Track and Field
CHAMPAIGN – Junior Yvonne Mensah was named Big Ten athlete of the week Tuesday after provisionally qualifying for the NCAA meet in two events(60-meter dash, triple jump) at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic in Champaign last weekend.
I earned seven Big Ten women's track and field titles, the most recent in 1996. I was a standout in the 55-meter hurdles, triple jump and 100 hurdles, in which I placed sixth at the 1996 NCAA outdoors meet.
CHAMPAIGN – Last year, Tramell Smith said goodbye to Zach Glavash, his friend and fellow 600-meter runner.
On Saturday in men's track action at the Carle Health Alliance Classic at the University of Illinois Armory, the UI senior said goodbye to Gla-vash's Armory record in the 600 and welcomed in his own, winning the event in 1 minute, 17 seconds.
I am the last Illini to win an NCAA track and field title in the men's high jump. In 1957, I cleared 6 feet, 7 inches to claim the crown. The feat capped a personally memorable season, coming on the heels of my sweep of the Big Ten indoor and outdoor titles in the event. I also was an IHSA state champion, winning the high jump for Springfield Cathedral in 1954.
I own the UI women's track and field school records for the 10,000 meters outdoors and the 5,000 meters indoors, establishing both in 1982. At the '82 NCAA outdoors meet, I was third in the 10,000.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Illinois men's track and field team put on a strong performance Friday against some of the nation'stop squads at the Razorback Open.
The distance medley relay team of Jason Bill, Tim Hobbs, Tramell Smith and Adrian Walker took first place in 9 minutes, 43.04 seconds. Hobbs ran his 1,200 leg in 3:00. Smith's 800 time was 1:47.91, and Walker ran a fast 400 at 47.18. Bill's mile mark was 4:07.89.
I was Illinois' top runner in the Big Ten men's cross-country meet for three consecutive years. My streak started in 1955, when I placed third overall to help the Illini finish second as a team. The next year, I again cross the finish line third for a runner-up Illinois squad. In 1957, in my final conference race, I placed sixth.
The highlight of my career in women's track and field was earning a gold medal as part of the 400-meter relay at the 1995 World Championships. At Illinois, I was an 18-time All-American who finished second at the NCAA outdoors meet in the 100 in 1990.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Dominique Worsley made his collegiate debut a memorable one.
The high school All-American finished first in the 60-meter and 200-meter races, highlighting Illinois' indoor men's season opener at the Hoosier Open.
I'm one of the best sprinters in Illini women's track and field history. I won eight Big Ten individual and relay titles, including a sweep of the 100 and 200 at the 1998 outdoor meet in Columbus, Ohio. I was fourth indoors in the 55 at the 1997 NCAA meet.