Track and Field

Track and Field

UPDATED: Longtime Central AD Woods to depart in July

CHAMPAIGN — After 24 years helming Champaign Central’s athletics sector, John Woods is going big and heading north.

The Centennial graduate and longtime Maroons athletic director has accepted the same position at Libertyville High School, located in a north Chicago suburb. Woods will step aside as Central’s AD on July 1, pending school board approval.

'It was just a really big relief'

CHAMPAIGN — Look at pictures of Jon Davis completing his first-ever sub-four-minute mile, and you see an excited athlete surrounded by equally thrilled Illinois teammates. Becoming only the 498th American to accomplish the feat will generate that response.

On campus: Jan. 20

Three area freshman have earned spots on the Millikin indoor track and field all-time performance lists in their first collegiate meet.

Prep pulse: Johnson carves out niche in coaching at Lake Land

David Johnson recognized at a young age he couldn't play basketball forever.

Though it was "by far my passion," he had no visions of grandeur.

So it was back in seventh grade when Johnson, who went on to graduate from Rossville-Alvin High School in 1984 after competing in basketball, football, baseball and track, decided coaching might be his walk of life.

Prep pulse: Centennial's Hall of Fame

Each Monday ahead of a new week of high school sports, preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS checks in with the latest from the local scene:

On campus: Dec. 9

Three area athletes were recently honored by the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in their respective sports.

11 local schools to leave LOVC; new conference anticipated

After a week’s worth of speculation, as well as submissions of withdrawal from two local schools, 13 other institutions have opted to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference after the 2018-19 academic year.

Villa Grove, Heritage plan to leave LOVC; more departures expected

In its fourth academic year, the two-division Little Okaw Valley Conference is facing major change. At least two schools in the 18-institution league have filed for withdrawal, and more notifications could be on the way.

UPDATED: Six local athletes sign with Division I programs

A quintet of local senior athletes signed Division I national letters of intent Wednesday to compete at the college level in their respective sports.

State cross-country notebook: 'This is just phenomenal'

PEORIA — Faith Houston could have hung her head.