2016 Class 3A Boys Pre-Season Field Events Preview Tony Jones Feb 07, 2016

The life blood of the sport field events experienced another solid year last season from top to bottom. The action was highlighted by the exploits of AJ Epneza (Edwardsville) in the Discus Throw, setting an IHSA sophomore record. We expect another great season to be had in 2016.

2016 Class 3A Girls Pre-Season Field Events Preview Tony Jones Feb 02, 2016

At last summer's World Youth Trials Championship held at Illinois Benedictine University in Lisle, several onlookers openly remarked "these two young ladies need to compete against other all season long." As awesome as that sounded, it was remote at best. Both Jaimie Robinson and Lajarvia Brown were reigning and undefeated state champions coming into the summer season.

2016 Class 2A Boys Pre-Season Relays Preview Tony Jones Jan 31, 2016

We already know the dominance of Cahokia and their significance in Illinois track and field history. The Comanches have simply been the most dominant program in Illinois regardless of classification. One of the reasons why is relays.

2016 Class A Boys Pre-Season Relays Preview Tony Jones Jan 21, 2016

The relay scene will be just about the same as it was last year in terms of production and notoriety. You can expect to see many of the familiar returning state individual event runners competing in multiple relays. Can Arcola repeat in the 4x1, 4x4, and move up in the 4x2? 

2016 Class A Girls Pre-Season Relays Preview Tony Jones Jan 15, 2016

There will be familiar faces coming back and those who will be moving up in classification. While it is hard sometimes predicting outlooks for relays, it is comforting to know if a perennially strong team has at least two legs returning, it is much easier to diagram. Who will replace 4x8 champ Tolono Unity? Can Luther North of Chicago be defeated?

2016 Class A Girls Pre-Season Field Events Preview Tony Jones Jan 07, 2016

The key to winning championships is getting the jump on the competition early. And most times early means before the track events are underway. The often overlooked field events can be a coaching staff's best friend particularly if they have solid jumpers who can use those events as a warm up for the track. Vaulters and throwers have to be factored in too.

IL 2016 Boys Track & Field Season: It's On The Brink Tony Jones Dec 03, 2015

Boys High School Track and Field 101 is simple: Be intense every time out while giving it your all on the battle field and have fun. The 2016 season could be another bang out year from top to bottom. 2015 was one of the best in IHSA history in terms of the state championship as a number of great performances were put up. In the aftermath several long standing all time records were shattered. The boys 400m fell by the wayside courtesy of Kahmari Montgomery (Plainfield Central) with a chilling 46.24. The Cahokia 4x100m and 4x200m tandems blazed 41.12 and 1:25.83 to make themselves the best of all time. We heard one prominent coach predict as many as a dozen or so records could fall this season. That assertion remains to be seen and we will have full chronicling such feats if it occurs.