Meet the All-Area boys' track and field first team

Meet the All-Area boys' track and field first team

Riley Baker

St. Joseph-Ogden, Sr., hurdles/sprints

Why he made it: Running on his future home track at Eastern Illinois, Baker starred for the Spartans at state by placing runner-up in the Class 1A 300-meter hurdles and anchoring SJ-O's 1,600 relay to eighth place.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lil Uzi Vert. ... Before I compete, I eat anything that sounds good that isn't unhealthy. ... In my dream career, I would be a physical therapist and either a high school or college track coach. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Michael Norman. ... My favorite TV show is "How I Met Your Mother." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Steve Prefontaine, Ashton Eaton and Abraham Lincoln.

On my bucket list: Compete at the NCAA Championships, visit Dubai and create a restaurant chain.

Steven Migut

Unity, Sr., hurdles/sprints

Why he made it: Our Athlete of the Year earned a long-awaited state hurdles title by overcoming an early stumble in the Class 2A 300-meter race. He also took second in the 110 hurdles and anchored a ninth-place 400 relay unit.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Wiz Khalifa. ... Before I compete, I eat anything that's available. ... In my dream career, I would work in the corporate office for the Carolina Panthers. ... My favorite subject to study in school is physics. ... My favorite athlete is Deshaun Watson. ... My favorite TV show is "Last Chance U." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick George Washington, Vince Lombardi and Muhammad Ali.

On my bucket list: Skydiving, vacation to Hawaii and vacation to California.

Callan Whitehouse

Mahomet-Seymour, Sr., pole vault

Why he made it: Despite suffering a back injury earlier in the season, Whitehouse bested all comers in the Class 2A pole vault by clearing 16 feet and providing M-S 10 of its 40 points at the state meet.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Alan Walker. ... Before I compete, I eat beef jerky. ... In my dream career, I would be a firefighter. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Renaud Lavillenie. ... My favorite TV show is "Gilligan's Island." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Sergey Bubka, Renaud Lavillenie and Mondo Duplantis.

On my bucket list: Jump as a professional, skydiving and scuba diving.

Caine Wilson

Salt Fork, Jr., hurdles

Why he made it: After racing in four Class 1A preliminary events at state — the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and 800 and 1,600 relays — Wilson surged to third place in the long-distance hurdles.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Motley Crue. ... Before I compete, I eat grapes. ... In my dream career, I would remodel old/classic cars. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Michael Jordan. ... My favorite TV show is "The Flash." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Usain Bolt, Aries Merritt and Supe.

On my bucket list: Go mountain biking, travel the world and learn the guitar.

Logan Hall

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, Sr., distance

Why he made it: The future Illini reversed his Class 1A state results from a year prior. He took down the 1,600-meter run after notching second in it last season while also earning a runner-up display in this year's 3,200 after leading that field in 2017.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see KYGO. ... Before I compete, I eat oatmeal with fruit. ... In my dream career, I would run professionally. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Paul Chelimo. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any two people from any time period, I would pick Paul Chelimo and Colleen Quigley.

On my bucket list: Become a Big Ten champion, travel to Kenya and run a 50-miler.

Jonathan Muller

Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Sr., jumps/sprints

Why he made it: The multi-talented Panther soared to fourth place in the Class 1A long jump but was plenty busy in Charleston beyond that. He qualified for state in the 100-meter dash and through PBL's 400 and 800 relays.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to Three Days Grace. ... Before I compete, I eat lots of carbs the two days before. ... In my dream career, I would be an electrical lineman. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Walter Payton. ... My favorite TV show is "Street Outlaws." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick my grandpa, and Big Chief and Farm Truck from "Street Outlaws."

On my bucket list: Skydiving, backflip on a dirtbike and own a 1,000-horsepower car.

Mathias Powell

Mahomet-Seymour, Jr., distance

Why he made it: Powell put forth a gutsy effort in the Class 2A 3,200-meter run amid hot conditions to help the Bulldogs to second place as a group. Powell notched second in that race, finishing less than a half-second behind the winner.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lil Peep. ... Before I compete, I eat cereal and a banana. ... In my dream career, I would teach art. ... My favorite subject to study in school is art. ... My favorite athlete is Evan Jager. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Kermit the Frog, Michael Scott and Larry Bird.

