Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Men's Baseball: UIS baseball earns #1 seed in GLVC Tournament

The No. 4 University of Illinois Springfield baseball team earned the top seed from the Green Division in this week's GLVC Tournament.

This is the fifth consecutive appearance, and sixth overall, for the Prairie Stars who open the double-elimination tournament Thursday against Lewis in Saint Charles, Mo. The Stars are looking for their first conference title. UIS completed the regular season Saturday with a 34-5 record, the second best winning percentage in program history. The team won all 10 weekend series this season. Sunday's game hosting Quincy was canceled due to rain.

This story aired on WICS Newschannel 20 on May 9, 2021.

Men's Track & Field: UIS’ Jones wins GLVC award

University of Illinois Springfield sophomore Blake Jones was named the Men’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after winning two events on Saturday at the GLVC Conference Championships at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.

Jones, a Lincoln High School graduate, took first place in both the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs. He finished the 1,500 in 3 minutes 48.83 seconds and won the 5,000 in 14:45.15.

This article appeared in The State Journal-Register on May 8, 2021. 

Women's Track & Field: UIS’ Christy, Ross triumph in 10,000 meters

University of Illinois Springfield junior Taryn Christy won the women’s 10,000 meters for the second straight time and freshman Cortland Ross won his first title in the same race on the men’s side at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.

Christy’s time of 34 minutes 48.34 seconds was a new school and GLVC record. She also won the race in 2019.

This article appeared in The State Journal-Register on May 7, 2021.