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Illini men’s track caps of indoor season disappointing at Big Ten Championship

Illinois' Cam Viney jumps over a hurdle in the Orange and Blue meet at the Armory on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

By Will Most

February 29, 2016

The entire Illinois men’s track indoor season was defined by injuries as the Illini traveled from meet to meet with no consistent team success.Athletes like Dylan Lafond, Jonathan Wells and Cam Viney regularly put together strong performances, but more often than not, the rest of the team didn’t o...

Our kind of thing: the Fighting Illini family

By Alexis Casati

November 15, 2015

Being a student-athlete is a tricky thing. It’s an emotional thing, it’s a mental thing and it’s a physical thing.And as surprising as this may sound, I haven’t found many outside of college sports that are able to do justice to just how amazing an experience it is.But balancing all of these feel...

Illini men’s track top field at EIU Big Blue Classic

Illinois’ Watkins Maurice keeps his lead against his opponents during the Men’s 400 Meter Dash event at the Orange & Blue meet at the Armory on Feb. 21. Illinois’ men’s team won 1st place out of 4.

April 6, 2015

The Illinois men’s track and field team finished first in a field of 12 at EIU Big Blue Classic over the weekend in Charleston, Illinois. After finishing the first day of competition in third place on Friday, the Illini jumped to first the next day with the help of six event titles. Freshman Jonathan...

Illinois men’s track looks to continue early season success

By Will Small

January 22, 2015

Coming off a strong performance at the Illini Classic last weekend, the Illinois men’s track and field team looks to continue the momentum at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, Kentucky, on Friday and Saturday.  “Each week we have to keep our focus and keep working hard,” head coach Mike Turk ...

Illinois women’s track prepare for the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet

By Alex Wallner

January 22, 2015

The Illinois women’s track and field team is preparing for its toughest test of the indoor season this weekend, the annual Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, Kentucky. Host school No. 6 Kentucky highlights what could be a competitive field at this year’s event. Last year, the Wildcats won the e...

Men’s track and field dominates Illini Classic

Illinois’ Brandon Stryganek runs the 100 meter dash during the Illinois Twilight Track and Field meet at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium, on April 12. The Illini won their second straight Illini Classic last Saturday.

By Will Small

January 20, 2015

Jonathan Wells tied the Illinois school record on high jump as the Illini men’s track and field team won its second straight Illini Classic on Saturday. Wells, a freshman, wasted no time etching his name in the Illinois record books, jumping a height of 2.20 meters and tying the record previously set b...

Illini women’s track and field set to put finishing touches on season

May 14, 2014

After losing several key members of last year’s team due to graduation, transfers and medical redshirts, the Illinois women’s track team battled against adversity and made the most of their season. The focus was on who’s here, not who isn’t, and thinking about what you can do to make yourself...

Illini hurdler Vanier Joseph’s dad watches over his “unfinished business”

Illinois’ Vanier Joseph races against Indiana State’s Greggmar Swift at a meet on April 12. Joseph is running for his father, who passed away a year ago while Joseph was competing in the NCAA regional. 

By Christopher Kennedy

May 8, 2014

Last May, Vanier Joseph arrived in Austin, Texas, for the NCAA West Regional poised for success. He was fresh off of a Big Ten Championship in the 110-meter hurdles, and he had come to Austin with the No. 6 seed in the event. Joseph was expected to be one of the 12 athletes to move onto the NCAA Natio...

Smith, Stryganek, Pamilton, Zahn make up strong 4×100 for Illini

Illinois' Julian Smith starts the 4x100 meter relay during the Illinois Twilight Track and Field meet at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium on April 12.

By Christopher Kennedy

May 7, 2014

Julian Smith, Brandon Stryganek, Stephon Pamilton, and DJ Zahn form one of the Illini track team’s most formidable forces: the 4x100 meter relay team. The squad currently stands at No. 7 in the country, and has been near the top of the rankings all season long. The 4x100 team is an event the program ...

Illinois men’s track and field takes third at Musco Twilight

Illinois sprinter Vanier Joseph only competed in one event over the weekend after a standout performance at the Drake Relays last weekend. The Musco Twilight was Illinois’ final regular season meet.

By Christopher Kennedy

May 5, 2014

The Illinois men’s track and field team took third at Iowa’s Musco Twilight Meet this weekend in its final competition before the Big Ten championships.  The meet also gave the No. 14 Illini a final preview of some teams they’ll see at the conference meet. They went up against fellow Big Ten fro...

After Drake Relay win, Illini head to Iowa

By Christopher Kennedy

May 1, 2014

After being crowned Hy-Vee Cup co-champions last weekend at the Drake Relays, the Illinois men’s track and field team soared to No. 14 in the national rankings, the highest position the team has ever held mid-season. Now the Illini enter the final week of the regular season and head to Iowa City f...

Illini women’s track and field prepare for Billy Hayes Invitational

May 1, 2014

The Illinois women’s track and field team will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, this weekend to compete in the Billy Hayes Invitational, the team’s last meet before Big Ten Outdoor Championships. As the season is drawing closer to its championship stage, the Orange and Blue are focused on making sur...

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