Cross Country

Cross Country

Bulletin board: Fisher adds to Hall

FISHER — Thirteen new members were inducted into the Fisher High School Athletic Hall of Fame last Saturday.

Davis completes national goal

SAN DIEGO — Jon Davis placed 37th overall — and eighth among juniors — in Saturday’s Foot Locker national high school cross-country championship race at Balboa Park.

His 5-kilometer time was 16 minutes, 28 seconds. The Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac athlete was part of the Midwest team that placed second in the four-region event.

N-G girls' cross-country rankings: Spartans best

TEAM (PREVIOUS)    COMMENT (in 3 miles)
1. St. Joseph-Ogden (1)    Six runners timed in less than 20 minutes
2. Urbana Uni High (3)    Five runners timed in less than 20 minutes
3. Monticello (2)    Five runners timed in less than 20 minutes

Girls' Cross-Country: Meet the first team, second team, special mention

First team
NAME    SCHOOL    YR.    COACH    
Abby Fisher    St. Joseph-Ogden    Sr.    Jason Retz
Jessica Franklin    Arthur Okaw Christian    Fr.    Jason Franklin

Girls' Cross-Country Coach of the Year: SJ-O's Jason Retz

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Guided the Spartans to a regional (first since 2012), a sectional (first since 2007) and a Class 1A state title (first since 1990) in his first year as coach. SJ-O had three runners — Faith Houston, Abby Gawthorp and Abby Fisher — finish in the top 25 at the state meet, as the Spartans won their state title by 84 points.

Girls' Cross-Country Runner of the Year: Uni's Arielle Summitt

URBANA — Doug Mynatt knew what to expect from Arielle Summitt in her freshman cross-country season at Urbana Uni High. He had coached Summitt as an eighth-grader and knew she was “a special type of runner.”

Mynatt got more this fall.

N-G Top 10: Final boys' cross-country rankings — Monticello at top

TEAM (previous)     COMMENT
1. Monticello (2)    Six runners timed in less than 17 minutes
2. Mahomet-Seymour (1)    Twelve runners timed in less than 17 minutes
3. Unity (3)    Seven runners timed in less than 17 minutes

All-Area Boys' Cross-Country COY: Dave Remmert

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Directed Monticello’s boys’ program to the Class 1A state title, the first IHSA team crown in any sport in school history. The Sages won conference, regional and sectional crowns. The sectional was the second in school history and the second in his two years as coach.

All-Area Boys' Cross-Country Runner of Year: Jon Davis

FITHIAN — Jon Davis vividly remembers the first runner’s high he experienced.

It followed a mile run he completed in 6 minutes, 53 seconds.

“I thought I was on top of the world,” Davis said.

He was in second grade at the time.

The Oakwood High School athlete has improved his times dramatically since his first official race.

All-Area Boys' Cross-Country: Meet the first team, second team, special mention

First team
NAME    SCHOOL    YR.
Jon Davis    Oakwood/A-P    Jr.
Caleb Hummer    Danville    Sr.
Ashton Hyatt    Champaign Central    Jr.
Alex Keeble    Mahomet-Seymour    Jr.