On my bucket list: Driving an ambulance and going to New Zealand.

Quemarii Williams

Danville, Jr., sprints

Why he made it: Paired with senior Phillip Hall, Williams made plenty of noise in the Class 3A state meet. He led off the Vikings' 11th-place 3,200-meter relay and took ninth in the 400 dash.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see G Herbo. ... Before I compete, I eat granola bars and bananas. ... In my dream career, I would run in the Olympics or be a sports analyst. ... My favorite subjects to study in school are math and history. ... My favorite athlete is Christian Coleman. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Justin Gatlin, Jay-Z and G Herbo.

On my bucket list: Skydiving, scuba diving and run a marathon.

Hunter Woodard

Tuscola, Sr., throws

Why he made it: The future Oklahoma State football lineman capped his prep track and field career by winning the Class 1A state shot put championship and garnering seventh place in the discus.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Khalid. ... Before I compete, I eat a steak and cheese sandwich from Subway. ... In my dream career, I would be a collegiate strength and conditioning coach. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is J.J. Watt. ... My favorite TV show is "The Walking Dead." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan and Clayton Turner.

On my bucket list: Be a first-team offensive lineman at OSU, skydive and go scuba diving.

Mason Barr

Ridgeview/Lexington, Jr., hurdles/sprints

Why he made it: Barr accounted for 30 points at the Class 1A state meet as the Mustangs won a team crown. He took second in the 110 hurdles and 200 dash while accepting a leg on a winning 800 relay and a sixth-place 1,600 relay.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat pasta. ... In my dream career, I would run professionally. ... My favorite subject to study in school is physiology. ... My favorite athlete is Devon Allen. ... My favorite TV show is "Rick and Morty." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick John F. Kennedy, Steve Prefontaine and Phil Knight.

On my bucket list: Skydive and run at Eugene's Hayward Field.

Jerry Harper

Rantoul, So., sprints

Why he made it: Harper looked like anything but an underclassman in his second trip to state, wrapping up fifth place in the Class 2A 400-meter dash and running a leg of Rantoul's eighth-place 1,600 relay.

A few of my favorites: I need tickets to see a Floyd Mayweather fight. ... Before I compete, I eat a Subway sandwich. ... In my dream career, I would be running track at the Olympics. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is "Family Guy." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather and Usain Bolt.

On my bucket list: I don't really have a bucket list.

Hunter Hendershot

Mahomet-Seymour, So., throws

Why he made it: The youngster proved he'll be a serious Class 2A throwing threat for years to come after taking down the shot put championship and notching third place in the discus.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat protein bars. ... In my dream career, I would become an Olympic thrower or a firefighter. ... My favorite subject to study in school is mathematics. ... My favorite athlete is Ryan Crouser (Olympic thrower). ... My favorite TV show is "The Walking Dead." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, Danny Duncan and Walter Payton.

On my bucket list: Skydiving, travel to all 50 states and throw at the Olympics.

Austin Rauch

Clinton, Sr., jumps

Why he made it: Rauch dazzled in the Class 2A high jump by outlasting two other competitors in the clearance of 6 feet, 10 inches to win a state title, flinging himself over the bar on his third and final attempt. Rauch also made state in the long jump.

From Rauch: "I went over to those bushes (near the high jump pit), and I had a couple friends watching. I stood over there while (Marmion Academy's) Seth Groom took his last 6-10 jump. I said, 'If he misses, this opens up the door for a chance to win.' And he missed, and I guess I kind of delivered. ... I've never gone anything over 6-9, so it was just a rush, I guess."

Tate Walcott

Ridgeview/Lexington, Jr., sprints/jumps

Why he made it: Walcott played a major role in the Mustangs' team championship by winning the Class 1A long jump, taking a leg on a victorious 800 relay team and securing third position in the 200 dash.

From Walcott: "I took a picture of the (long jump) pit in prelims so I could look at it before I go to bed and picture it. So then when I went (in finals), I jumped and the first one was 23-11, and I was like, 'OK, this is going to be a good day.' ... At indoor Top Times, I was always like, '(runner-up Connor Artman) can win. I'll just take second every time.' The way I did that, I couldn't thank God more than anything."

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