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Fighting Illini News (5/18/15)

Baseball and Men's Track and Field won conference titles this weekend.

Thomas Nelshoppen of Illinois Baseball Report

Fighting Illini News

Men's Golf

Illinois Golf received their eighth straight bid to the NCAA Championships after winning the Noblesville Regional on Saturday. Senior Brian Campbell took home medalist honors after compiling a three-round total of 206 shots.

NCAA Qualifiers (Final Score)

  1. Illinois (860)
  2. SMU (860)
  3. UNLV (863)
  4. UCLA (869)
  5. Oregon (871)

Next Event: NCAA Championships (May 29)


The Baseball team extended their program-record winning streak to 26 games by defeating Nebraska twice this weekend. The series finale on Sunday was cancelled due to rain.

Illinois' win over the Cornhuskers on Friday night clinched the program's 30th Big Ten Conference Regular Season Title.

Next Event: Big Ten Tournament vs No. 8 seed Nebraska (May 20)

Men's Track and Field

Illinois won the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship for the first time since 1994 by totaling 145 points over the course of the three-day competition. Overall, the Illini had five individual champions and had 18 other athletes place winners.

Along with Men's Tennis, Men's Golf, and Baseball, this is the 4th conference championship of the Spring for Illinois Athletics.

Final Standings

  1. Illinois - 145
  2. Nebraska - 108
  3. Iowa - 81
  4. Ohio State - 78
  5. Penn State - 66
  6. Minnesota - 64
  7. Michigan State - 55
  8. Wisconsin - 54
  9. Purdue - 54
  10. Michigan - 42
  11. Rutgers - 36
  12. Indiana - 28
  13. Maryland - 6

Next Event: NCAA West Prelims (May 28)

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