Cross Country

Cross Country

Preliminary setback doesn't deter Davis

CHARLESTON — Jon Davis’ stomach began to hurt Tuesday night, and by Thursday’s Class 1A state track and field preliminaries, he knew his plan for this weekend’s meet had to change.

Specialization isn't stopping three-sport stars

The best female hurdler in the state of Illinois nearly didn’t hurdle.

For Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro, the indecision she felt her freshman year is almost unimaginable looking back. But during the fall of that year, she contemplated playing softball instead of running track.

Stay-at-home mom wins women's marathon

CHAMPAIGN — For Gisela Olalde Granados to resume full marathon training, the crying needed to stop.

Finally, when her baby daughter, Julie, was able to sleep through the night seven or eight months ago, the stay-at-home mom was able to sleep a full night and run punishing workouts the next day instead of simply training for 5K races.

Kenyan native wins men's marathon

CHAMPAIGN — Peter Kibet Limo had never run a race outside of Kenya, but his time of 2 hours, 15 minutes at the high-altitude Nairobi Marathon in May 2012 stuck out from the throngs of world- class Kenyan marathoners. It caught the eye of Laura Mikova, a running agent who lives in Morristown, N.J.

“I was very surprised because 2:15 is very strong,” she said.

Asmussen: Marathon today, Lovie tomorrow

Training isn’t just for marathon runners. It is important for sports writers, too.

I’ll admit to being off my game this week.

Desperate for an idea, I turned to what I know best: college football.

Friday’s 5K finished at my home away from home. I’ve spent more time at Memorial Stadium over the last 28 years than any other public building in town. Not even close.  

Kroner's many faces of all those races

Plenty of folks from near and far competed in Saturday’s events, and ex-N-G sports writer Fred Kroner was on the scene to hear their stories:

CHAMPAIGN — Runners had options when it came to dressing for Saturday’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon events.

Shorts or leggings. T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts. Caps or bandanas.

Spartans alum, trying to improve fitness, takes 5K crown

CHAMPAIGN — A year ago, 2010 St. Joseph-Ogden graduate John Thompsen lined up for a 5,000-meter race at North Central College, free of stress after telling his coach he needed to train away from his team and focus on classes.

“It took the pressure off; it took the expectations off,” said Thompsen, who studied education at North Central. “I was doing it purely for fun and enjoying it.”

Spartans alum, trying to improve fitness, takes 5K crown

CHAMPAIGN — A year ago, 2010 St. Joseph-Ogden graduate John Thompsen lined up for a 5,000-meter race at North Central College, free of stress after telling his coach he needed to train away from his team and focus on classes.

“It took the pressure off; it took the expectations off,” said Thompsen, who studied education at North Central. “I was doing it purely for fun and enjoying it.”

Franklin repeats as Illinois 5K champ

CHAMPAIGN — Jessica Franklin is used to quick turnarounds after hard runs.

Throughout the winter, the All-Area first-team cross-country runner would run 5 to 6 miles during the day. Then she’d head to basketball practice at Arthur Okaw Christian, where workouts for the Conquering Riders’ point guard doubled as her speed work.

Introducing The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Cam

News-Gazette copy editor Colin Likas introduces the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Cam, a GoPro camera which Likas will have attached to him while competing in Saturday's half-marathon.