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Illinois men’s track and field looks sharp in final meet before Big Ten Outdoor Championships

Illinois' Davis Fraker winds up for the throw during the hammer throw event at the Illinois Twilight meet on April 18.

May 4, 2015

With the Big Ten Outdoor Championships less than two weeks away, little time remains for the Illinois men’s track and field team to sharpen its skills. Despite the fact that there was no team competition or silverware on the line, the Illini had yet another solid showing Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa, ...

Illinois men’s track and field hosts Illinois Twilight meet this weekend

April 16, 2015

Saturday will be the first and last outdoor meet hosted by the Illinois men’s track team this spring. The Illini host the Illinois Twilight meet Saturday in the Illinois Track and Soccer Stadium. Though the team has limited opportunities to compete at home, the team plans to take advantage of the Il...

Illinois men’s track heads to the Eastern Illinois for Big Blue Classic

April 2, 2015

The Illinois men’s track and field team heads to Charleston, Illinois, this weekend for the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Classic. Head coach Mark Turk’s team will participate Friday and Saturday in its second outdoor competition this season. The Illini throwers made the greatest impression of any group o...

Illini men’s track and field dominates in Las Vegas

By Will Small

March 30, 2015

After wrapping up a promising indoor season earlier this month, the Illinois men’s track and field team kicked off its outdoor season with a dominating performance at the UNLV Spring Invitational on March 20-21. The Illini placed first as a team at the meet, and won numerous individual events. Whi...

Illinois men’s track and field finishes 23rd at NCAA Indoor Championships

Illinois’ DJ Zahn, pictured in a meet from April 2014, was part of the 4x400 meter relay that finished with a time of 3 minutes and 6.58 seconds, the fourth-best time of the NCAA Indoor Championships over the weekend.

By Will Small

March 16, 2015

The Illinois men’s track and field team garnered five top-15 finishes and left with three first-team All-Americans at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where the Illini finished in 23rd. “Although we fell just short of our program goal of a top-20 finish, we are pleased with 23rd place as a team,”...

Illini track and field send six athletes to NCAA’s

By Will Small

March 13, 2015

This weekends NCAA Indoor Championships will feature a little more orange and blue than recent years. After a strong indoor season, the Illinois men’s track and field team qualified six athletes for five events, the most in the past five years.  Fayetteville, Ark., is the host for this weekends meet, with competition ...

Illini men’s track and field travels to Auburn for Tiger Track Classic

By Christopher Kennedy

April 4, 2014

After a strong showing on a cold, rainy weekend in Louisville last week, the Illini men’s track and field team travels to Auburn, Ala., this weekend for the Tiger Track Classic. “Every week in outdoor season we’re kind of holding our breath looking at the weather,” head coach Mike Turk said. ...

Joseph and Fraker compete for Illinois men’s track at NCAA Indoor Championships

March 17, 2014

Senior hurdler Vanier Joseph finished 10th and junior weight thrower Davis Fraker finished 15th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend. Joseph ran the final race of his indoor career at the meet and finished in 7.75 seconds, just .06 seconds away from qualifying for a sp...

Fraker and Joseph prepare for indoor national meet

By Chris Kennedy

March 14, 2014

Junior weight thrower David Fraker and senior hurdler Vanier Joseph will compete this weekend at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. While almost all of the Illini men’s track and field team is focused on preparing for the upcoming outdoor season, these two athletes have one m...

Illini head to indoor Big Tens with unfinished business

By Chris Kennedy

February 28, 2014

Last year, Brandon Stryganek left the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a conference championship in the 60 meters. This year he comes in with a target on his back. “It’s gonna be a little different for me because I’m defending my 60-meter title," Stryganek, said. “But we’ve had a target on ou...

Weight Throw: Biggest in the Big Ten

By Chris Kennedy

February 27, 2014

Davis Fraker threw 20.67 meters in the weight throw at last year’s indoor Big Ten Championships. That same distance would have been good for eighth place in the nation if he had qualified for nationals a few weeks later. That’s how deep the Big Ten is in the weight throw. “It’s unbelievable,” F...

Illini men’s track takes three events at Frank Sevinge Husker Invitational

By Nicholas Fortin

February 10, 2014

The Illinois men’s track and field team finished the Frank Sevinge Husker Invitational with three event wins and 22 top-10 finishes, its second impressive showing in as many weeks.  The Illini were able to build off a strong overall performance from last weekend at the Indiana Relays, where they re...

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