Track and Field

Track and Field

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 24, 2016

With the Olympics almost here, we asked 10 who wore their country's colors to share the story that's sure to draw laughs or gasps, no matter how many times they tell it.


Centennial High alum, Team USA speedskater at '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer

Sunday Conversation: Howard Milton

A part of the Illinois athletic department since 2001, Howard Milton last week was named Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for development. He spent the previous 11 years as a development officer, helping oversee Illinois’ Renaissance project of the $169.5 million renovation of State Farm Center.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Jim Wright

Though Illini fans more familiarly associate Jim Wright with Illinois basketball, few know the longtime Urbana resident also was a two-time Big Ten pole vault champion. He contributed to the UI’s 1953 outdoor track and field team title with a winning vault of 13 feet. Then he and the team duplicated those championships the following season as well.

Tate: Big Ten TV success envy of college world

Due to a series of hopefully nonrecurring problems, the UI athletic department was splashing red ink when Josh Whitman took the reins in early March.

Tate: Whitman's good calls behind the scenes as well

Does anyone still believe the once-popular speculation that Josh Whitman, who’ll turn 38 on Aug. 5, was too young for the complex job as UI athletic director?

So far, if you’ll allow a film comparison, he’s been the administrative equivalent of Robert Redford in “The Natural.” He was born for this job.

UI roundup: Riley, Pieters going to Olympics

Former Illinois hurdler Andrew Riley and golfer Thomas Pieters will take part in the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Riley will compete as a member of the Jamaican national track and field team, while Pieters will be part of the Belgian men’s golf unit.

2016 Illinois Year in Review

Each Month's Top Moment

Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.

2016 Illinois Year in Review: Program Grades

Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.

Last year’s grade: A

Illini legends, lists and lore: John "Jack" Watson

John “Jack” Watson, born 123 years ago Monday, was the University of Illinois football team’s very first All-America center. Born and raised in DeKalb, he lettered for Coach Bob Zuppke’s first three varsity teams in 1913, ’14 and ’15.

UI roundup: Hartleb joins national baseball event

DURHAM, N.C. — Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb will be part of USA Baseball’s coaching staff and evaluators for the 2016 17U National Team Development Program.

The event is scheduled July 18-22 in Chicago.

It is the second USA Baseball assignment for Hartleb, who served on the staff of the ’14 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program.