Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini insider

A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:

Zollner, Whittaker hitting new heights

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Illinois men's track and field team earned three titles and 17 top-five finishes Saturday at the Blue Raider Invitational, but coach Wayne Angel said his squad still can improve.

"It was a solid performance for us today, although we've got a lot of work to do," Angel said. "We didn't show the amount of intensity that I was hoping for."

Mensah delivers as UI takes first

CHAMPAIGN – Yvonne Mensah won the long jump and 60-meter dash (7.49 seconds) as Illinois held off Kansas to win the Illini Invitational on Saturday at the UI Armory.

"Overall I had a decent performance," Mensah said. "This was a great starting point, but there are areas that I would like to keep improving upon."

Illini insider

A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:

Illinois track rolls in debut

HANOVER, N.H. – Nick Brown swept the vertical jumps, leading the Illinois men's track and field team to the title of the 38th Dartmouth Relays on Sunday.

The Illini won seven events and placed second in five while piling up 154 points – 63 more than runner-up Dartmouth – in the 12-team meet.

Sprinter selects Angel's team

CHAMPAIGN – Sprinter Marcus Duncan of Port of Spain, Trinidad, highlights the latest recruiting class for Illinois men's track and field coach Wayne Angel.

Duncan was the 2006 national junior college champion in the 100 and 200 meters.

Northwestern bounces Illini spikers

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois volleyball coach Don Hardin is getting tired of moral victories.

Hardin's team, which has battled through recent injuries, lost 30-25, 25-30, 30-26, 30-27 to Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Illini Fudge's ITA run ends

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois freshman Megan Fudge ended her deep run at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships on Monday with a loss to Colleen Rielley of Notre Dame, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals in East Lansing.

Fudge reached the semis after taking out Randi Schuler of Purdue, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, becoming the first Illini to make it past the quarters since Jennifer McGaffigan in 2003.

Illini connections in the running

LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Harvick saw the hole in front of him, a small patch of open track between two other cars.

Driving through it would be risky, but Harvick's never shied away from taking chances. So he shoved his Chevrolet between Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton, forcing his way to the front and running away with the win Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Ex-Illini hurdlers in top four

STUTTGART, Germany – Two former Illini women's hurdlers placed in the top four Sunday at the IAAF World Athletics Final.