Cross Country

Cross Country

2018 Illinois Marathon 5K Highlights

Highlights from the 2018 OSF HealthCare 5K, a kickoff to the 10th Illinois Marathon weekend, with post-event comments from male champion Brennan Guido and women's champion Laura Krasa.

Prep pulse: April 23, 2018

The University of Illinois can claim influence over most state high schools. The News-Gazette's coverage area includes many of these options.

Among those is Danville, which seems to be a particular hot spot for Class of 2018 athletes seeking next-level competition.

Hall-of-fame M-S coach removed from position

MAHOMET — The longtime girls' track and field coach at Mahomet-Seymour High School has been removed from her position under uncertain circumstances, leading to an outpouring of support for the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Famer.

UPDATED: Longtime Central AD Woods to depart in July

CHAMPAIGN — After 24 years helming Champaign Central’s athletics sector, John Woods is going big and heading north.

The Centennial graduate and longtime Maroons athletic director has accepted the same position at Libertyville High School, located in a north Chicago suburb. Woods will step aside as Central’s AD on July 1, pending school board approval.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 16, 2017

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: Prep sports coordinator Colin Likas.

COLIN LIKAS spent three years helping design and edit our nationally recognized sports section. But his goal out of Butler University was to write, calling it "a passion of mine."

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.

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 All-Area teams



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


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

Coach of the Year:

Kara Leaman, Unity

Final 2017 area girls' cross-country leaders


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