Cross Country

Cross Country

Salt Fork's Kimbro, Iowa connect

CATLIN — Salt Fork senior Jenny Kimbro thought her college decision was months away.

Adding a track and field scholarship into the equation, something she didn’t think was possible before last spring, complicated the process. But after she visited Iowa early last month, the decision became simple for the hurdler.

One more glance: Top 2015 stories

What moments, games, athletes and possibly even more scandal will capture our attention in 2016? Before any can come to fruition, The News-Gazette sports staff looks back at the top 10 stories from the year that was:

Video: Fall 2015 Prep Postseason Highlights

From Jon Davis's sub-14 minute state cross country race to Unity cross country's record-breaking double to Arcola's first state football title since 1988, the fall of 2015 was an historic season for News-Gazette area sports.

On campus: Big Ten athletes honored for classwork

— Four area athletes were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team for the fall. Honorees include sophomore John Strauser, from St. Thomas More (Purdue football); sophomore Sarah Knight, from Mahomet-Seymour (Michigan State cross-country); junior Dagny Olson, from Centennial (Purdue soccer); and junior Lauren Cloyd, from Centennial (Rutgers volleyball).

All-Area Boys' Cross-Country: First team, second team, special mention

First Team

Jon Davis    Oakwood    Sr.
Dawson Dodds    Unity    Sr.
Getch Eisenmenger    Unity    Sr.
Alex Keeble    Mahomet-Seymour    Sr.

All-Area Boys' Cross-Country ROY: Oakwood's Jon Davis

Jon Davis sat in a hot tub in San Diego two Saturdays ago, ice cream sundae in hand. Normally, the Oakwood standout runner wouldn’t indulge in such an unhealthy treat, but Davis allowed himself to slide on the strict diet he normally keeps.

All-Area Boys' Cross-Country COY: Unity's Dike Stirrett

Why he’s Coach of the Year: In his final season, Stirrett led the Rockets to a historic finish. Unity finished with a score of 30, the lowest Class 1A score of all time. All five scoring runners finished in the top 14 to earn all-state honors.

2015 All-Area Boys' Cross-Country: Final statistics

3-mile courses
J. Davis, Oakwood    14:00
A. Keeble, Mahomet-Seymour    14:36
Warnes, Unity     14:44
Walmer, Mahomet-Seymour    14:47
Eisenmenger, Unity    14:58
A. Morris, Unity    15:01

Girls' Cross-Country Runner of Year: Uni's Arielle Summitt

URBANA — There was a time in Arielle Summitt’s life, in the fifth or sixth grade, when she thought she might spend her fall seasons in high school diving into a pool instead of taking off from a cross- country starting line.

“It was really tough for me,” she said. “I thought the biggest decision in my life was going to be whether I ran or swam in high school.”

Girls' Cross-Country All-Area: First, second and special mention lists

First Team
Jessica Franklin    Arthur Okaw Christian    So.
Jordan Harmon    Unity    Fr.
Faith Houston    St. Joseph-Ogden    So.
Brisa McGrath    Mahomet-Seymour    Fr.