GEORGETOWN – For Cody Swick, this cross-country season has been all about continuing his team's reputation as a strong competitor.
The Georgetown-Ridge Farm/ Chrisman boys' squad has qualified for the sectional meet every year the co-op has existed. The streak was extended last week when the Buffaloes placed fourth at the regional to advance to the Class 1A sectional meet, which is Saturday morning at Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
DANVILLE – Alyssa Chambers had no intention of running in Saturday's Class 1A girls' regional cross-country meet at Kickapoo State Park.
So, she didn't. She walked.
URBANA – Centennial's Eric Simpson breezed to the individual title of the Class 2A Urbana Regional boys' cross-country meet, while Mahomet-Seymour fended off Kankakee Bishop McNamara for the team crown.
Simpson completed the 3-mile race in 15 minutes, 34 seconds for a 37-second margin over runner-up Jacob Mahaffey of M-S.
DANVILLE – Justin Jones let folks in on a little secret Tuesday afternoon. There's a reason he continually runs away from the competition when cross-country meets are at Kickapoo State Park.
"We practice here every day, and that's a huge advantage," said Jones, who was one of six Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac runners to place among the top 10 as the squad unseated Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman as the Vermilion County boys' championship team.
ST. JOSEPH – In running, they say it's just as important to be strong mentally as it is to be strong physically, and no one knows the reality of that better than St. Joseph-Ogden senior Hannah Hogan.
As a freshman, Hogan burst onto the cross-country scene and immediately opened eyes with her ability. She won regional and sectional championships and had a top-10 finish at state. Many thought by this time she would have at least one state championship under her belt.
DANVILLE – Hoopeston Area had no margin for error Tuesday as it tried to defend its crown in the Vermilion Valley Conference girls' cross-country meet.
Coach Rich Stipp's squad started with the minimum number of runners – five – to be scored as a team.
MAHOMET – Jacob Mahaffey was planning on a summer workout routine for cross-country that would have allowed him to run about 400 miles.
No way, said fellow Mahomet-Seymour teammate Austin Beck.
DANVILLE – Oakwood's newly named homecoming king extended his reign to the cross-country course Saturday.
Senior Justin Jones broke the school course record while running away with individual honors in the Thunder Run invitational at Kickapoo State Park.
ST. JOSEPH – Justin Jones is running with a different crowd these days.
It wasn't long ago that the Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac senior did the majority of his running on a basketball court.
CHAMPAIGN – Saturday's Ed Fredericks Charger Invitational put Champaign Central's Mamie Hobbs back on track.
Hobbs led Central to second place, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 25.29 seconds and the 100 free in 55.35.