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Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 8, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Illinois men's track has a young team, but to some, that is the biggest appeal of the team. Head coach Mike Turk said that having young guys means more room for growth and improvement on an already successful team. Coming off of last season's Big Ten championship, the Illini had to live up to...

Men’s track takes second place at Redbird Invite, prepares to head west

Men’s track takes second place at Redbird Invite, prepares to head west

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

The Illinois men's track team took second place over the weekend at the Redbird Invitational, finishing with 156 points. The Illini were 30 points behind hosts Illinois State and 23 ahead of third-place Eastern Illinois. Illinois emerged as winners in nine individual events, with four coming in...

Illinois spring break sports briefs

Illinois spring break sports briefs

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
March 27, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling

Although the Illinois men's and women's basketball teams made news over spring break, other Illini sports competed during the break. Here is a rundown of some of the headlines Illini athletes made last week. Martinez loses title to Penn State in NCAA championship Junior Isaiah Martinez fell to...

Illini of the week March 2: Jonathan Wells

Illini of the week March 2: Jonathan Wells

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
March 2, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

High-jumper Jonathan Wells approached his first bar at last week’s Big Ten Championship like he normally does. The sophomore put his left leg in front of his right, swayed his body back and forth three times and then accelerated to attempt clearing the 2.03-meter bar. He didn’t make it, much to the surpr...

Wells wins high jump title

Wells wins high jump title

Daily Illini sports staff
February 27, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

This past weekend, the Illinois men’s track and field team competed in the Big Ten Championships in Geneva, Ohio. As a team, the Illini did not fare too well — taking ninth place out of the 12 teams competing. But, there was one bright spot for the Illini. Jonathan Wells took first place overall...

Illinois men’s track wins five event titles to secure Illini Classic

Illinois men’s track wins five event titles to secure Illini Classic

Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor
January 17, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Propelled by five individual titles, the Illinois men’s track and field team won the annual Illini Classic. Event titles were won by David Kendziera (60m hurdles), Devin Quinn (60m), Josh Eiker (200m), Jonathan Wells (high jump) and a win by the 4x400m relay team. Head coach Michael Turk was...

Illinois to combine track and field and cross-country programs

Illinois to combine track and field and cross-country programs

The Daily Illini sports staff
November 28, 2016
Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Track & Field, Track & Field, Uncategorized, Women's Sports

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman in a press release announced that the Illinois men's and women's cross-country and indoor and outdoor track teams will be combined under one coaching staff. The decision will take effect following the completion of the 2017 outdoor track and field season. Before...

Illini men’s track face harsher weather at Indiana Gibson State Invitational

Will Most, Staff writer
April 6, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Last weekend, Illini men’s track competed in sunny California. This weekend, they will face a new challenge with harsh cold and possible snow in Terra Haute, Indiana. While the cold bothers the average Illinois student, it presents a much larger issue for Illinois head coach Mike Turk and his ...

Meet your new Illinois athletic director: Josh Whitman

Michal Dwojak, Staff writer
February 18, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Golf, Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Swim & Dive, Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Now that the University of Illinois has announced that Josh Whitman will be the school’s next athletic director, it’s a good time to learn who the new leader of Illinois athletics is. Whitman’s ties to Illinois started in 1997 when he first lined up at tight end for Ron Turner. He finish...