UI roundup: Davis finishes sub four-minute mile


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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sophomore Jon Davis achieved nirvana for a mile runner.

He became the 498th American to run a mile in under four minutes, doing so in three minutes, 58.46 seconds during Saturday's Illini Classic inside the Armory.

"That's what we should be trying to do in all of our meets," Illini coach Mike Turk said of Davis' accomplishment. "I really like what happened, it was a great result. More importantly, it really energized the entire facility. People from the other teams, fans from the other teams, really got into it."

Davis, an Oakwood graduate, broke an Armory facility record that stood for 44 years and also established the top mile time in the nation.

As a team, the Illini placed second behind Lousville, as Illinois registered 139 points compared to 144 for the Cardinals.

In women's track and field

Nwoko, Choquette shine. Sophomore Chisom Nwoko and graduate student Nicole Choquette each won event titles for the Illinois women's track and field team at the Illini Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Nwoko took home top honors in the 200 meter with a personal-best performance of 24.74 seconds while Choquette crossed the line first in the 600 meter with a time of one minute, 32.61 seconds.

The Illini netted 140.5 points as the team and placed second to Louisville (152.5).

In men's gymnastics

Illini set high bar. For the second straight Saturday, Illinois won a top-10 matchup. This time, the Illini did so by establishing the top mark in the nation.

Third-ranked Illinois tallied 412.500 points to take down No. 2 Penn State in State College, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. The Nittany Lions netted 405.900 points in the loss.

The Illini collected indvidual wins from Alex Diab on floor (14.800) and still rings (14.700), Brandon Ngai on pommel horse (14.550), Jacob Light on vault (14.850) and Tyson Bull on horizontal bar (14.500).

In women's gymnastics

UI rallies for win. The Illinois women's gymnastics team used a season-best 195.750 team score to defeat Penn State on Saturday afternoon at Rec Hall in State College, Pa.

The Illini (4-1) went into the final rotation on beam trailing Penn State by a tenth of a point. Illinois posted a season-best 49.200 on beam to reclaim the lead.

In men's tennis

Chakravarthi leads way. The 16th-ranked Illinois men's tennis team began the 2018 dual match season with a 4-0 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

After splitting matches on the first two courts, the deciding match came down to the freshmen pairing of Alex Brown and Caleb Chakravarthi on court three. Down 5-2, the Illini duo won five straight games to secure the doubles point.

In singles play, Chakravarthi clinched the Illini win with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph against Michael Kay.

In women's tennis

UNC sweeps UI. The Illinois women's tennis team suffered its first defeat of the season, falling 4-0 to fifth-ranked North Carolina on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

In women's swimming

Quartet goes fast. The quartet of Michelle McCord, Kristin Anderson, Megan Vuong and Samantha Stratford got Illinois off to a fast start by finishing on the top step of the podium in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:54.79.

From there, the Illini took care of business in their home tri-meet on Saturday. Illinois won 155-88 over Youngstown State, 180-59 over Olivet Nazarene and 192-39 against Butler.