Get to know the N-G all-area girls' track and field first team

Get to know the N-G all-area girls' track and field first team

Rachyl Anderson

Salt Fork, Sr.

Why she made it: The latest in a long line of Storm throwing sensations, the incoming Southern Illinois-Edwardsville athlete won a Class 1A sectional discus title before placing third at state.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see 21 Savage. ... Before I compete, I eat hot dogs. ... In my dream career, I would be on a reality TV show ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Stephen Curry. ... My favorite TV show is "Gossip Girl." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Blake Lively, 21 Savage and Paul Walker.

Three items on my bucket list: Go to Hawaii, go to Paris and see the Northern Lights.

Delanie Dykes

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, Jr.

Why she made it: Dykes produced all of the Falcons' points in the Class 1A state meet, garnering a third-place finish in the 800-meter run and a fourth-place display in the 400 dash.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see J Cole. ... Before I compete, I eat oatmeal for breakfast. ... In my dream career, I would help others out. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Sydney McLaughlin. ... My favorite TV show is "Parks and Recreation." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln and Michael Jackson.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydiving, swim with sharks and go to Africa.

Jessica Franklin

Mahomet-Seymour, Sr.

Why she made it: Franklin took down the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles crown while also competing in two other events at state.

A few of my favorites: Before I compete, I eat fruits and veggies about two hours beforehand. ... In my dream career, I would be a wedding dress designer or physical therapist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is Eric Liddell. ... My favorite TV show is "The Andy Griffith Show." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick my great-grandpa Franklin, great-grandpa Gritton and great-grandpa Patton.

Three items on my bucket list: Graduate from college, start a family and become a coach.

Atleigh Hamilton

St. Joseph-Ogden, Fr.

Why she made it: Our Athlete of the Year won the Class 1A long jump and anchored a trio of relays, including the Spartans' state-champion 800 unit, helping SJ-O win a 1A team title.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Taylor Swift. ... Before I compete, I eat crackers and fruit. ... In my dream career, I would be a professional singer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Steph Curry. ... My favorite TV show is "This Is Us." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jesse Owens, Sam Hunt and Jesus.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydiving, white-water rafting and go to the Maldives.

Laura Krasa

Judah Christian, Sr.

Why she made it: About a month removed from placing first among women in the OSF Healthcare 5K at the Illinois Marathon, Krasa cruised to the Class 1A 3,200-meter run title ahead of her upcoming tenure as an Illinois runner.

A few of my favorites: Before I compete, I eat bread with jam. ... In my dream career, I would be a veterinarian. ... My favorite subject to study in school is animal science, which is what my major is for college. ... My favorite athlete is Jennifer Wenth. ... If I could have dinner with anyone from any time period, I would pick my family.

Lucy Lux-Rulon

St. Thomas More, Sr.

Why she made it: The future Illini led STM with a runner-up effort in the Class 1A long jump while also taking fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Florida Georgia Line. ... Before I compete, I eat granola/protein bars, deli meat, cheese and crackers. ... In my dream career, I would make a difference in a community by buying, selling and fixing homes. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is Inika McPherson. ... My favorite TV show is "Fixer Upper." ... If I could have dinner with any two people from any time period, I would pick Jesus and Inika McPherson.

Three items on my bucket list: Take a vacation out of the country, go scuba diving and live in the country when I'm older.

Zea Maroon

St. Joseph-Ogden, Sr.

Why she made it: A key presence on SJ-O's 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays, Maroon's veteran leadership keyed the Spartans to second and third place in those events, respectively, at the Class 1A state meet.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Ed Sheeran. ... Before I compete, I eat trail mix and a Cutie. ... In my dream career, I would be a U.S. diplomat to Kenya. ... My favorite subjects to study in school are civics and economics. ... My favorite athlete is Faith Houston. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Mother Teresa, Jesus and Jason Retz.

Three items on my bucket list: Go skydiving, live in a foreign country and visit Israel.

Emelia Ness

Monticello, So.

