Bulldogs set quick pace
MAHOMET — The state's fastest-moving boys' cross-country team has been Mahomet-Seymour. Unranked in the preseason by dyestat.com, coach Neal Garrison's squad climbed to third in last week's poll.
Garrett Cox. Mahomet-Seymour, Senior, Golf
Recently: Tied for third in the Class 2A state meet with a 151. As a junior, he tied for 19th at state.
In his own words: "The last two years were really great. Winning a (team) state championship and then this year making state individually was a neat experience."
DANVILLE — Optimism and reality don't always go hand-in-hand. For Danville sophomore Johnny Leverenz, they were in perfect harmony at Saturday's Big 12 Conference cross-country meet.
Winning the 3-mile race at Kennekuk Cove County Park would be nice but Leverenz recognized the overwhelming odds.
MONTICELLO — It figures a 3-mile race would be decided by inches. That's what you get in the Okaw Valley Conference.
The Monticello boys won the OVC cross-county title by three points, holding off Unity thanks in large part to a desperation lunge by Andrew Hanselman at the end of Thursday's meet at Lodge Park.
Jonathan Schaap, Mahomet-Seymour, Junior, Cross-country
Recently: Was his team's top finisher as the Bulldogs, up to fourth in the Class 2A rankings, won the 17-school East Peoria Invitational
In his own words: "It's nice to be having success. Hopefully we'll make it to state."
URBANA — Shig Yasunaga, Heidi Harnisch, Jackie Williams, Ella Masar and Melissa Welch will be inducted in the Urbana Hall of Fame during Friday's football game against Decatur Eisenhower.
ROSSVILLE — Lauren Houmes and Jesse Hahne helped to redefine fast in Tuesday's Vermilion Valley Conference cross-country races.
Course records were a given for the individual champions on the first prep cross-country meet at Hubbard Trail Country Club. Not expected was how fast the winners ran 3 miles over a lush course.
This week: Girls' cross-country
SCHOOL (previous) COMMENT
1. Monticello (2) Ranked third in state in Class 1A
2. Mahomet-S. (3) Top four under 19:30 for 3 miles
3. SJ-O (1) Ranked fourth in state in Class 1A
4. Centennial (4) Four seniors near top for Twin City titlists
5. Uni High (6) Of 19 members, 13 are underclassmen