Cross Country

Cross Country

11 local schools to leave LOVC; new conference anticipated

After a week’s worth of speculation, as well as submissions of withdrawal from two local schools, 13 other institutions have opted to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference after the 2018-19 academic year.

2017 girls' cross-country All-Area teams

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM

NAME YEAR SCHOOL

Shanice Garbutt Sr. Danville

Jordan Harmon Jr. Unity

Fran Hendrickson So. St. Thomas More

Faith Houston Sr. St. Joseph-Ogden

Brisa McGrath Sr. Mahomet-Seymour

Olivia Rosenstein So. Urbana

Arielle Summitt Sr. Uni High

ALL-AREA SECOND TEAM

Rising star: Danville's Garbutt is area's top girls' runner

DANVILLE — Three years ago, the athlete who would become one of the most talented girls' cross-country runners in Danville history arrived in the parking lot of Danville High School for her first-ever run along with her three sisters.

The tiny freshman, though, decided that's where her cross-country career would end.

She wouldn't get out of the car.

2017 girls' cross-country Coach of the Year: Kara Leaman

Coach of the Year:

Kara Leaman, Unity

Final 2017 area girls' cross-country leaders

RUNNER, TEAM TIME

Garbutt, Danville 17:08

Rosenstein, Urbana 17:16

Summit, Uni High 17:27

F. Hendrickson, St. Thomas More 17:44

Cultra, Urbana 17:48

Scott, Urbana 17:54

McGrath, Mahomet-Seymour 17:55

Harmon, Unity 17:58

Churm, Mahomet-Seymour 18:01

F. Houston, St. Joseph-Ogden 18:03

Cross-Country Coach of the Year: Neal Garrison, Mahomet-Seymour

Why he's Coach of the Year: After his Bulldogs dominated the Class 2A state meet last season for the program's first championship, they faced an uphill battle to repeat. M-S lost seniors Andrew Walmer, Brian Butcher, Ben Craw and Gabe Pommier from that victorious unit, but that couldn't stop the Bulldogs.

Area cross-county leaders: Through season

Boys' Leaders

(3-mile courses)

RUNNER, SCHOOL TIME

Lo. Hall, ALAH 14:24

Powell, Mahomet-Seymour 14:33

Hodge, Mahomet-Seymour 14:35

Fortune, Mahomet-Seymour 14:48

Helmuth, Monticello 15:02

14th News-Gazette All-area boys’ cross-country team

All-Area First Team

NAME YEAR SCHOOL

Garrett Dixon Jr. Monticello

Riley Fortune Sr. Mahomet-Seymour

Logan Hall Sr. ALAH

Alex Helmuth Sr. Monticello

Ryan Hodge Sr. Mahomet-Seymour

Luke Manolakes So. Centennial

Mathias Powell Jr. Mahomet-Seymour

Steady climb: ALAH's Logan Hall is area's top boys' runner

ARTHUR — Logan Hall's sophomore year of high school may have been the most important time of his young life.

Villa Grove, Heritage plan to leave LOVC; more departures expected

In its fourth academic year, the two-division Little Okaw Valley Conference is facing major change. At least two schools in the 18-institution league have filed for withdrawal, and more notifications could be on the way.