Athletes of the Week ... and their friends: Oct. 11, 2017

Athletes of the Week ... and their friends: Oct. 11, 2017

This school year, we're giving our weekly honorees a chance to show off their teammates.

Jordan Harmon | Unity cross-country | Twitter handle: @Jordanxc16

Why she's our Athlete of the Week: The junior placed first in two races, helping lead the Rockets to team titles at the Cumberland Invitational, where she ran a time of 18 minutes, 22 seconds, and the Illini Prairie Conference Meet, where she ran a time of 18:50.

From Harmon: "It's pretty exciting. We've had a pretty great season so far, and it's fun to not only win individually, but as a team, too."

I need concert tickets to ... Shawn Mendes or Ed Sheeran. They're really cute, and I love their music.

One movie I could watch over and over again is ... "Collateral Beauty." It's a tear-jerker with a plot twist.

If I could choose one superpower, I would choose ... flying because then it wouldn't be as hard to run fast because I wouldn't have to run.

The social media I use the most is ... Snapchat. It's easy to communicate with all of my friends.

My biggest pet peeve is ... People brushing their teeth in front of me. I hate the noise. It's fine when I do it, but when other people do it, it gives me chills.

My best cross-country memory is ... winning state my freshman year because going into my freshman year, I remember one of the first practices one of my teammates goes, 'I think we could win state.' I thought that was out of the question, but to see how we progressed throughout the season to finally winning it all, it's hard to describe how cool it was.

My most embarrassing cross-country memory is ... the other day at practice, I stepped in wet concrete. The caution tape was on the side of the sidewalk and not in front of the sidewalk. I wasn't looking at the sidewalk, and the next thing I know, my foot sank in concrete. I had to wash my shoes off, but the concrete came off.

Before a meet ... I like talking to my mom because she's my coach and helps me with my strategies.

After a meet ... I hang out with my teammates and eat food.

In five years, I see myself ... hopefully finishing up college and running in college. I want to go into the medical field and become a sports medicine doctor. When I've gone to the sports medicine doctor before, I think it really's interesting how they can find out what's wrong with you.

Honorable mention: Grace Burnside, Tri-County volleyball; Haley Elam, St. Thomas More volleyball; Elizabeth Gile, Centennial swimming; Angelynn Huang, Uni High swimming; Kalista Klann, Paxton-Buckley-Loda volleyball; Megan Moody, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley golf; Emma Pacey, Judah Christian volleyball; Mackenzie McCoy, Champaign Central golf; Molly Stringer, Monticello golf; Erica Walder, Cissna Park volleyball

Justice Carter | Urbana cross-country

Why he's our Athlete of the Week: The senior won the Twin City Invite, touring the course at the University of Illinois Arboretum in 16 minutes, 10 seconds.

From Carter: "It's our home meet and my senior year, so I wanted to go out and win it. I had a lot more competition than last year, but it was a good race."

I need concert tickets to ... Drake or Famous Dex. I just like a lot of Drake's music, and I can just groove to it. He has different styles. I like Famous Dex because he has a lot of energetic music that I can dance, too.

One movie I could watch over and over again is ... "It." It was funny. It had some jump scares. I liked a lot of the comedy.

If I could choose one superpower, I would choose ... to teleport because I could just go anywhere I'd want without having to run or drive.

The social media I use the most is ... Snapchat. I like the filters and the ability to communicate with friends.

My biggest pet peeve is ... when people don't wash their hands. I'm a pretty clean person. I won't know, but if I saw them in the bathroom and they just walk out, I wouldn't want to shake hands with them.

My craziest cross-country memory is ... sophomore year during regionals. It was the first 100 or 200 meters, and we were wrestling around at the start. Some guy got pushed into me, and I accidentally pushed him. Then about five people fell right around me.

My most embarrassing cross-country memory is ... my shoes came untied a half mile into a race this year in our second race.

Before a meet ... I like to talk with my teammates a lot and get hyped by listening to music.

After a meet ... I like going out to eat and hanging out with my teammates.

In five years, I see myself ... I hope to still have the same passion for running, actually even more and be running cross-country and track at Illinois. I'll hopefully find a major that I want to continue to pursue and want to stay in. Right now, I'm interested in business and history, but I don't know what I want to major in yet.

Honorable mention: Conor Butts, Champaign Central golf; Andrew Cook, Unity soccer; Alex Helmuth, Monticello cross-country; Ryan Hodge, Mahomet-Seymour cross-country; Cade Kresin, Tuscola football; Owen Mariage-Tucker, Westville football; D.J. Nelson, Uni High golf; Caleb Poindexter, LeRoy golf; Jerry Reed, Danville football; Wyatt Wolfersberger, St. Joseph-Ogden cross-country.

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