Outdoor track season begins as weather improves

Outdoor track season begins as weather improves

With the weather cooperating, the outdoor season is underway. Finally. Here are five items you need to know about the area scene as it heats up:

CIRCLE THE CALENDAR

Gene Armer Track at Urbana High School will host the 37th annual News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet for the fourth straight year on May 14. Field events start at 5 p.m., with running events at 6 p.m. “I believe the best of the best in the area truly enjoy competing at our athletic complex,” Urbana athletic director Steve Waller said. “The atmosphere is electric.”

BACK FOR MORE

No need for the Illinois track and field teams to travel this weekend. For the first — and only time — this outdoor season, the Illini will compete in Champaign at the Illinois Twilight Meet today. The meet starts at 3 p.m. with the women’s discus and the men’s javelin, before the final running event, the 1,500, is slated to go off at 8:55 p.m.

RARIN’ TO GO

Demirjian Park Stadium opens in 2021 on the UI campus. Making today’s senior day festivities at the UI track all the more special, according to Illinois coach Mike Turk. “Like those that fondly remember competing inside Memorial Stadium 30 years ago,” he said, “these seniors will be the ones to remember the ‘old track,’ and the great memories.”

SENIOR MOMENTS

Urbana native Nicole Choquette and Fisher graduate Miranda Marry are two of the 19 Illini seniors that will be recognized at 3:30 p.m. today at the UI track for their contributions to the program. “This one is special,” Turk said. “We have an amazing group of seniors that have had incredible journeys and accomplished so much here.”

SECTIONAL GREETINGS

Rantoul will host a 16-team Class 2A boys’ sectional on May 17, while Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (May 17) and St. Joseph-Ogden (May 18) do the same in 1A. On the girls’ side, Danville (3A, May 10), Monticello (2A, May 10), Paxton-Buckley-Loda (1A, May 10), Sullivan (1A, May 10) and Salt Fork (1A, May 11) will all play hosts to local teams.

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