Track and Field
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois softball team jumped all over Bradley on Wednesday with six runs in the first two innings as the Illini won 7-1 at Eichelberger Field.
Annie Fleming went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI to pace Illinois’ (19-8) offense, while Breanna Wonderly picked up the win in the circle by allowing just one run in five innings of work.
ST. LOUIS — Isaiah Martinez wrestled the 100th match of his career Saturday night at Scottrade Center, donning his orange singlet reserved solely for national championships against Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph in the 165-pound title match.
CHAMPAIGN — Jack Yalowitz struck a three-run homer and drove in the first of four sixth-inning runs for Illinois baseball Friday, lifting the host team to an 11-5 win over Toledo.
The Illini (5-9) led 5-4 when Yalowitz notched an RBI double in the sixth inning, the first of three run-scoring hits in the frame for Illinois.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — David Kendziera placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and Jonathan Wells broke his own Illinois school record in the heptathlon, as both Illini earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA indoor track and field championships on Saturday.
Kendizera posted a time of 7.73 seconds in the hurdles finals, while Wells tallied 5,786 points.
CONWAY, S.C. — The Illinois baseball team scored two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to come from behind and beat defending national champion Coastal Carolina 7-6 on Friday.
In his final home appearance, 44 years ago Sunday — March 5, 1973 — star forward Nick Weatherspoon became Illinois basketball’s then-all-time scoring leader. After the Illini’s 77-76 win versus Northwestern, previous UI scoring champ Dave Scholz presented the record-setting ball to “The Spoon.” Weatherspoon played one final game five days later, scoring 17 additional points against Iowa.
One of the most underrated athletes in University of Illinois history, Scott Turner celebrates his 45th birthday today. The standout from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, lettered from 1991-94, first as a receiver, then as a defensive back. As a starting cornerback his senior season, No. 21 compiled 48 tackles for the ’94 Liberty Bowl champs.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Illinois baseball team went up 15-9 going into the bottom of the eighth and hung on for a 15-14 win Friday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Pat McInerney (2 for 4) had five RBI to lead the Illini (2-3).
In men’s track and field
First, the obvious point: Picking the initial class for UI Athletics Hall of Fame is borderline impossible. Or, at least, very tricky.
How do you differentiate between eras? Do you pick based on what they did in college or after they left Illinois? Is a national title worth more than a gold medal?
We now look back on nearly two years since Illini athletics pulled off a remarkable accomplishment.
All four of the men’s spring sports won Big Ten championships in 2015.