PAXTON — Jon Davis achieved the position that all runners were seeking on Saturday, but not the time that provided satisfaction.
The Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac junior became the eighth repeat boys’ division winner in the 41 years of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Cross-Country Invitational, but his winning time was three seconds slower than he posted in 2013.
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Executive sports editor Fred Kroner contacted boys’ and girls’ cross-country coaches from conferences in our area for their thoughts about the season, which is in progress:
Boys’ Top 10
TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1. Mahomet-Seymour Five of top seven runners return
2. Unity Four of top seven runners return
3. Monticello Four of top seven runners return
4. St. Joseph-Ogden Four of top seven runners return
Athletes often are stereotyped as individuals who have little interest or passion in other pursuits.
Tuscola senior Eric Ponder is working to change the traditional image. Besides being an all-state runner in cross-country and track as a junior, Ponder is one of five trombone players in the school band and also is the sentinel for the school’s Future Farmers of America chapter.
Our list of 50 local girls' cross country runners to watch spans multiple schools. Disagree with a pick or non-pick? Contact us at email@example.com.
NAME — SCHOOL YR.
Tori Aber — Urbana Uni High So.
Shaina Andrews — Oakwood/A-P Jr.
Nicole Bagwell — Unity So.
Our list of 50 local boys' cross country runners to watch spans multiple schools. Disagree with a pick or non-pick? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAME — SCHOOL YR.
Marshall Allston-Yeagle — Urbana Uni High Jr.
Sam Blisset — Centennial Sr.
In boys’ cross-country
■ At Charleston. Mahomet-Seymour won the Charleston Cross-Country Invitational with an average time of 15 minutes, 44.02 seconds. Alex Keeble led the Bulldogs with a time of 14:58.51. Danville finished third, with an average time of 16:26.47.