Track and Field

Track and Field

Klima finds UI home

CHAMPAIGN – This wasn't the hard-edged hazing Matt Klima had experienced just months before at the U.S. Military Academy.

It was more your standard-issue trash talk, the kind that can be found at college athletic fields and arenas across the country.

Illini track got leg up on sprinter

Jeremy Boudreau doesn't need to seek out the attention of college recruiters anymore.

Not since placing fifth in the 200 meters in the U.S. Indoor Scholastic Championship meet earlier this year. And particularly not since last Friday, when he ran the outdoor 200 in 20.9 seconds, the fastest in the nation by a prep this year.

UI women hamstrung by injuries

CHAMPAIGN – During the indoor season, Gary Winckler kept thinking he'd have his track and field team intact one of these days.

Now that the outdoor season has arrived, the University of Illinois coach is resigned to thinking it'll be one of these years. Not this one, though.

All UI women''s entrants named All-Americans

   INDIANAPOLIS  Three entrants. Three All-Americans. Ten team points.

   That''s how the numbers added up for the University of Illinois women''s track and field team as it finished in a tie for 18th place Saturday in the NCAA Indoor Championships at the RCA Dome.

UI men strut relay stuff

   INDIANAPOLIS  Running the second-fastest time in school history, the University of Illinois men''s distance medley relay team placed fifth Saturday night in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the RCA Dome.

It''s a leap year for high jumper

CHAMPAIGN – It's a scene repeated hundreds, maybe thousands of times at high schools across the country each year.

A coach spots a student in the hallway or in class who stands head and shoulders above the rest. Or, on the first day of practice, sets grateful eyes on that conspicuously tall kid trying out for the team.

UI relay changes on the fly

   CHAMPAIGN  The distance medley relay just isn''t what it used to be.

   Neither are the top times in the event entering this weekend''s NCAA Indoor Championships at Indianapolis.

Freshman leaps to Big Ten title

   CHAMPAIGN  For a while, Tisha Ponder was just happy to be on a Big Ten track team.

   The Illinois freshman from San Jose, Calif., was looking to establish herself as a long jumper and to get adjusted to indoor track and life on the college level.

   But that quickly changed for Ponder when the Illini had their first meet this season.

UI sprinter Kelley one to watch at Big Ten meet at Armory

   CHAMPAIGN  When Gary Winckler watches Benita Kelley run the shortest of sprint events, the University of Illinois women''s track and field coach sees a supremely confident athlete.

   Not true, protests Kelley.

Weight worth it for Klima in comeback

   CHAMPAIGN  A note to University of Illinois track opponents: Don''t pass Matt Klima. It only makes him angry.