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.
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:
— 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).
NAME SCHOOL YEAR
Jon Davis Oakwood Sr.
Dawson Dodds Unity Sr.
Getch Eisenmenger Unity Sr.
Alex Keeble Mahomet-Seymour Sr.
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.
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.
RUNNER, SCHOOL TIME
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
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.”
NAME SCHOOL YEAR
Jessica Franklin Arthur Okaw Christian So.
Jordan Harmon Unity Fr.
Faith Houston St. Joseph-Ogden So.
Brisa McGrath Mahomet-Seymour Fr.