Class 1A area qualifiers
ARCOLA — 800 relay (Luis Galvan, Zach Moutria, Corey Roberts, Hector Salinas)
ARGENTA-OREANA — Austin Wenskunas (long jump, triple jump)
ARTHUR-LOVINGTON — 1,600 relay (Caleb Schrock, Curtis Plank, Thomas Hendrickson, Tyler Schuring)
FISHER — Justin Coy (200)
GEORGETOWN-RIDGE FARM/CHRISMAN — Matt Avenatti (1,600); Wyatt Avenatti (800)
Blue Ridge, senior
Recently: Staff ace and Parkland recruit threw a perfect game — the third of her career — in a 1-0 win against Deer Creek-Mackinaw in a Class 1A regional championship game.
PBL BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
The Panthers had sectional champions in Andy Thompson (800) and Cory Long (discus) and gained a share of their first postseason team title in the sport when the 1,600 relay — anchored by Hayden Young — placed third.
MAHOMET-SEYMOUR GIRLS' SOCCER
TUSCOLA — Sophomore Broc Smith, from Tuscola, left last week's News-Gazette Honor Roll meet as the winner of the 200-meter dash. A day later, he learned his time was a meet record.
By FRED KRONER
FITHIAN — Those who know Brandon Divan know that he likes to run.
"Running is my own form of therapy," he said. "It's just you and the woods. It's so calming. It's like nothing else matters. It's my getaway.
"If I'm having a bad day, I feel like working out. It clears my mind."
CHARLESTON — Sydni Meunier, Angel Gaesser and Jordyn Nettleton deserve a hand for their tremendous feat.
The trio of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley seniors accounted for points in seven events and championships in three as the Falcons earned their first team trophy in girls' track and field Saturday with an IHSA Class 1A runner-up finish.
MONTICELLO — Smiles abounded in Monticello, and a lot of them were coming from the athletes wearing purple jerseys during the boys' sectional track and field meet Friday.
The Sages had a big night, highlighted by a few quadruple state qualifiers.
PAXTON — For two schools that couldn't recall having won a sectional crown in their boys' track and field history, it only seemed fitting that such a title would have to come the hard way for Paxton-Buckley-Loda or Tri-Valley on Friday night.
And it did — for both.
CHARLESTON — Jessica Burke knows better than anyone it's not how you start — or even when you start — it's all about the finish.
Records will show the Mahomet-Seymour senior will close her prep career today as one of the state's top nine Class 2A 300-meter hurdlers. One month ago, that wasn't even a dream.
CHARLESTON — Samone Thompson had her final auditions Friday. Saturday, the Champaign Central senior will join the cast of nine finalists in two hurdles races at the 40th IHSA Class 2A girls' state track and field championships.
She could have a tough time trying to earn the lead.