CHARLESTON – When Debbie Bunch suggested her daughter give track and field a shot, Daniella Bunch needed an explanation.
"I'd never heard of track and field," she said.
CHARLESTON – Megan Kutz followed one highlight with another Friday during competition in the 36th annual IHSA girls' Class 1A track and field state meet.
The Monticello High School senior had the distinction of leading the first lap of the first event (3,200-meter relay) at Eastern Illinois University.
Bulldogs' Query blanked; Tigers' White pleased
CHARLESTON – Centennial's Jordan Harris missed qualifying for the shot put finals by less than an inch, but it's in the discus where she was expected to make some noise. And she did.
CHAMPAIGN – Sectional meets seem to bring out the best in high school track and field athletes.
That was the case with Centennial sprinter Michael Neal, a pair of Mahomet-Seymour shot putters and the entire Champaign Central team in Friday's Centennial Class AA meet.
TUSCOLA – The St. Joseph-Ogden and Tuscola track teams battled for nearly five hours Friday.
Unfortunately, neither team won.
MAHOMET – With the clock ticking under 2 minutes and his Centennial girls' soccer team trailing Mahomet-Seymour 1-0 in Friday's Class 2A regional final, coach Hsiung Marler might have been regretting his halftime speech.
"At halftime – people always think I'm crazy because of the things I say at halftime – but I said we've got them right where we want them," Marler said, despite that 1-0 deficit. "Because we're going to score the next goal."
CHARLESTON – For her birthday, Daniella Bunch didn't want a car, or a new cell phone.
Those gifts would have been fine, but Bunch, who turned 17 on Friday, wanted something money couldn't buy – a state record.
CHARLESTON – Cara Feeney is preparing for a strong and spirited finish.
The St. Thomas More athlete burst onto the track and field scene as a freshman in 2005, with a 5-minute, 14.1-second clocking in the 1,600 meters.
GIBSON CITY – Considering he had just won the 3,200-meter run at the Class 1A sectional to qualify for next week's state meet in Charleson, Paxton-Buckley-Loda senior Nick Brehm did not react with joy, but rather, disappointment. Even sadness.
Brehm won the race with a time of 10 minutes, 19.00 seconds and almost immediately sought out his dad, Mike, for encouraging words.
CATLIN – There's no doubting the value of the contributions from the Thomases this spring for Arcola's varsity softball team.
Sisters Taylor and Mackenzie Thomas, who play on opposite corners of the infield, are two of the Purple Riders' six .300 hitters.