All Cross-country Content

All Cross-country Content

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.

Celebration on the sideline

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.

Unity runners move up; Jones, Ramos grab titles

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.

Mehnert's miles ahead at this point

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.

Oakwood/A-P senior keeps closing gap

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.