Cross Country

Cross Country

Bulletin board: Bulldogs set quick pace

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.

Athletes of the Week: Cox and Choquette

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's Leverenz, Urbana's Choquette finish strong

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.

Saturday's prep highlights: M-S runners shine

In cross-country

Hanselman helps Sages edge Unity for OVC title

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.

Athletes of the Week: Schaap and Wienke

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."

Vermilion Valley Conference CC meet 2011

Vermilion Valley Conference boys and girls CC meet at Hubbard Trail Country Club Tuesday Oct. 11, 2011.

Bulletin board: Five set to join Urbana Hall

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.

Hoopeston's Houmes happy to be in hurry

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.

N-G Top 10: Girls' cross-country

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