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Several Illini walk away with medals at Big Ten Championship

Several Illini walk away with medals at Big Ten Championship

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

May 18, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Junior Jonathan Wells set a new school-record (2.26 meters) in the high jump competition this past weekend when he won the event at the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Winning his second high jump title, and first outdoors, Wells is now the sixth Illini to win the gold medal at the outdoor Big Ten...

Illini seniors talk post grad plans

Illini seniors talk post grad plans

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field, Track & Field, Women's Sports

With commencement ceremonies and the Big Ten Championships just about a week away, the seniors on the Illini track and field team are entering their final weeks at Illinois. For some of the 18 graduating seniors, their career paths incorporate skills that were developed on the track team. For David Ken...

Illini finish third at Drake Relays

Illini finish third at Drake Relays

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

The Illinois men’s track and field team finished third overall in the 2018 HyVee Cup competition at the 109th Drake Relays. The Illini scored six points in three relay events, while senior David Kendziera led the team out of relay competition with a victory in the 400-meter hurdles. Scoring 18 p...

Siblings compete in season together

Siblings compete in season together

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field, Track & Field, Women's Sports

David Kendziera, a senior on the Illinois men’s track and field team, initially picked up track and cross country as a means to get himself ready for the mile-time trials in P.E. classes. It wasn’t until high school that he and Brenda, his younger sister who is sophomore on the University’s women’...

Kendziera, Wells shine in California

Kendziera, Wells shine in California

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

April 23, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

The Illinois men’s track and field team split up this weekend to showcase individual competition. Senior David Kendziera and junior Jonathan Wells both had career weekends at the Bray Clay and Beach Invitationals and the Mt. SAC Relays in California this weekend. “We thought this experience wa...

Kendziera reflects on career, prepares to race pros

Kendziera reflects on career, prepares to race pros

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Senior David Kendziera has won countless hurdle races, but this past weekend’s victory was one of his most emotional. It was senior night at the Illinois Twilight meet, and Kendziera was one of the 19 seniors who were honored by the Illinois track and field team in their last meet at home. “It ...

Illinois shows up strong at home

Illinois shows up strong at home

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Junior Devin Quinn broke his own facility record in the 100-meter dash at the Illinois Twilight Meet. His time of 10.11 is the third fastest 100-meter time in school history. Quinn’s accomplishment highlighted an overall team victory, in which the Illinois men’s track and field team won 10 event...

Haight continues to improve since walk-on season

Haight continues to improve since walk-on season

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Junior Joe Haight has come a long way since he joined the Illinois men’s track and field team as a walk-on for the 2016 outdoor season. “I think in the back of my mind, I wanted to be a part of the team,” Haight said. “The coaches originally asked me to join when I was in high school, but I did...

Kendziera, Illini men’s track prepare for outdoor season

Kendziera, Illini men’s track prepare for outdoor season

By Noah Deutsch, Contributing Writer

March 30, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

After a strong performance in their 2018 outdoor debut in Carbondale, Illinois, the Illini men’s track and field team continues to showcase great potential at the national level. The team claimed seven different titles, highlighted by senior leader and seven-time All-American David Kendziera’s domin...

Illini of the Week: Jon Davis breaks more records

Illini of the Week: Jon Davis breaks more records

By Noah Deutsch, Contributing writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Sophomore and budding track and field sensation Jon Davis wasn’t born a runner. It took until junior high that someone noticed his extraordinary ability. After trying different sports as a young kid, Davis recalled a rather unexpected conversation he had with his football coach. “Actually, my seventh-gr...

Sophomore runs sub-4 minute mile

Sophomore runs sub-4 minute mile

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

January 29, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Track & Field

Adding to the list of nearly 500 Americans to run a mile under four minutes, Jon Davis broke an Illini record record at the Illini Classic, and also claimed the event title. The time of 3:58.46 ranks the sophomore as the first in the NCAA and the first to run sub-four in the facilities’ 44 years ...

Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

By 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...

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