FITHIAN — Jon Davis sent a text message to his parents, Troy Davis and Jamie Simpson, after waking up early in the morning before the sectional cross-country meet following a restless night of sleep. He’d finally made a college decision that he’d hoped to make weeks earlier: to continue his track and cross-country career at Illinois.
Steven Migut, Chandler Cousins, Jayden Kaiser, Cam Reifsteck and Cale Shonkwiler scored touchdowns as Unity beat previously undefeated North Mac 55-20 to help the Rockets advance to the Class 3A state quarterfinals for the first time since 2012.
The nerves and adrenaline coursed through Jessica Franklin’s body as the gun sounded during last year’s National Association of Christian Athletes championship cross-country race on a hilly, Appalachian trail in Dayton, Tenn.
Will Champaign Central continue its run in the Class 5A playoffs? What did LeRoy do well in its uspet of Tuscola? Arcola or GCMS? Jon Davis, best distance runner ever? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to settle any debate about the local high school sports scene as the fall sports season starts to wind down. Ask away in his 12:30 p.m.
PEORIA — The hype grew throughout the cool, early morning at Detweiller Park as the thick crowd chattered about the kid from Oakwood who declared he was gunning for the 43-year-old state record set by Craig Virgin in 1972. Before the race, Virgin approached Davis and offered him a few final words of wisdom, reiterating what he told him on the phone a few days earlier.
PEORIA — Tears pooled in Unity coach Dike Stirrett’s eyes as the Rockets’ girls’ cross-country team streamed onto the stage at Detweiller Park to join the boys an hour after Stirrett coached his last cross-country meet.
ST. JOSEPH — Across the board, one through five, St. Joseph-Ogden coach Jason Retz noticed something interesting about the Spartans’ girls’ cross-country team when he glanced at the numbers: Each position is faster than it was a year ago, when the Spartans won the Class 1A state title.
RUNNER, SCHOOL TIME
J. Davis, Oakwood 14:10
A. Keeble, Mahomet-Seymour 14:36
Warnes, Unity 14:44
Walmer, Mahomet-Seymour 14:55
Butcher, Mahomet-Seymour 15:05
Eisenmenger, Unity 15:06
11-05-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast: Play now!
11-05-15 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast. Matt Daniels, Anthony Zilis and Colin Likas on this week's roundup of High School Sports. The Sports Guys take a look at round two of the football playoffs, volleyball playoffs and news from Track and Cross Country.
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