Illini Earn Big Ten Titles
Sophomore sprinter Sherman Armstrong won the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles today to lead the Fighting Illini track and field teams at the 1999 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Action on the third and final day of competition was held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. during a steady rain.
Armstrong won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.24 seconds and captured the 400-meter hurdles in 51.08. He was the only men's or women's athlete from any team to win two individual titles. Armstrong also anchored Illinois' second-place 4x400-meter relay team (3:09.45) and the fourth-place finishing 4x100 relay team (41.28). All told, Armstrong help score 33 points at the meet.
Senior Bobby True won his third straight Big Ten 800 meters outdoor title today by finishing in 1:49.20. He finished ahead of freshman Jason Van Swol, who came in second at 1:49.81.
Sophomore sprinter Aleisha Latimer also had an excellent day for the Fighting Illini women's team. She finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.50 and just missed the 200-meter title, finishing second by .01 seconds with a time of 23.60. Junior Kerry Ann Richards finished second to Latimer in the 100 meters (11.55) and finished fifth overall in the 200 meters (24.57).
The Illini also won the women's 4x100-meter relay. The team of Chequetta Bearfield, Latimer, Laura Aschoff and Richards claimed the Big Ten title in a time of 44.88. Latimer also ran the third leg on UI's fourth-place finishing 4x400 team (3:45.50). All told, Latimer helped score 31 points for Gary Winckler's team.
Senior Stacy Ann Grant also finished third in the high jump (5'-7 1/4") and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.58). Bearfield, a freshman, placed seventh in the 200 (24.77) and sixth in the 100 (12.03) and ran on both placewinning relay teams.
In the team scoring, Gary Wieneke's men's team finished fourth with 77 points. Minnesota won the competition with 149.50 points. The Illini women finished fifth with 90 points, 53 behind the Purdue Boilermakers, who won with 143.
Illinois' 1999 Big Ten Champions
Men's 110-meter hurdles: Sherman Armstrong (14.24)
Men's 400-meter hurdles: Sherman Armstrong (51.08)
Men's 800 meters: Bobby True (1:49.20)
Women's 100 meters: Aleisha Latimer (11.50)
Women's 4x100 relay: Chequetta Bearfield, Aleisha Latimer, Laura Aschoff, Kerry Ann Richards (44.88)