Cross Country

Cross Country

Fisher's Chittick is going the distance — all the way to the Boston Marathon

FISHER — The path to Lucas Chittick's impending involvement in Monday's 123rd Boston Marathon is unorthodox, to say the least.

That Chittick is competing at all is fairly unique.

The Fisher senior is just 18 years old — the absolute minimum to line up for one of the world's premier 26.2-mile races. Only 26 individuals of the same age finished the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Outgoing LOVC members name new conference

Fifteen members of the present-day Little Okaw Valley Conference now have a new banner under which they’ll compete moving forward.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, these institutions will be part of the Lincoln Prairie Conference. League president Matthew Shoaff, Okaw Valley’s principal, announced the title through a Tuesday press release.

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2018-19 school year

Below is All-Area content from the 2018-19 high school sports season, put together by members of The News-Gazette staff. Spring sports packages will be available by, at the latest, early July.

Prep pulse: Dec. 24, 2018

Overshadowed by recent news of IHSA football going to a district scheduling format was a report just a short time earlier that affects many other high school sports.

Last Monday, the IHSA released enrollment classifications for fall sports during the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 school years. This is the first piece of the IHSA's new two-year classification format.

A Life Remembered | 'She was a light in this community and she stood for strength'

ST. JOSEPH — Through the good times and the trying ones, Murelle Plotner remained the same spunky kid who could brighten your day no matter how hers was going.

"There are always people in your life that when you think of them, you smile," said Terri Rein, one of her high school cross-country coaches at St. Joseph-Ogden. "That is Murelle."

2018 All-Area boys' cross-country Coach of the Year: Dave Remmert

2018 All-Area boys' cross-country Coach of the Year: Monticello's Dave Remmert

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Remmert oversaw the Sages’ third state trophy in the last six years, as Garrett Dixon’s runner-up display pushed Monticello to third as a Class 1A team. The Sages also won a team sectional championship.

Mathias Powell didn't love running at first. Now? He can't live without it.

MAHOMET — The date: Dec. 3, 2016.

The location: Portland, Ore.

The moment: Nike Cross Nationals.

This was the final cross-country meet of Mathias Powell's sophomore season.

His time of 17 minutes, 16.2 seconds helped Mahomet-Seymour to 17th place of 22 male teams in the prestigious event.

2018 N-G All-Area boys' cross-country | Full list



Garrett Dixon Sr. Monticello

Ryder James Fr. Paxton-Buckley-Loda

Aryan Lalwani So. Uni High

Luke Manolakes Jr. Centennial

Michael Moreman Jr. Danville

Mathias Powell Sr. Mahomet-Seymour

Cameron Woodard Sr. Unity

2018 N-G All-Area boys' cross-country | Meet the first team

Garrett Dixon 

Monticello | Senior

Boys' Cross-Country leaders: 2018 season final


Powll, Mahomet-Seymour 14:31

G. Dixon, Monticello 14:40

James, PBL 15:17

Lalwani, Uni High 15:15

Woodard, Unity 15:20

Manolakes, Centennial 15:22

Hall, AL/AH 15:24

Moreman, Danville 15:31

McCune, St. Joseph-Ogden 15:48

Oakley, Danville 15:48

Li, Danville 15:49