True Sets NCAA Record at Big Tens
Illinois finishes second at Big Ten Championships - 2/21/99
Illinois senior Bobby True's (Glendale Heights, Ill.) win in the 600-meter run highlighted the Fighting Illini's second-place finish this weekend at the Big Ten men's indoor track and field championships held at Camp Randall Track in Madison, Wis. True toured the 600 meters in an NCAA-record time of 1:17.35, eclipsing a 14-year old record set by Oslen Barr of Jackson State who turned in a time of 1:17.38. Michigan State won the team title with 107 points with Illinois coming in second with 89.
The Illini crowned four additional champions in the two-day event. Freshman Jason Van Swol (Frankfurt, Ill.) earned the 800-meter run title by turning in a time of 1:51.81, sophomore Sherman Armstrong (Chicago, Ill.) won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.91, senior George McDonald-Ashford (Buena Vista, Calif.) won the 60-meter dash title with a time of 6.74 and the 4x400 relay squad of Tyrone Jones (Centralia, Ill.), Van Swol, True and Armstrong won that event with a time of 3:11.94
The next action for the Fighting Illini will be on Saturday, February 27, at the Butler Last Chance Meet in Indianapolis, Ind. The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 5-6 in Indianapolis, Ind.