Why she made it: The underclassman put forth an explosive effort in the Class 2A state finals, as she placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles while helping the Sages' 400 relay to seventh position.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat a protein bar and a banana protein shake. ... In my dream career, I would be a professional runner. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Allyson Felix. ... My favorite TV show is "Riverdale." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Allyson Felix, Lolo Jones and Addison Russell.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydive, go to Europe and run on the University of Oregon track.

Kenli Nettles

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, So.

Why she made it: Nettles produced all 26 of the Knights' Class 1A state finals points. She placed second in the high jump, 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles and eighth in the triple jump.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat nothing, but I drink a lot of water. ... In my dream career, I would play with dogs all day. ... My favorite subject to study in school is anything science, but mostly biology. ... My favorite athlete is Vashti Cunningham. ... My favorite TV show is "Friends." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford and Vashti Cunningham.

Three items on my bucket list: Travel to all 50 states, skydive and make it to the Olympics.

Alayna Stalter

Fisher, Sr.

Why she made it: The future Murray State hurdler again qualified for state in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Stalter earned fourth in the Class 1A 100-hurdles.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Jason Derulo. ... Before I compete, I eat eggs, sausage and toast with peanut butter. Also chocolate milk — can't forget that! ... In my dream career, I would be a vet. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science/animal biology. ... My favorite athlete is Allyson Felix. ... My favorite TV show is "Big Brother." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Brianna Rollins, Allyson Felix and Aries Merritt.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydiving, visit everywhere and start a not-for-profit charity.

Arielle Summitt

Uni High, Sr.

Why she made it: Among the most dominant local distance runners in recent history, Summitt capped her prep career by winning her third straight Class 1A 800-meter run championship and narrowly placing second in the 1,600.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Beyonce. ... Before I compete, I eat a bagel with peanut butter. ... In my dream career, I would run professionally and be a doctor. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is there are too many I admire. ... My favorite TV show is "Cutthroat Kitchen." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Zendaya, Barack Obama and Aisha Praught-Leer.

Three items on my bucket list: Race at an international meet, learn how to surf and be able to do a backflip.

Diamonasia Taylor

Urbana, So.

Why she made it: A key cog in the Tigers' third-place team showing among Class 2A schools at state, Taylor repeated as the high jump champion while running the anchor leg of the Tigers' fourth-place 800-meter relay unit.

From Taylor, after her state high jump victory: "This was my best year since eighth grade. It's been so fun with (Urbana senior and fourth-place finisher Shaniya Howard). She pushed me to go harder. I loved this year. It was very fun."

From Urbana coach Leslie Edmondson: "She just thinks of herself as an average person who high jumps. She has zero ego. She doesn't have a cocky bone in her body and has no arrogance. She has no awareness that jumping 5-foot-10 as a sophomore is only done by super-elite athletes. Her lack of awareness makes her an even better athlete than most."

Aliyah Welter

Monticello, Sr.

Why she made it: The future Louisville athlete soared once more in the pole vault, notching second place in Class 2A in addition to taking ninth in the 300-meter hurdles and running a leg of Monticello's seventh-place 400 relay.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Tupac, so I can take my dad. ... Before I compete, I eat a protein bar. ... In my dream career, I would be a track or gymnastics coach at the collegiate level. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Simone Biles. ... My favorite TV show is "Impractical Jokers." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jesus, Yelena Isinbayeva and Gru from "Despicable Me."

Three items on my bucket list: Throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game, go skydiving and be on "American Ninja Warrior."

Ameia Wilson

Danville, Jr.

Why she made it: The area's leading big-school athlete, Wilson netted a trio of top-three showings in the Class 3A finals — second place in the 200-meter dash and third place in both the 100 dash and long jump.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Queen. ... Before I compete, I eat pasta. ... In my dream career, I would be an ophthalmologist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is B.J. Luke. ... My favorite TV show is "The Walking Dead." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick George Washington, Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln.

Three items on my bucket list: Parachuting, waterskiing and riding a motorcycle.