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.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial was cruising to a 41-0 football victory against Decatur Eisenhower last Friday when the Chargers' sideline suddenly erupted as if the Chargers had just qualified for the state championship game.
Meiko Locksley had scored.
PAXTON – Runners from Hoopeston Area and Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac were individual winners in Saturday's 36th Paxton-Buckley-Loda Invitational, but competitors from Unity did the best job of moving up as the races progressed.
Justin Jones of Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac held off fast-charging Brice Dodds of Unity in the boys' 3-mile race.
URBANA – She is the Twin City's top multisport athlete, and nowadays Urbana University High's Michelle Mehnert is using that variety to her advantage on the cross-country course.
An accomplished runner and swimmer, Mehnert captured her second straight Twin City cross-country title at Illini Meadows on Tuesday. Part of the reason she blew away the field – her teammate and runner-up Elaine Gu was 43 seconds back – was her cross training in the summer.
CHRISMAN – If Justin Jones wasn't on the radar screen before Saturday, then he ran prominently into the picture with his performance in the 26th Chrisman Cow Chip Classic cross-country race.
The Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac senior was the runner-up in the flighted race for No. 1 runners. Throughout the 3-mile race, he kept pace with Effingham St. Anthony's Matt Feldhake, the defending Class A state champion.