FISHER — Thirteen new members were inducted into the Fisher High School Athletic Hall of Fame last Saturday.
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.
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
NAME SCHOOL YR. COACH
Abby Fisher St. Joseph-Ogden Sr. Jason Retz
Jessica Franklin Arthur Okaw Christian Fr. Jason Franklin
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
NAME SCHOOL YR.
Jon Davis Oakwood/A-P Jr.
Caleb Hummer Danville Sr.
Ashton Hyatt Champaign Central Jr.
Alex Keeble Mahomet-Seymour Jr.