Track and Field

Track and Field

On your mark, get set ...

With the start of high school sports just days away, we asked prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis to answer five burning questions.

1. Will Mahomet-Seymour repeat as state cross country champions?

The Mahomet-Seymour cross-country team didn't just win a state title a year ago. They ran an historic race.

Dani Bunch: Out of this world

MAHOMET — Dani Bunch has traveled around the world in pursuit of her ultimate goal: to compete in the shot put at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

This summer, the 2009 Mahomet-Seymour graduate has moved one step closer to that goal.

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

Jones known for his cool demeanor

Mykhail Chambers normally keeps a calm disposition, but after clearing 6 feet, 8 inches to win the 2008 IHSA Class AA state title in the high jump as a senior for Urbana, he exploded with emotion.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

2017 All-Area Boys' Track and Field teams

13th Boys' Track and Field All-Area


Mason Barr So. Ridgeview

Brandon Bretz Jr. Mahomet-Seymour

Tyler Carrel Fr. Urbana

Camden Coleman Jr. Uni High

Riley Fortune Jr. Mahomet-Seymour

Logan Hall Jr. ALAH

Phillip Hall Jr. Danville

Hunter Hendershot Fr. Mahomet-Seymour

All-Area Boys' Track Athlete of the Year: Nicholas Jackson

CHAMPAIGN — The photo of Nicholas Jackson hurtling over the bar at some unknown height as a sophomore at Gene Armer Track on the campus of Urbana High School had faded into the background of the Champaign Central senior's four bulletin boards in his room. But at one point, it served as a crucial road map for his high jumping career.

All-Area Boys' Track Coach of the Year: Todd Lafond

All-Area Boys' Track Coach of the Year: Todd Lafond