Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Gary Ford
Gary Ford


Dolton, Ill.

High School:
Thornridge HS


I/O Eligibility:


4x400 Highlights LSU Alumni Gold Meet

400m runners shine on Saturday


Illini Ready for LSU & Mt. SAC Relays

Majority to Baton Rouge, select squad to California


Illini Win Lee Calhoun Invitational

One Illini sets meet record; two tie


Illini Set for Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational

Orange and Blue will travel to Macomb, Ill., for meet


Illini Win Bill Cornell Spring Classic

The squad scored 161 team points; five titles


Illini Classic 1/19/13

Photos from Illini Classic at UI Armory


2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship in the 110m hurdles, setting a career-best time of 14.08 in the prelims ... Competed in the Big Ten Championships in the 110m hurdles ... Set a career-best long jump mark of 22-10 1/2 (6.97m) at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge ... Also competed in the 400m hurdles and was part of the 4x400m relay.

Indoor: Participated in the long jump and 60m hurdles ... Competed in the Big Ten Championships in the long jump and placed 20th with a personal best jump of 22-07 1/4 (6.89m) ... Took fourth in both the Mark Colligan Memorial and Orange and Blue Open in the 60m hurdles with times of 8.28 and 8.19, respectively ... Ran his season best in the 60m hurdles at the Orange and Blue Open ... Competed in six meets.

High School
State champion of the 110m hurdles and second in the state in the 300m hurdles as a senior... Finished fourth in the state in high jump as a sophomore... Earned All-State football honors, breaking every wide receiver record at his school... Named All-Conference three times in football and All-Area once.

Parents are Glenn and Aliece Ford... Has a brother named Glenn, and a sister named Victoria... Major is recreation sport and tourism ... Hobbies include playing football and hanging out with friends... Aspires to run for the USA track team and become and Olympic gold medalist.

Ford's Personal Bests
110m H: 14:08 - Tom Botts Invitational (4/14/12)
400m H: 56.42 - John McDonnell Invitational (4/21/12)
Long Jump: 22-10 1/2 (6.97m) - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/23/12)

Long Jump: 22-7 ¼ (6.89m) - Big Ten Championships (2/25/12)
60m H: 8.19 - Orange and Blue Open (2/4/12)

Updated July 2012