CHAMPAIGN — Coaches have until 5 p.m. Saturday to confirm entries for The News-Gazette Honor Roll track and field meet, which will be Monday (5 p.m. start) at the UI Track. All entries are to be handled online. The meet is using free online registration at http://athletic.net . Athletes should only be listed in the events in which they will compete.
Track athletes take next step
Area high schools have been assigned to six different sectionals this week for the first leg of the girls’ track postseason series.
In Class 1A, Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Pana are each hosting multi-school sectionals Thursday, with field events starting at 4 p.m. On Friday, St. Joseph-Ogden will be the site for an 18-school sectional, beginning at 4:30 for field events.
Most of the area’s Class 2A schools will be among the 17 competing schools in the Mattoon Sectional. Field events start at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Centennial, Central, Clinton, Mahomet-Seymour, Monticello, Rantoul and Urbana are among the schools entered. Prairie Central was assigned to the Plano Sectional, which will be Friday.
In Class 3A, Danville travels to Homewood-Flossmoor for a Thursday meet that starts at 4:30 p.m.
TUSCOLA — Senior Broc Smith shattered an Okaw Valley Conference sprint record that had stood since 1967. At least the 100-meter record-holder still belongs to the same school.
Forty-seven years after Rob Koehnemann was timed in 10.80 seconds in the Okaw Valley league meet, Smith stopped the clocks in 10.78 in Monday’s meet at Monticello. His time ties him with St. Thomas More’s Josh Parker as the area’s best to date. Smith also won the 200 meters but did not set a record. The 200 mark was also set in 1967.
Smith’s record was the only one broken at this year’s meet. Monticello high jumper Daniel Welling cleared 6 feet, 6 inches and was 1 inch from tying the 2002 meet mark. Welling is tied for second in the area in the high jump.
VanWingerden picks Wheaton
MAHOMET — All-Area soccer standout Sarah VanWingerden, from Mahomet-Seymour, will continue her playing career at Wheaton College, an NCAA Division III university. A four-year starter and three-year team captain for the Bulldogs, VanWingerden has scored 40 goals (nine of which were game-winners) and has 24 assists while helping M-S win 52 matches. M-S is the top-seeded team for the Urbana Class 2A regional, which starts Tuesday. She plans to major in pre-med.
Barnard signs with Parkland
TOLONO — Area Volleyball Player of the Year Lizzy Barnard, from Unity, signed a letter of intent Monday to play for Parkland College. Barnard had 402 kills (5.15 average) as a senior.
Kulas signs with Loras
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More’s Katie Kulas signed a letter of intent last week to continue her soccer career at Loras College. She is the second Saber from either the girls’ or boys’ programs to sign to play in soccer. Former Saber Ashley Cox signed with Parkland College. Kulas has two goals and seven assists this season. STM (8-9) opens Class 1A regional play tonight (7 o’clock) in Charleston against Uni High in a semifinal match.