CHAMPAIGN — The oldest record in The News-Gazette Honor Roll track and field meet could be in jeopardy tonight.
In Year 1 of the meet (1982), Champaign Central’s Mark Thompson ran the 3,200 meters in 9:33.
Based on times reported for the competitors in the 36 events that will be staged tonight at the UI Track, Tuscola’s Eric Ponder could enter the history books.
Ponder’s season-best time is 9:26.
If seed times are an accurate indication of performance level, three records could be shattered in the girls’ competition at the 33rd annual meet.
Prairie Central’s Kassadee Ifft has cleared 12-3 in the pole vault.
The record, set in 2004 by Mahomet-Seymour’s Mary Pat Choules, is 11-9.
Three girls share the record in the 400 meters at 58.5. Sullivan/Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain has been timed in 57.84.
A record set last year in the 800 relay (1:44 by Centennial) could be challenged.
Danville’s foursome has gone 1:43.7 this spring.
Today’s meet starts with field events at 5 p.m. Running finals will begin at 6 p.m.
A scratch meeting will be held at 4:30 at which time coaches can make late entries if any runners are unable to participate.
The grass lot next to Illinois Field will be available for parking, weather permitting, along with the northeast corner lot of State Farm Center.
The southeast lot is not available like past years due to construction.
Admission charge is $5 for adults and $3 for students.