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

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

NO SMALL BALL

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.

MORE FUN WITH NUMBERS

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.

ALL-STATE CONVERSATION

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.

EARLY SHOWCASE

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.

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