Track and Field

Track and Field

Monticello's trophy trove

Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.

Urbana vaulter on road to recovery from illness

URBANA — After Tyler Carrel cleared 15 feet, 10 inches at the 2017 IHSA Class 2A boys' pole vault state championships, the tired Urbana freshman finalized his performance with two words.

"I'm done."

He'd already defeated the rest of the field, his closest competition maxing out at 14-6. He'd snared both the Tigers' program record and 2016-17 national freshman clearance lead.

Likas | Thinking back on the last year of prep sports action

Thinking back on the cheers, tears and titles

Local IHSA participation concluded this past Monday when two baseball teams and one softball team fell short in their small-school super-sectional games.

Those results put the finishing touches on a busy and largely successful 2018-19 school year, from an area athletic standpoint.

At Unity, future taking shape

TOLONO — Unity High School's athletic facilities are in the midst of a near-$3 million renovation package that includes one new building and four overhauled complexes.

VIDEO: 2019 IHSA Boys' State Track

Check out highlights of the 2019 IHSA Boys' State Track Championships, including championships from Mahomet-Seymour's Hunter Hendershot and Mathias Powell, Prairie Central's Chandlar Ifft, Tri-County's Ramsey Hunt, and Ridgeview's Mason Barr, and a team state title for Salt Fork.

Records fall to Hendershot's hefty heave

CHARLESTON — Perhaps it was intentional. Most likely not.

Sometime during Saturday's Class 2A boys' state track and field finals, a public-address announcement provided a potential nickname for Mahomet-Seymour's standout thrower.


This condensing of Hunter Hendershot's name, though, is more appropriate than some might realize.

Boys' state track notes: 'I'm so emotional right now'

CHARLESTON — A small group of kids clad almost entirely in black and white huddled on the homestretch of Eastern Illinois' bright blue track on Saturday.

It was the Salt Fork boys' track and field team, and its members were waiting to hear the school's name announced over the loudspeakers at O'Brien Stadium.

Shining stars: Day 3 of boys' state track and field

Preps coordinator Colin Likas offers up four area athletes who stood out Saturday in Charleston:


Though he couldn't land a gold medal in any of his three Class 1A events, the junior still impressed by taking second in the 400-meter dash (49.12), third in the 100 (11.01) and fifth in the 200 (22.20).

2019 Class 2A/3A boys' state track and field preliminaries

Video highlights from the 2019 IHSA Class 2A and 3A boys' state track and field preliminaries, held at Eastern Illinois' O'Brien Stadium on May 24, 2019.

2A/3A boys' state track notes: Williams overcomes timing confusion

CHARLESTON — Red is not part of the typical Rantoul color palate.

But it accompanied the Eagles’ purple and gold at Friday’s Class 2A boys’ state track and field preliminaries in the form of a headband worn by each team member.

The reason, as Rantoul athletes such as Jerry Harper has said throughout this season, is Donnell Robertson.