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Sophomore Olivia Howell runs in the women's 1500 meter at the NCAA West Prelims in late May at College Station, Texas. Three Illini received All-America honors including Howell, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon.

Three Illini earn All-America honors at NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer June 14, 2021

The Fighting Illini, along with the entire NCAA, had to stop all events and cancel all invitationals because of the global pandemic last season, which meant some athletes were not able to compete last...

Sophomore Olivia Howell runs in the women's 1500 meter at the NCAA West Prelims in late May at College Station, Texas. Three Illini received All-America honors including Howell, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon.

Howell, Wells, Plater earn spots in NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer May 30, 2021

The weather had plans for something other than the NCAA West Prelims in College Station, Texas because the tournament activities on Friday had to be postponed due to the lightning and rain, causing multiple...

Illinois softball players celebrate Jaelyn Vickery during the game against Ohio State May 8. The team reflects on a successful season with multiple accolades amidst the pandemic.

Softball season rewind: Illinois makes strides, earns accolades in unusual season

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 30, 2021

The well-rounded Illinois softball team ended the season with a winning record, 24-20, improving upon its 11-11 campaign cut short by COVID-19 in 2020. The Illini also ended top three in the Big Ten in...

Freshman Kennedy Berschel runs through a tunnel of teammates before the game against Iowa April 8. Illinois soccer released its 2021 fall schedule featuring non-conference and of course conference games reminiscent of seasons played prior to the pandemic.

Illinois soccer releases 2021 schedule featuring non-conference opponents for first time since 2019

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor May 28, 2021

On Thursday afternoon Illinois soccer released its 2021 schedule for the upcoming fall season. Full of exhibitions, non-conference and of course conference games, it’s reminiscent of the last time Illinois...

Graduate student Jonathan Wells makes a backwards leap over the high jump on Saturday at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The Illinois track and field team hopes to keep their pace amongst other schools in preparation for the NCAA West Prelims.

Illinois looks to solidify place among top teams at NCAA West Prelims

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer May 26, 2021

It is now late May, and the NCAA West Prelims is about to end the last week of the month. Illinois has trained and competed in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Texas and Minnesota....

Sophomore Kelly Ryono prepares to bat during a game. Ryono hit her first career home run in a game against Ohio State on May 8.

Ryono gains confidence after hitting first career home run

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 24, 2021

Over the last two years of playing for the Illini, sophomore outfielder Kelly Ryono has manifested putting mind over matter. By embracing the grind and taking advantage of every moment, Ryono has expanded...

Sophomore Olivia Howell poses for a photo after winning the 1500 meter race at the Big Ten Championships. Howell has excelled during this track and field season despite COVID-19 restrictions limiting the team last year.

Howell excels in second year after COVID-19 restrictions dampen freshman season

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer May 21, 2021

For 14 months and counting, Americans had to give up normality as state governments enforced lockdowns to reduce the impact of COVID-19. Athletes had to give up the chance to play in front of fans, bond...

Robert Williams, Jason Thormo, Aman Thornton, and Kashief King stand on a podium with their 4x400 men's relay awards on Sunday at Demirjian Park. The Illinois men's and women's track and field teams set many personal records at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Illini set personal records at Big Ten Outdoor Championships

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer May 17, 2021

After this past weekend’s Big Ten Championships at Demirjian Park, the Illini now have another two-week break before touching the track again. This past weekend, Illinois hosted the Big Ten Outdoor Championships,...

The Illini softball team huddles around after their game against Purdue on April 16. The team's regular season has now come to an end.

Illinois ends regular season in Iowa, finish with 24-20 record

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 16, 2021

Illinois softball's “no-fear mentality” and perseverance took them far as they strove to overcome any obstacle in their path and finished their regular season with an overall record of 24-20. This...

The Illinois softball team meets on the mound to discuss pitching strategies against Indiana April 23. This upcoming weekend, the Illini will face Iowa in its last four-game series of the regular season.

Illinois wraps up regular-season campaign with showdown at Iowa

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 14, 2021

This upcoming weekend, Illinois will face Iowa in its last four-game series of the regular season. Both teams are going into game one with an overall record of 23-17, yet that doesn’t faze the Illini....

Junior Connor Artman leaps into the air during the long jump event at the Fighting Illini Big Ten Relays April 23. The Illinois track and field team will host the Big Ten Outdoor Championships this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Demirjian Park.

Illinois returns to Champaign for Big Ten Outdoor Championships

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer May 13, 2021

The Big Ten Outdoor Championships will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Demirjian Park in Champaign, meaning the Illini will be back at home again after also having the Big Ten Relays at home....

Senior Tristyn Nowlin completes her last first drive at the NCAA Columbus Regional meet May 12. The Illinois women's golf team placed 13th in the tournament.

Illini finish 13th at NCAA Columbus Regional

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer May 12, 2021

After marching its way into the NCAA Regional tournament each of the four last postseasons, the Illinois women’s golf has seen its season officially come to an end after placing 13th at this year’s...

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