Illinois T&F 2013: In Their Own Words Series

In Her Own Words: Sarah Bell Sarah Bell May 22, 2013

Hello, I know I have not blogged since indoor season and I apologize for that. Everything was crazy with ending my senior year including track and homework and prom and graduating and much more. However, I would like to end my high school track career with a blog to wrap things up.

In Her Own Words: Shamier Little Shamier Little May 22, 2013

Hey, this weekend was just too great I swear. I finished off my highschool track season down state at Charlestonl Illinois, and competed in four events (100 hurdles, 400, 300 hurdles, and 200). I don't even know where to start..Last year I did all four events, and broke five records over the course of two days. I took home a third place state trophy all by myself.

In His Own Words: Grant Inskeep Grant Inskeep May 15, 2013

What a week! Last Thursday was conference. It was a relatively short week in terms of mileage as we began to taper. Also, our speed workout consisted of six 400s with five minute rests in between each to recover fully. I ran an average of just under 59 seconds for each. I

In Her Own Words: Shamier Little Shamier Little May 6, 2013

Track season is almost over. Well, not completely over. Once I stop, I'll be back on the track in a few months,but highschool track is almost over. I'm a senior. So far, I've had some good meets. Especially indoor. Recently, I went to Penn Relays. Days before I even flew to Pennsylvania, I was all worked up and nervous about my race. I don't remember it ever being that bad.

In His Own Words: Grant Inskeep Grant Inskeep Apr 24, 2013

I am writing this blog on Tuesday, where has time gone! This past week was my senior prom. Yes, I'll admit it was kind of bittersweet. Before we get to that, I must talk about the crazy weather going on in Central Illinois: rain, rain, and more rain. As you may have heard, there were record rainfalls this past week. It was crazy. The riverfront area in downtown Peoria was and still is completely flooded over, and the river is almost the highest it has ever been. On top of all this rain, it snowed during my Friday meet. Snow in April is unbelievable, but it is Illinois and you can't expect anything.

In His Own Words: Grant Inskeep Grant Inskeep Apr 17, 2013

Peoria Notre Dame track made history this past week. As a team, we only had one meet, but it was a big meet against our rival, Richwoods High School. The rivalry between the schools is huge regardless of the sport. They crush us in football every year, basketball is usually closer (this year we beat them twice which ended up as a big surprise) and soccer and cross-country we always win.

In Her Own Words: Tess Wasowicz Tess Wasowicz Apr 11, 2013

Hey guys! My apologies for not being as diligent as I should be with updates on our season. Things have been as crazy as a suburban town could get. Spring break, Easter, vacations, homework, training and more training. Unfortunately, I did not participate in the vacation part of things, but I managed to have a little bit of fun in good old Palatine.

In His Own Words: Grant Inskeep Grant Inskeep Apr 10, 2013

This week I’m going to talk about my training and the college process for Mizzou since that took up most of my week. First off, Monday was the day before a meet but I still ran seven miles. I had my first outdoor meet on Tuesday at home. It was a nice change from my Monday practice allowing me to run different distances.

In His Own Words: Grant Inskeep Grant Inskeep Apr 3, 2013

This week I want to share a quick rundown of my running, talk about the little things I'm doing during the season  that will hopefully help get me back to Charleston and my Easter break.

In His Own Words: Grant Inskeep Grant Inskeep Mar 27, 2013

Hello all, back with an update with my running. On Monday, I went on a long distance run and for me, which meant eight miles. It was a relatively easy day with stride-outs after and a nice core workout. Tuesday, we had an IHSA official come to the high school to talk about the rules of track & field. It turns out, track & field is twenty times more complicated than soccer. The clinic lasted for over 90 minutes going over every detail you need to know about the sport.

In His Own Words: Grant Inskeep Grant Inskeep Mar 20, 2013

Hello again, I’m back with an update on my track season thus far, first indoor meet, and other random happenings throughout the week. This past week, I had a chance for a few quick workouts rather than going on long runs and building my base. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday were all long run days. I would do either stride outs (sprint for 50m or 100m) focusing on form or technique strides (high knees, butt kicks, and others).  

