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.
Class 1A and 2A State Girls Track and Field Finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Saturday, May 19, 2012.
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.
Class 2A and 3A State Girls Track preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Friday, May 18, 2012.
CHARLESTON — In basketball, it's called an assist.
In cheerleading, it's called providing encouragement.
In track and field, it's called giving a teammate a push in the right direction.
St. Joseph-Ogden senior Chelsea Blaase took the movement literally Thursday at the 40th Class 1A girls' track and field state meet at Eastern Illinois.