Track and Field

Roundup: Parr extends streak, golfers start fast

CHAMPAIGN — One streak continued while another one ended.

With the Illini trailing Northwestern 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth and his 24-game hitting streak on the line, Justin Parr lined a single up the middle to tie the school record set by Ryan Snowden in 2007.

Ex-Illini Riley shines at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa  — Rookie Andrew Riley beat London Olympic champion Aries Merritt in the 110-meter hurdles to highlight the Drake Relays on Friday night.

Riley, the 2012 NCAA winner for Illinois at Drake Stadium, finished in 13.43 seconds and earned $25,000.

Merritt was second and got $15,000 of a $50,000 purse introduced this year for elite invitational races.

Purdue rematch on tap

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois women’s tennis team rolled past Michigan State 4-1 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

Next up for the fifth-seeded Illini on Friday: a fourth-seeded Purdue team that handed Michelle Dasso’s squad a 5-2 defeat last Sunday in their regular season finale.

Listen up, marathoners!

To finish a marathon, you need to travel 26 miles and 385 yards. For inspiration — or distraction from the inevitable pain — some runners turn to music or other types of aural entertainment.

Tate: Illini on right track

Quietly, beneath your radar, the recently dormant Illini men’s track and field team is coming to life.

Once a source of pride on campus, attracting attendance and headlines — hosting the NCAA Championships in 1977 and 1979 — these revitalized males are drawing up alongside Ashley Spencer and the UI women as a major force in the Big Ten.

Illinois Marathon: Aging gracefully

CHAMPAIGN — It’s nine days before the first official event of the fifth annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon — the Health and Fitness Expo — and Jan Seeley is sitting in her downtown Champaign office with fellow race co-director Mike Lindemann for an interview.

Saturday roundup: Softball sweeps, gymnasts fall short

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — One year ago, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team had no equal at the NCAA Championships.

On Saturday night, the defending champion Illini saw fellow Big Ten member Michigan take their place at the summit. It was more of a distant view than Illinois would have liked, as Justin Spring’s team placed sixth in the six-team finals.

UI's Spencer takes success in stride

University of Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer has continued the success she had as a freshman on the Illini's women's track squad.

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Workhorse Johnson sets innings record

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kevin Johnson will remember this win for some time.

The Illinois senior right-hander set the school’s career record for innings pitched during the Illini’s 9-2 win at Ohio State on Friday night to push Illinois’ winning streak to five games.

Johnson recorded the Big Ten victory for the Illini (24-10, 6-4) by allowing two hits in 51/3 innings.

Illini marathoner: Role model

LONDON — Tatyana McFadden’s thrill at winning her first Boston Marathon wheelchair title didn’t last long.

Shortly after leaving the Boston streets to prepare for a night of celebrations,

McFadden’s family informed her of the bombings near the finish line that killed three people and injured more than 180.

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