Track and Field
Illinois sprinter Yvonne Mensah has been named Big Ten Women''s Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.
Mensah won the 60-meter hurdles at the Big Ten indoor meet last weekend at Iowa City, Iowa, setting a track record with a time of 8.32 seconds. The Surrey, British Columbia, native also placed third in the 60 and fourth in the 200.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Illinois had the right man in the right place at the right time to end the Big Ten Indoor Championships. He had the right identity, too.
The last name of Nathan Vadeboncouer, who is of Icelandic descent, translates to "go with good heart." The Illini entrusted him on the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay, and he went up against international star Mitch Potter without faltering.
CHAMPAIGN – Too much fun and not enough run.
That describes last year''s Illinois men''s track and field team, a group that had a barrel of laughs but finished eighth at the 2003 Big Ten indoor meet.
CHAMPAIGN – Yvonne Mensah received a double bonus when she signed with the Illinois women''s track team.
"The main reason I came here was to train with (recent UI graduate) Perdita Felicien," the freshman hurdler/sprinter from British Columbia said. "Perdita is a big hero in Canada."
CHAMPAIGN – Peter Knaus set a school record in the 35-pound weight throw to highlight Wayne Angel''s home debut as Illinois men''s track and field coach Saturday.
Illinois won 11 events to far outdistance runner-up Illinois State at the Illinois Open.
CHAMPAIGN – With a staff opening to fill, Gary Winckler began contacting colleagues and friends for recommendations on a replacement.
Among the calls the Illinois women''s track and field coach placed was to one of the greatest athletes he''d ever coached. Perhaps Tonja Buford-Bailey, with her years on the national and international circuit, would know of an available and worthy candidate.
Jenny Adams, a volunteer assistant coach for the Illinois women''s track and field team, placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles Sunday at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
PARIS – There''s a new world order in the women''s 100-meter hurdles, and on Wednesday, Perdita Felicien was crowned as its queen.
With three-time world champion Gail Devers an unwilling spectator after failing to make it to the finals, Illinois senior Felicien ran the race of her life to beat favored Brigitte Foster of Jamaica and claim the gold medal in the IAAF World Track and Field Championships.
Chalk up another memorable moment for Illinois hurdler Perdita Felicien.
Running in the 100-meter hurdles semifinals at the World Championships in Paris, Felicien beat American star Gail Devers, a three-time Olympic champion.