Boys' cross-country: It's time to hit the trail

Boys' cross-country: It's time to hit the trail


The area Class 1A boys' cross-country scene is on the uptick, if the ILXCTF website's projections pan out. Monticello presently rates second as a unit, powered by top-ranked 1A individual Garrett Dixon. Uni High slots into third, St. Thomas More settles into 20th, Clinton rates 23rd, Paxton-Buckley-Loda holds 24th and St. Joseph-Ogden finds itself in 26th.


Jetting over to the Class 2A side, when it comes to ILXCTF's predictions, Danville is the area program to beat at No. 5 statewide. Centennial clocks in at 12th, while Mahomet-Seymour and top-rated Mathias Powell hold 13th. Rantoul is also in the preseason picture, checking in at No. 30.


Numerous local stars who earned all-state status last year — finishing inside the top 25 at state — have graduated: Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Logan Hall, Hoopeston Area's Trey Houmes, St. Joseph-Ogden's Wyatt Wolfersberger and Mahomet-Seymour's Riley Fortune and Ryan Hodge. Returning from the group are Dixon, Powell and Centennial's Luke Manolakes.


Area running fans looking for a packed race to catch early on should experience today's Saber Corn Classic, hosted by St. Thomas More. It'll include participants from Bement. Judah Christian, Villa Grove/Heritage, Mahomet-Seymour, Monticello, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Rantoul, Argenta-Oreana, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, Armstrong-Potomac, Uni High and ALAH.