in Illini men's track and field history, holding school records both indoors and outdoors. I was a three-time Big Ten champion in the event, including an indoor-outdoor sweep in 1988. A three-time All-American in the 400, I particularly excelled at the national meets in 1988 – placing second indoors and third outdoors.
An Illini track star from 1992 to '95, I was a member of the New Zealand's national track team. I was a three-time All-American at Illinois, twice in the high jump and once in the heptathlon, where I finished fourth at the 1994 NCAA outdoor meet.
I''m a 14-time women''s track All-American who won 20 Big Ten titles, 10 individually. I was the national champ in the 400-meter hurdles in 1995 and ''96, setting an NCAA Championships meet record of 54.56 in 1996. I twice was named Illinois'' Athlete of the Year, and in 1996 I was honored as the Big Ten''s Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
I was an Olympian in track and field in 1976 and made the U.S. Olympic team again in 1980 but didn''t compete because of my country''s boycott of the Moscow Games. I was a nine-time Big Ten champion, including five league titles in the mile. It was in that event that I placed second at the 1974 NCAA Indoor Championships. I ended my Illini career with four top-five finishes at NCAA meets.