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All Cross-country Content

Swick takes charge of young G-RF/C squad

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.

Illinek runners stroll into sectionals

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.

Simpson, M-S take cross-country titles

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.

Oakwood/A-P leads way

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.

SJ-O senior back on course

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.

Hoopeston legs out victory

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.

Mahaffey paces Mahomet-Seymour runners

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.

Jones, Ramos wear crowns

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.

Oakwood/A-P's Jones rethinks college plans after finish

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.

Illineks pack a punch

TUSCOLA – Urbana University High School has a long-distance project which is appropriate for its girls' cross-country team.

The runners understand there are no shortcuts to success in their sport and they literally run the path less traveled.