Track and Field

Track and Field

Hanshaw, Hoerr handle conditions

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois pole vaulter Ashley Hanshaw wasn't going to let the weather get her down Friday at the Big Ten Championship meet.

Hanshaw overcame the wind and rain at Michigan State's campus to finish second in the event, clearing 11 feet, 11 inches.

Building, renovation projects OK'd by UI board

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday advanced several building and renovation projects.

In addition to official approval of the $116 million Memorial Stadium project, trustees reviewed designs for student residence and dining halls and awarded construction bids to relocate the poultry research buildings and to remodel Everitt Laboratory.

Stay the course

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth offers three storylines to watch as the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships unfold Friday through Sunday at East Lansing, Mich.

Hurdler Jones in elite field

CHAMPAIGN – Coincidence or not, Big Ten titles come in pairs for Illinois' greatest 400-meter hurdlers.

From Mark Koster (1970-71) to Ben Beyers (1994-95) to Sherman Armstrong (1999-2000), Illini conference champions in the event don't stop at one crown.

Who's that Illini?

A six-time Big Ten champion, I earned five All-America honors, all in the shot put in the late 1990s. My best NCAA finish came in '96, when I finished sixth outdoors and sixth indoors. I own both school records.

Tate: Road rules have taken track away from fans

CHAMPAIGN – Dominique Worsley, an Illini freshman from New Hampshire, must be an outstanding sprinter.

He inaugurated his collegiate career by winning the 60- and 200-meter dashes Jan. 7 in the Hoosier Open. He took second in those events in the Big Ten Indoor, as coach Wayne Angel's improved Illini missed second place by a point. And most recently Worsley was named Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Week after capturing the 100 and 200 in Waco, Texas.

Q and A with Eric DiSilvestro

Illinois senior pole vaulter Eric DiSilvestro has qualified for NCAA regional competition with a personal-best of 17 feet, 1 inch (5.21 meters), achieved in January at the Carle Health Alliance Classic at the Illinois Armory. A Palatine native, DiSilvestro was fifth at the Big Ten outdoors a year ago and placed second this winter at the conference indoor meet.

Q: How did you get started in the pole vault?

Big Ten weekly award to Worsley

PARK RIDGE – Illinois sprinter Dominique Worsley, who won two events at the Michael Johnson Classic last weekend in Waco, Texas, was named Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Week in men's track and field on Tuesday.

Who's that Illini?

I won seven Big Ten women's track and field titles between 1995 and 1998. My best individual events were the 100 and the 200. My best time in the 100, 11.28, was good enough to share the school record with Benita Kelley.

Coaching an ongoing process for Williams

CHAMPAIGN – Willie Williams has been a fixture at University of Illinois track meets for most of the last half century.

He was in the stands at the Illinois Invitational on Saturday in his role as a volunteer assistant. He returned to coaching last fall after retiring in 2000 after 18 years as an Illini assistant in charge of sprinters and hurdlers. He's been a part of the Illini track program since arriving as a freshman in 1950 except for 23 years as a high school coach in his hometown of Gary, Ind.