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Erica Kostoff, GCMS
Why: Directed GCMS to a second-place team finish in the Class 1A IHSA girls' track and field state meet thanks to scoring points in seven events. The Falcons had state champions in three of the events.
N-G Top 10: Girls' track and field
SCHOOL (previous) COMMENT
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (1) State runner-up in Class 1A
2. St. Joseph-Ogden (3) Third at state in Class 1A
3. Centennial (—) Tied for 11th at state in Class 2A
4. Sullivan/Okaw Valley (6) Tied for fourth at state in Class 1A
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This week: Boys' track and field
TEAM (previous): COMMENT
1. Monticello (5): Sectional champs third in Class 1A state
2. St. Joseph-Ogden (6): Sectional runner-up fourth in Class 1A state
3. Villa Grove (7): Sectional third-place team fifth in Class 1A state
4. Mahomet-Seymour (1): Sectional champs tied for 22nd in Class 2A state
Eight from area in Shrine game
BLOOMINGTON — The 37-player East roster for the annual Shrine all-star high school football game features eight former area athletes.
CHARLESTON — Under different circumstances, Monticello's Steve Schroeder might have been upset with himself for not breaking the Class 1A record in the 3,200-meter run at the IHSA state finals.
But on Saturday, Schroeder was all about getting wins and accumulating points for his team.
He held up his end.
CHARLESTON — Among the other athletes throwing the shot put and the discus, Ryan Pearce doesn't pass the eye test. He's about 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and usually the smallest guy competing.
Lucky for the Villa Grove junior, awards aren't handed out for size. Pearce threw the shot put 57 feet, 0.5 inch to finish second in that event and later won the discus with a heave of 166-11.
CHARLESTON — It's unclear on whom the blame should be placed, but no matter who takes the fall, Champaign Central senior Brad Wright never got the chance to compete Friday in the preliminary round of the Class 2A long jump.
CHARLESTON — So, just how did the Mahomet-Seymour 3,200-meter relay team run so fast during the preliminary round of the IHSA Class 2A state track and field meet Friday at Eastern Illinois' O'Brien Stadium?
"Run fast and turn left," the Bulldogs' John Butcher said.
CHARLESTON — When talking about the "haves" and the "have nots," Tuscola High School has an interesting assortment of runners.
The Warriors do not have one of the state's nine fastest 100- or 200-meter individual runners in Class 1A.
Coach Ryan Hornaday's team may have something better: The school has the swiftest group of 200 runners in state history.
CHARLESTON — Steve Schroeder has more than the area's — and the state's — fastest times in distance events this season.
The Monticello High School senior also has the area's quickest turnaround time.