Track and Field
URBANA — The hallways constantly buzz with soft chatter at Urbana Uni High, whether class is going on or not. Students sit at tables outside of classrooms with textbooks flipped open, discussing history or biology or geometry or gossip of the day.
CHAMPAIGN — Ben Sankey had two bags for much of his 20s, and in those bags sat all of his belongings.
A call could come at any time that changed his life, whether that be a call to the coaches’ office or the ringing of his cellphone, telling him he’d been traded or a team was interested in his services. He had to remain ready.
Gordon Voit, new sports director at WAND, has been back in the area since late April. Earlier this week, the former Daily Illini columnist and UI alum got a heavy dose of Illinois football when he covered the Big Ten kickoff event in Chicago.
URBANA — Champaign Central 2016 graduate Sharon Mainor knew of Centennial’s Vincent Gordon during the 2015 prep track and field season.
It was difficult not to notice the area’s fastest boys’ 200-meter sprinter and second-fastest 100 runner in the area.
MAHOMET — Bonnie Moxley will definitely keep a sharp eye on the women’s shot put results today at the U.S. Olympic Trials at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Former Mahomet-Seymour standout Dani Bunch is one of 24 throwers competing in the preliminary round at 1 p.m., and the Bulldogs girls’ track and field coach is excited to see how her former athlete fares.
In 2005, we asked now-retired 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 20.
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
1. Unity boys’ cross-country. Dominant performance by five seniors at state; they placed among the top 14 individually, leading Rockets to a Class 1A state crown.
2. LeRoy boys’ basketball. School’s first state trophy in the sport was for first place in Class 1A.
Davis was the top distance runner in Illinois this year, and it wasn’t even close. The Illinois signee broke 14 minutes in cross-country, then ran the seventh-fastest time in IHSA history in the 1,600 meters (4:05.81) during track season. We asked the former Comet to offer 10 pieces of advice to young athletes: