DECATUR – St. Joseph-Ogden didn't have a runner among the top 18 Saturday at the Class 1A Decatur Sectional girls' cross-country meet.
But once the first Spartan hit the finish line, a wave of teammates followed close behind.
CHAMPAIGN – Sam Cooper is an example of an athlete who represents a high school he does not attend.
Hold the phone calls.
A look at the latest area boys' cross-country rankings:
URBANA – Less than 48 hours after they had done something no Urbana girls' cross-country team had accomplished in nearly three decades, the Tigers had moved on.
If the Tigers are peaking heading into Saturday's Class 2A Decatur Sectional, they'll have to prove it again Saturday.
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DANVILLE – Matt Avenatti and Albert Anastasio showed again Saturday that cross-country races can be more than a test of endurance. It helps to have sprinter's speed, too.
URBANA – Urbana had not won a postseason team title in girls' cross-country since 1982. That changed Saturday at the University of Illinois Arboretum course. With three of the top five finishers, the Tigers captured the Class 2A Urbana Regional with 36 points. Centennial was second with 50.
Zita Hubler led Urbana, placing second in the 3-mile event in 19 minutes, 34 seconds. Meghan Houk finished third and Nicole Choquette was fifth for the Tigers.
DANVILLE – In a sport where perfection is elusive, Matt Avenatti at least achieved a high level of consistency Tuesday. The Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman sophomore posted virtually identical splits while running away from the field in the Vermilion County boys' cross-country meet.
He opened and closed with 5-minute, 42-second mile times. In between was a 5:50 split.
Eagle nominated for award
RANTOUL – Junior Brett Trefren, a two-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines for Rantoul, has been nominated for a High School Football Rudy Award.
MAHOMET – John Prillaman's words showed a maturity reflecting an understanding of the value of performance rather than a shortsighted focus on outcomes.
"We ran unbelievably well," said Prillaman, a junior at Mahomet-Seymour.
On Saturday at the Champaign County Forest Preserve, "unbelievably well" didn't translate into a championship. The state's top-ranked Class 2A boys' cross-country team, Normal U-High, swept the top seven spots and won the 3-mile Corn Belt Conference meet for the third year in a row.
DANVILLE – Matt Avenatti ran the race that his cross-country coach wanted.
"Consistency is what we're after," said Tom Kulbartz, head coach of the cooperative Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman program.