Track and Field

Track and Field

Who's that Illini?

A multi-sport star at Centennial in the mid-1990s, I played two sports at Illinois, beginning as a basketball walk-on. But I eventually became best known for my accomplishments in the throwing events for the Illini women's track and field team.

Who's that Illini?

I'm one of the best middle distance runners in UI women's track history. I twice earned All-America honors, both times indoors, once in the 800 and nce in the mile. In 1999, I established two of the top four performances in UI history in the indoor 600.

Who's that Illini?

I am one of Illinois track and field's all-time greats in the throwing events. I own the school discus record with a toss of 192 feet, 6 inches, set in 1984. That's more than 3 feet longer than the next-closest Illini. I also rank second to my brother on the all-time UI charts in the outdoor and indoor shot put. I was the Big Ten champion in the indoor shot put in 1984, extending a streak of Illini champions in the event to five in a row.

Who's that Illini?

I own Illinois' school records in the 1,500 and the 3,000 meters in women's track, establishing both in 1984. My best finish in NCAA competition was a pair of eighths.

It's your business: 2nd auction Saturday at Rockome Gardens

Going, going, still going ...

The new owners of Rockome Gardens didn't quite clear out all the old merchandise at a December auction, so they're holding another one Saturday.

Viney claims Big Ten crown

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois junior Barbie Viney won the 100-yard freestyle Saturday to earn her first Big Ten title.

The top seed, Viney edged last year's runner-up, Northwestern's Andrea Hupman, in 49.12 seconds. Earlier in the day, Viney secured a spot in the NCAA Championships with an 'A' qualifying time of 49.06 in the prelims.

Who's that Illini?

I was a three-time All-American for the women's track team. My career highlight came in 1998, when I took second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. I captured four Big Ten titles in various events, including the 1,600 relay and 400 meters.

Who's that Illini?

I am the Illini record-holder in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault. During my senior season in 1989, I cleared 18 feet, 8 inches outdoors and 18-6 indoors to break both records. My greatest collegiate success came indoors, as I won NCAA and Big Ten titles in 1988 and '89. I also placed as high as third in the NCAA outdoor meet, in 1988. I went on to a successful national and international career, highlighted by a bronze-medal performance in the 1997 World Championships.

Mensah earns Big Ten honor

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.

Who's that Illini?

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.