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LIA PATTERSON, TUSCOLA

This year's only girls' state champion got the job done twice, helping the Warriors place third in the Class 1A team standings. Patterson collected her first-ever individual state title by winning the 300-meter hurdles in 43.67 seconds. She then quickly recovered to take the 200 crown in 24.96.

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BRIANNA DIXON, RANTOUL

The Eagles senior didn't win a Class 2A state championship, but she ranked runner-up in two events and upped her lifetime IHSA medal count to eight. Dixon placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (13.71 seconds), shared second in high jump (5 feet, 5 1/4 inches) and took seventh in the 200 (25.19).

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IZZY ROUNDTREE AND KELECIA MAYNOR, CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL

Roundtree, a freshman, and Maynor, a sophomore, each took a leg on a pair of Class 2A state runner-up sprint relays for the Maroons, helping Central to times of 47.92 seconds in the 400-meter relay and 1 minute, 43.63 seconds in the 800 relay. They two project as longtime stalwarts for these speedy quartets.

Colin Likas is the preps coordinator at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at clikas@news-gazette.com, or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

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Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. His email is clikas@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).