Athletes of the Week

Ryan Root

Junior, Centennial

Track and field

Recent accomplishments: Set a Big 12 indoor record while winning the 3,200 meters (9 minutes, 46.14 seconds) last Thursday. Also was the runner-up in the 1,600.

Quote: "My main focus was on points for the team. After my two races, I felt like I completed my mission."

My favorite band is ... Fairwell.

For one day, I would like to trade places with ... Dathan Ritzhein.

My most memorable moment in athletics is ... placing 35th at IHSA cross-country.

My favorite movie is ... "Four Minutes."

Dream job: Dentistry

My favorite athletic team is ... the Boston Red Sox.

When I am president, I will ... make running mandatory.

My role model is ... my father.

Honorable mention: Michael Braemer, Iroquois West baseball; Bryson Davis-Johnson, Centennial basketball; Chad Frerichs, Sullivan baseball; Lucas Gones, St. Joseph-Ogden baseball; Jeff Johnson, Centennial basketball; Jordan Johnson, Centennial basketball; James Kinney, Centennial basketball; Tyrece McCurry, Urbana track and field; Brandon Noe, St. Thomas More track and field; Josh Piper, Centennial basketball; Rayvonte Rice, Centennial basketball; Clayton Snyder, Hoopeston Area baseball; Chase Vire, Georgetown-Ridge Farm baseball

Hannah Smith

Junior, Monticello

Soccer

Recent accomplishments: Junior striker had five goals for the Sages (3-0-1), who won both matches last week.

Quote: "We are playing really well together. I feel like we have a strong offense."

My favorite meal is ... corn casserole.

My favorite musical artist is ... Ben Folds.

If I could go anywhere, it would be ... Africa.

Dream job: Pediatrician

My favorite movie is ... "Boondock Saints."

My favorite athletic team is ... Da Cubs.

Dream date: David Beckham

When I am president, I will ... accomplish world peace.

My role model is ... my mom.

If I could attend any university, I would choose ... Colorado.

Honorable mention: Kaiti Bowen, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley softball; Amy Clawson, Mahomet-Seymour track and field; Colleen Donohue, Monticello soccer; Brittney Gallivan, Monticello soccer; Jenna Harshbarger, Monticello softball; Caleigh Hennigh, Fisher softball; Lauren Krumwiede, Watseka softball; Brittany Moreland, Armstrong-Potomac softball; Mariah Skaggs, Schlarman softball; Shari Steidinger, Prairie Central softball; Kim Vega, Champaign Central soccer; Mallory Weber, Salt Fork softball; Delia Williams, Urbana track and field

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