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Illinois men’s track and field ties for 1st at Drake Relays

Illinois men’s track and field ties for 1st at Drake Relays

By Christopher Kennedy

April 27, 2014

The Illini men’s track and field team watched some of the best athletes in the world compete at the 105th Drake Relays this weekend. Besides collegiate competitors, the Drake Relays featured Olympians and world championship-caliber athletes. But the world’s best couldn’t steal the show from the Illi...

Illini head to Des Moines to compete in Drake Relays

Illini head to Des Moines to compete in Drake Relays

April 23, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa doesn’t really seem like a sports-crazed city.  It is the home to the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League, the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League, and the Cubs’ triple-A affiliate Iowa Cubs. It’s also the home to the Drake University Bulldogs and for more than 100 years, th...

Illini men’s track shakes things up in Kentucky and hit fast marks at Mt. SAC

Illini men’s track shakes things up in Kentucky and hit fast marks at Mt. SAC

By Christopher Kennedy

April 20, 2014

With one of the biggest meets of the outdoor season coming up next weekend in the Drake Relays, the Illini men’s track and field team split up this weekend to run two different meets with two different purposes. The top Illini distance runners traveled to the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut...

Illinois Twilight Invite will be Illini men’s track and field team’s 1st home meet in 4 years

By Christopher Kennedy

April 9, 2014

It’s been a while since the Illini last hosted an outdoor track meet. The Illinois Twilight Invite was last run in 2010. A few months earlier the Winter Olympics wrapped up — in Vancouver, and Peyton Manning just lost the Super Bowl to the Saints. “I get friends that ask me like ‘When’s our home meet?...

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

March 16, 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 and field gives strong showing at home meet

By Chris Kennedy

February 24, 2014

The Illinois men’s track and field team had a successful home meet Saturday at the Orange and Blue Open.  The Illini competed without several of their top athletes, who rested this weekend in preparation for the Big Ten Championships next Saturday. Aside from unattached runners, only three teams competed in...

Illini men’s track and field returns home for the Orange and Blue Open

By Chris Kennedy

February 20, 2014

The Illinois men’s track and field team returns to the Armory this weekend for the Orange and Blue Open after a series of tough meets on the road.  Last weekend, the team split, with distance runners traveling to the Iowa State Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa and the rest of the team competing at the SP...

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...

Stryganek’s 200 title leads Illini men’s track and field at Indiana Relays

By Thomas Donley

February 3, 2014

When the Illinois men’s track and field team traveled to Bloomington, Ind., for the Indiana Relays this past weekend, Brandon Stryganek viewed the 200-meter dash as just another race. Maybe that’s because it was his second time lining up against the defending Big Ten champion in as many weeks. S...

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