Cross Country

Cross Country

M-S runners 17th at Nike Cross Nationals

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Mahomet-Seymour boys’ cross-country team was ready for the hills at Saturday’s Nike Cross Nationals race in Portland. The Bulldogs also were ready for the elite competition after winning the Class 2A state title.

What they couldn’t prepare for, coach Neal Garrison said, was the incredibly muddy course, which is intentionally made that way.

N-G All-Area Boys' Cross-Country: 2016 teams

All-Area first team

Brian Butcher    Sr.    Mahomet-Seymour

Riley Fortune    Jr.    Mahomet-Seymour

Logan Hall    Jr.    Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond

All-Area Boys' XC Coach of the Year: M-S' Neal Garrison

Why he’s Coach of the Year: By qualifying for Saturday’s Nike Cross Nationals, Garrison’s Bulldogs cemented themselves as one of the top area teams in history. The Bulldogs finished with six all-staters and finished three seconds away from having all seven of their runners earn medals at the state meet.

Walmer, teammates benefit from big expectations

MAHOMET — It was a feeling Andrew Walmer never wanted to experience again.

The Mahomet-Seymour cross-country runner finished a spectacular race three years ago — his freshman year — at the state meet. It came seemingly out of nowhere, but his teammates around him were disappointed.

Bulldogs runners taking talents to Portland

MAHOMET — The fact his team had no confirmation last week that it would head to Portland, Ore., this weekend for Nike Cross Nationals didn’t matter. Mahomet-Seymour boys’ cross-country coach Neal Garrison didn’t want his team to put itself in a holding pattern after finishing third at the Midwest Regional, one spot away from an automatic berth.

N-G All-Area Boys' Cross-Country: 2016 final leaders

(3-mile courses)

Walmer, Mahomet-Seymour    14:40
L. Hall, ALAH    14:44
Pommier, Mahomet-Seymour    14:47
Fortune, Mahomet-Seymour    14:49
Butcher, Mahomet-Seymour    14:56
Hodge, Mahomet-Seymour    14:58

Worth the wait for Uni's Michael

URBANA — Annemarie Michael wasn’t putting in high mileage or pounding out fast repeats as her freshman season wound down, and that didn’t sit well with her.

The current Urbana Uni High senior didn’t feel right unless she was exhausted, so tapering was difficult, even the week of the state meet.

Girls' cross-country coach of the year: SJ-O's Jason Retz

Why he’s Coach of the Year

The Spartans competed against two of the top teams in the state throughout the year in defending champion Unity and Monticello, but they still managed to go undefeated, winning the team’s second state title in three seasons and third trophy in three years. Season highlights

All-Area girls' cross-country teams

All-Area first team


Jordan Harmon Unity So.

Previous N-G cross-country award winners

Runners of the Year


2016 Annemarie Michael Uni High