Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini breaks record

DES MOINES, Iowa – The finals in the 100-meter hurdles aren't until today, but Perdita Felicien had reason to celebrate at Friday's Drake Relays.

The Illinois sophomore broke a meet record with a qualifying run of 12.92 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.

Coming to America no big hurdle for Swedish twins

CHAMPAIGN – The Swedish media apparently isn't shy about dipping deep into its pockets.

At least when it comes to covering the overseas exploits of two of the country's brightest track and field prospects.

UI's Felicien takes second

Illinois freshman Perdita Felicien finished second Friday night in the 60-meter hurdles finals at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Illini hurdler hopes to make short work of foes

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois hurdler Perdita Felicien traveled more than 500 miles for a race 60 meters long.

Three hours on a plane for eight seconds on a track.

Felicien hopes it's less than that.

Felicien runs away with Big Ten award

Illinois' Perdita Felicien, a hurdler and sprinter, was named the Big Ten Women's Track and Field Indoor Freshman of the Year, the league announced Thursday.

Van Swol, Ridley race to titles

Illinois junior Jason Van Swol made history in the 800 meters Sunday, and senior Babatunde Ridley made it a clean sweep in the 60 at the Big Ten men's track and field championships at State College, Pa.

Van Swol became the first athlete to win three straight Big Ten indoor 800 titles, setting a personal best and a league record of 1 minute, 48.76 seconds and topping Michigan State's Andy Lixey by 0.39 second.

UI runner Felicien honored

UI redshirt freshman Perdita Felicien was named the Big Ten Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.

Hurdlers Armstrong, Felicien ready to fly for Illini

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois men's track and field coach Gary Wieneke's list of accomplishments is longer than the Boston Marathon.

He's won five outdoor and six indoor Big Ten titles. He's coached dozens of All-Americans, five NCAA champions and three Olympians. He's in the Illinois Track and Field Hall of Fame. So what's his secret?

Ex-Illini Koers comes up just short

   SYDNEY, Australia  For four years, Marko Koers has sought to recapture the form he had at Illinois, where he achieved a delicate balance of speed for 800 meters and strength for 1,500.

   He glimpsed enough of the past today to be more optimistic about his future in track and field.

Gary Winckler''s Olympic diary

   Gary Winckler, head womens track and field coach at Illinois, is in Australia working with some current and former Illini. Hell check in periodically with sights and sounds from the Summer Olympics. Todays report: