Alumni Competing in College

Sharon Mainor 2016
Iowa Western Community College - Current
Track & Field

Corey White 2014
Marquette University 2014

Cross Country and Track & Field

Hannah Wright 2014

Luther College 2014 - Current
Cross Country and Track & Field

Kristin Hammel 2013
Illinois State University 2014

Track and Field

Samone' Thompson 2012
University of Illinois 2013 - 2015
Track and Field
Arkansas State 2016 - Current
Track and Field

Jeremy Kruidenier 2003
University of Illinois

Track & Field

Janelle Johnson 1998
Purdue University

Track & Field

As a senior, she was awarded the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award in recognition of her academic, athletic and community service achievement.

Katie Townsend 1996
University of Florida 1997-2001

Track & Field

At the end of her college career, she was listed on the UF all-time outdoor top 10 list in the discus and hammer throw. Katie was one of only five UF women ever named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during all four years of eligibility. She was a four-year letter winner at UF.

Yvonne Oldham 1982
University of Illinois

Track & Field

She helped UI establish five school relay records, including the Big 10 record in the 400m relay (46.07 seconds) and a 500-meter dash school record. Oldham earned four varsity letters at Illinois.

Janet Ensrud 1978
St. Olaf College

Cross Country and Track & Field

3x All-American in cross country
cross country and track record holder in the 5000 meters at St. Olaf College. 

Cary Colwell 1977
University of Illinois

Parkland College
Eastern Illinois University
Track & Field

As a freshman at the University of Illinois, he lettered in track. At Parkland he set an indoor record at 6’10” and placed at the National meet, and then at Eastern Illinois he earned 2 letters in track.

Martha Shaw 1977
University of Illinois
Track & Field


Tom Kaczkowski 1973
University of Illinois

Track & Field

Before undergoing another of five knee operations as a junior in 1976, he enjoyed a spectacular sophomore season, running a leg on a foursome that won the Drake and Kansas relays. That relay team had the fastest college time in the world. He received the George Huff certificate of award for academic and athletic excellence.

 

Mark Koster 1967
University of Illinois

Track & Field

Koster arrived at UI where he started as just another face on the track team. Coach Bob Wright started Koster in the intermediate hurdles. Koster became a two-time Big 10 champion and set the school record (:50.9).

Michael Butler 1965
University of Wisconsin

Track & Field

Mike attended Wisconsin on a track scholarship where he led Badger track teams to Big 10 titles in 1967-68-69. He still holds Wisconsin records in the indoor 70-yard high hurdles (8.1 seconds) and 70-yard low hurdles (7.6 seconds), and the outdoor 110-meter highs (13.6), and 120-yard highs (13.7). He was a member of the Wisconsin 440-yard relay team, which rates as the fastest in the school's history (41.0). Butler's Big 10 records include a 7.6 clocking in the indoor 70-yard low hurdles, and an 8.1 in the indoor 70-yard highs. Butler still holds a world record 5.9 clocking in the 50-yard high hurdles. He established the mark as a member of the U.S. Track and Field Team. 

Chuck Coleman 1958
Bradley University

Track & Field

In track at Bradley, he took fourth in the discus in the 1960 Missouri Valley Conference meet. He was inducted into the Bradley Hall of Fame in 1984.

Dale Foster 1951
University of Illinois

Track & Field

He tied for first in Pole Vault at the 1954 Big Ten Championships and won the title outright in 1955 with a vault of 14-1. 

Paul Dewhirst 1922
University of Illinois

Track & Field

Numeral Winner

Sam Hill 1916
University of Illinois
Track & Field

3x letter winner
3x Big Ten Champion in Hammer Throw

Sam Hill (1916)

Sam Hill won three varsity letters in football, and one in track. In football, he was captain of the 1915 squad. A fullback, Hill was referred to as a "tower of strength" by local newspapers and was a second-team fullback on an All-State squad. When Sam carried the ball, he seldom failed to gain; when he tackled, he always brought his man down. In track, he specialized in the discus and shot put. After high school, Hill attended the University of Illinois where he won three letters in track and one in football. For the Illinois track squad, he was Big 10 champ in the hammer throw for three years.