Track and Field

Track and Field

A weekly chat with Tony Bleill

This week''s guest: Shanna Pickett.

Buford-Bailey honored

Tonja Buford-Bailey, an assistant coach for Gary Winckler''s Illini women''s track and field team, was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame on Jan. 28.

A weekly chat with Tony Bleill

This week''s guest: Abe Jones.

Q and A with Eric Wallor

Junior Eric Wallor is in his first season at Illinois after transferring from Harper College. After sitting out the 2003-04 season, Wallor raced for the first time last weekend, winning the Redbird Challenge in Bloomington. The Palatine product was 11th at the NJCAA Division national meet in 2002.

She''ll be back

We asked News-Gazette staff Jeff Huth, who has covered Perdita Felicien''s track career since her arrival at Illinois in 2000, for his take on the former Illini''s stumble in Athens.

Former Illini Felicien reaches 100 hurdles finals

ATHENS, Greece  World champion Perdita Felicien and two Americans reached the final of the 100-meter hurdles Monday, an event that lost Gail Devers to injury a day earlier.

Joanna Hayes won her semifinal heat Monday night in 12.48 seconds, while U.S. teammate Melissa Morrison was second to Felicien in the other heat in 12.53. Felicien, a Canadian who attended the University of Illinois, won that heat in 12.49.

Felicien first

Former Illinois All-American and NCAA champion Perdita Felicien won the 100-meter hurdles Friday at the Meeting Gaz de France in Paris.

U.S. Olympic trials showcase many Illini

Jenny Adams of Champaign, who trains under Illini women''s track coach Gary Winckler, finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.74. Earlier Sunday, Adams ran the fourth-fastest time (12.77) in the semifinals.

Former Illini Scot Hollonbeck placed second in the men''s wheelchair 1,500-meter exhibition race, 0.38 second behind Tyler Byers of Tucson, Ariz. Hollonbeck was clocked in 3:14.93 and led a 2-3-4 UI finish. Ex-Illini Adam Bleakney was third in 3:15.20, and Illinois sophomore Josh George was next in 3:15.22.

She''s got name

When Bob Barker told an audience member to "come on down," Cathy Moe''s ears perked up.

This next contestant on television''s venerable game show "The Price is Right" had a name that instantly resonated with the mother-to-be:

UI hurdlers taking next step

They''ve already proven each belongs among the best intermediate hurdlers in the collegiate ranks.

Now Adrian Walker and Abe Reed-Jones are eager to show they''re equally in step with the hurdling elite of an entire nation.