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NCAA board approves postponement of fall championships to spring

Then seniors Ashlyn Fleming and Jacqueline Quade attempt to block the ball during the game against the Pacific Tigers on Sept. 20, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved the postponement of fall sports championships to the spring, with the exclusion of football, on Tuesday. The postponement was originally recommended by the NCAA Division I Council last month after several Division 1 conferences halted their fall sports season...

Cross country, track and field teams deal with postponed competition, possible season overlap

Women’s cross country and track head coach Sarah Haveman claps at a cross country meet,

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

September 15, 2020

As the Big Ten sports world continues to reel from the conference’s decision to postpone fall athletics in August, many coaches and players are dealing with the logistical issues raised by playing fall sports in the spring, such as cross country and track and field. Although cross country is a fall...

Illini sports continue practice following postponement of season

Redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams throws the ball during a drill at football practice on Aug. 7.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

August 25, 2020

Huff Hall, Demirjian Park and Memorial Stadium are going to be empty this fall. The Illini won’t be competing against other Big Ten schools after the conference announced the cancellation of all fall sports Aug. 11. The Pac-12 conference followed suit later that day, and the remaining “Power 5...

Fall sports lose traction throughout season, some exceptions

Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters rolls to the right and looks for an open receiver during Illinois' game at Iowa Saturday. The Hawkeyes beat the Illini 19-10, snapping their four-game win streak. Captured at Kinnick Stadium on 23 Nov. 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

December 12, 2019

This fall, Illinois experienced memorable victories and tragic losses at nearly every turn. Some Illini teams saw serious growth in the latter part of 2019, while others fell victim to expectation-shattering campaigns. Despite what record books and scoreboards may suggest, the Illini were full of surpr...

Haveman named USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year

Women’s cross country and track head coach Sarah Haveman was named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year. Haveman is the second Illinois coach to receive the award.

By Savaughn Anderson, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

In November, Illinois head cross country coach Sarah Haveman was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year. Haveman is the second coach in the history of the Illinois women’s program to win the award, joining former coach Karen H...

Illini place ninth at NCAA Midwest Regional

Illini place ninth at NCAA Midwest Regional

By Renato Arteaga, Contributing Writer

November 23, 2019

The Illinois men’s cross country team’s season has come to an end after six meets in 2019. The Illini's last competition was at the NCAA Midwest Regional playoff meet on Nov. 15, where they placed ninth overall, but it wasn't enough to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The men’s team was...

Men’s team places ninth at NCAA Midwest Regional Championship

By Renato Arteaga, Contributing Writer

November 17, 2019

The men's cross country team placed ninth at the 2019 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship meet with a score of 270 Friday. Illinois faced off against 31 teams at this meet for a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The top-two teams from each of the nine regions will automatically be elig...

Illinois women’s cross country wins NCAA Midwest Regionals

The women’s cross country team poses together after winning the NCAA Midwest Regional at Stillwater, Oklahoma on Friday. The team hasn’t won the NCAA Regional since 2006 or participated since 2009.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

November 16, 2019

Illinois women’s cross country won the NCAA Midwest Regional meet Friday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and is heading to the NCAA National meet. The Illini last won the NCAA Regional in 2006 and have been absent from the NCAA championship meet since 2009. The title wasn’t the only hardware the Illini br...

Dale posts career-best finish at Big Ten Championships

Zach Dale runs at the UI arboretum for the Illini Open on Aug. 30.

By Renato Arteaga, Contributing Writer

November 15, 2019

In what was one of the last cross country meets of his collegiate career, redshirt senior Zach Dale posted career-best finish at the Big Ten Championships, where he placed 24th. After his senior year of high school from James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Dale committed to the...

Illini hope to build off momentum gained at Big Ten Championships

Rebecca Craddock runs at the Illini Open at the UI Arboretum on Aug. 30.

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

November 13, 2019

The Illinois men’s and women’s cross country team will look to build off the momentum generated from the Big Ten Championships at the NCAA Regionals this Friday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The men’s cross country team is coming off a ninth-place finish as a team with a score of 219 at the Big Ten ...

Washington rises from ashes

Freshman wide receiver Casey Washington celebrates a first down during Illinois’ game against Michigan on Oct. 12. Washington was a key contributor in Illinois’ upset over No. 6-ranked Wisconsin Saturday.

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

Losing starting wide receiver Ricky Smalling midway through Saturday’s game was a tough blow for Illinois, but the injury allowed the precocious freshman Casey Washington an opportunity to play meaningful reps in a big-time game, as Illinois went on to pull off a stunning 24-23 upset over undefeated, N...

Illinois looks ahead to Bradley Pink Classic

The Illini men’s cross country team leads the pack during the Illini Open at the University Arboretum on Aug. 30. Illinois will head to Peoria, Illinois, to compete in the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday.

By Savaughn Anderson, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2019

The Illinois men’s cross country team will be traveling to Peoria, Illinois, for the Bradley Pink Classic hosted by Bradley on Friday at the Newman Golf Course. With this year’s meet being an open invite to all Division I, II and III teams, Illinois looks to improve its fall season after placing...

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