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.