Track and Field

Track and Field

True right on track for Illinois

   The 89th men''s Big Ten Indoor Championships underscored the unique properties of track and field.

   On a day when coaches scribbled updates on notepads and athletes strained for every possible point, the team and individual aspects of the sport converged into a memorable Sunday at Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center in Madison, Wis.

Yesko shows heart

MADISON, Wis. – Illinois' bid to win its first men's Big Ten indoor track title since 1989 faded Saturday.

However, the outlook was once even worse for Matt Yesko. The Illini will try to rally around him to revive their hope.

Latimer, Ponder lead Illini charge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Aleisha Latimer qualified for two finals and finished eighth in the long jump to lead Illinois' women's track and field team at Saturday's Big Ten Indoor Championships.

Latimer had the best time in the 60 meters (7.4 seconds) and No. 2 time in the 200 (24.41). Both finals are today.

The Big (Ten) Picture

Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships

UI senior a blur on track

CHAMPAIGN – Back when they were University of Illinois football teammates, George McDonald-Ashford left Simeon Rice in his wake on the UI Armory track.

"Me and Simeon were pretty good friends, so once I came and raced against him just to give him a hard time," McDonald-Ashford said.

Illini tuning up on track

   URBANA  Thanks to several stellar performances, the Illinois men''s track and field team was able to use Saturday''s Illini Classic meet as an effective tuneup for next weekend''s Big Ten Indoor Championships.

   Illinois'' centerpiece was All-America runner Bobby True.

Mendozza wins at new distance to lift UI women

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois fans haven't seen Tara Mendozza in an 800-meter race yet, and it might not happen anytime soon.

But the UI junior would like everyone to know she's still an 800 runner. She just has another tag now.

Armstrong, True head Illini pack

INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois senior Bobby True and sophomore Sherman Armstrong provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with victories Saturday at the Cannon IV Classic indoor track and field meet.

True won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 49.35 seconds. Armstrong won the 200 in a personal-best 21.48.

Illini relay message

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois freshman Jason Van Swol this week received his indoctrination into a rather highbrow club.

   He joined the Illini''s 1,600-meter relay squad. Two members, sophomore Sherman Armstrong and junior Tyrone Jones, return from last year''s feared foursome, which set a school indoor record, won the Big Ten indoors and took second at the NCAA meet.

Former track coach 'one of us'

CHAMPAIGN – For 16 years, Mike Shine has considered Champaign his adopted hometown.

On Sunday, the Pennsylvania native will receive the strongest confirmation yet that the feeling is mutual. At 2 p.m. in Dodds Park, the Champaign Park District will induct the 1976 Olympic silver medalist into its Tribute to Olympic Athletes.