Track and Field

Track and Field

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2017-18 school year

We're getting close to starting another school year, which means prep sports are on the horizon. When area golf teams are able to kick off their respective campaigns come Aug. 9, things officially will be in full swing.

League of their own: Root, Brewer collect titles at Freedom 5K

CHAMPAIGN — Most people spend their Fourth of July mornings relaxing before a busy day with family and friends.

Others, however, trade in their air conditioning for 3.1 sweaty miles under the sweltering, summer sun.

This year, 472 runners braced for the heat, but for Champaign native Ryan Root, the 25th Champaign County Freedom Celebration 5K was simply a warm-up.

Schools unite to honor late Eagles standout

RANTOUL — Last Friday morning, the Rantoul football team's Twitter account released a moving image.

Various members of the program surrounded Monticello football coach Cully Welter, and the tweet's accompanying text expressed gratitude for the Sages' gridiron boss and both schools' athletic league, the Illini Prairie Conference.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review


1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

Two Illini earn medals

DES MOINES, Iowa — Illinois graduate David Kendziera became the first in more than 70 years to reach both hurdling finals Sunday at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, making history to cap his Illini career.

All Iroquois County 2018 boys' track and field teams


SENIORS — Colin Krumwiede (Clifton Central); Lucas Lee (Watseka)

JUNIOR — Keegan Zack (Watseka)


JUNIORS — Jeremiah Norris (Clifton Central); Keegan Zack (Watseka)

SOPHOMORE — Justin Bunting (Watseka)

FRESHMAN — Jameson Cluver (Watseka)


2018 boys' track and field Coach of the Year: Todd Lafond

Coach of the Year: Mahomet-Seymour's Todd Lafond

Meet the All-Area boys' track and field first team

Riley Baker

St. Joseph-Ogden, Sr., hurdles/sprints

Why he made it: Running on his future home track at Eastern Illinois, Baker starred for the Spartans at state by placing runner-up in the Class 1A 300-meter hurdles and anchoring SJ-O's 1,600 relay to eighth place.