Track and Field

Track and Field

Bacys has Danville's seal of approval

DANVILLE — For the last 11 years, B.J. Luke sat at the top tier of Danville High School sports.

That changed last week when Luke retired from his role as athletic director. It didn't take him long to espouse the new man in charge.

"He'll do a nice job for us," Luke said. "And he dresses better than I do."

Prep pulse: July 30, 2018

What is an Illinois prep track and field athlete to do after the IHSA season comes to an end in May?

Plenty of training options exist, but various locals signed up for something unique with the Champaign-based Vipers Track Club.

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.

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

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