In Her Own Words: Tess Wasowicz Tess Wasowicz Mar 15, 2013

Hello everyone! I would like to formally introduce myself to all those out there who come across this blog. My name is Tess Wasowicz, and I am a member of Palatine High School's cross-country and track program. For the past four years I have pretty much dedicated my life to this amazing sport that has shaped me to become the person that I am today. Being part of the running world has opened up so many opportunities in my life.

In Her Own Words: Sarah Bell Sarah Bell Mar 12, 2013

So I arrived back in good ole Bloomington, Illinois this morning at 6:30 and to say the least I am exhausted. I had one of the best weekends of my life in New York City at New Balance Indoor Nationals. 

In Her Own Words: Sarah Bell Sarah Bell Mar 7, 2013

Last weekend was very exciting because it kicked off my senior track season. I had a meet on both Friday and Saturday.  Friday I had a meet in Jacksonville, Illinois and Saturday was the annual Windy City Pole Vault Summit in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. I was very pleased with the way this weekend turned out with it being my first meets and having them back to back as well.

In His Own Words: Zack Smith Mar 6, 2013

Hey everyone, I’m Zack Smith from Downers Grove North High School, and I’m here to update you on all things track and field from Downers Grove this season. We’ve already kicked off the season very well these first few weeks with lots of great performances. It had been a long time coming, after training hard since early December, when the Hinsdale Little Four Invite rolled around in early February.  Although it was small, it was still a competitive meet and a great tune up for the season. 

In His Own Words: Grant Inskeep Grant Inskeep Mar 5, 2013

Hello everyone, my name is Grant Inskeep and I am a first time blogger. I would like to thank Todd Grasley and MileSplit Illinois for giving me the opportunity to blog for their website. I currently live in Dunlap, Illinois and attend Peoria Notre Dame High School. I play soccer every fall and run track in the spring. This past soccer season, my team went 22-2-2 and then, went on to win our second state title and fourth in program history. I was the starting forward scoring two of the three goals in the final game. It was such a thrill to end my soccer career the way I did. Now I can focus on track, my main sport. I am a mid-distance runner with my favorite event being the 800m. As part of my training, I also run the 400m or 1600m.

In Her Own Words: Sarah Bell Sarah Bell Mar 1, 2013

Hello, for those of you who do not know me,  I am Sarah Bell and I am from Bloomington IL. I am a senior at Central Catholic High School. I participate in both varsity golf and track and field but my main sport is pole vault. For my first blog I would like to give my background on pole vault and how I came to be the athlete that I am today.   

In Her Own Words: Shamier Little Shamier Little Mar 1, 2013

Hai guys, it's Shammmm Little. I am back from Seattle and I had a great time. I met some really cool me track friends and got to catch up with others.I played some angry birds, played some basketball, did a little dancing, ate, and slept. I hate hate hate traveling, but I love the experience of meeting new people and getting better. We got some pretty nice Brooks gear and I think it's making my Nike stuff a little jealous.

In His Own Words: Grant Nykaza Grant Nykaza Feb 28, 2013

Hello all,  Grant Nykaza here from Beecher, Illinois about to write a little something to ya’ll about my season thus far. I came off a very well-rounded cross country season, having qualified to the Footlocker National meet twice and winning an individual cross country state championship. Jesse Owens once said,  “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”

In Her Own Words: Lisa Luczak Lisa Luczak Feb 27, 2013

For the 2013 track and field season, MileSplit Illinois is proud to announce that we will once again have a group of bloggers much like we did for the cross country season. Several of the top athletes in Illinois will take you on a journey throughout their seasons. We believe it is a great way for the running community to all get together and share experiences. Lisa Luczak is a sophomore at Glenbard West and one of the top young distance runners in the state. This past cross country season she finished sixth with a new personal best of 16:45.00 for three miles.