Illinois T&F: 2015 Preseason Preview Series

2015 Class 3A Boys Field Events Pre-Season Preview Tony Jones Feb 7, 2015

2014 turned out to be a very memorable year in the field. The action was highlighted by the exploits of Luke Winder in the pole vault with his record setting performances indoors and outside. Secondly, Jonathan Wells went from the gridiron to the track and did his thing. He won the state long jump and high jump titles. Along the way was a top 5 mark in the HJ with a sensational 7-2 at the Wheeling Relays indoors. It will be hard for this year's crop of talent to duplicate what happened in 2014, but don't expect the next crop of emerging talent to sit silent. 2015 should be another year in the field events.

2015 Class 3A Girls Sprints Pre-Season Preview Tony Jones Feb 5, 2015

We once said that the 3A sprints and hurdles were hotter than a stove. The wave of super talent coming and going over the past six seasons bared nothing but the truth. The list is too long to dispel but you have heard of Aaliyah Brown and Shamier Little haven't you? How about Akinosun Morolake or Emma Spagnola? The talent pool has just gotten much lighter with the exodus over the past two seasons. We will now sit back and watch emerging talent come to the surface and become stars.

Class A Boys Virtual Indoor State Championship Prediction Tony Jones Feb 5, 2015

Eureka is definitely a team to watch for outdoors but what about during the undercover season? There are teams like Chicago (Leo), Tuscola, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, and Shelbyville who run a competitive indoor season and put a premium on their performances. We all know that the outdoor season is much more important with higher stakes on the line, but why not see where you sit with the outdoor season still several months way?

Class 2A Boys Indoor Virtual Scores: Cahokia Is Overwhelming Choice Tony Jones Feb 4, 2015

Cahokia uses the indoor season as a set up for the all important outdoor campaign. The Comanches will be aiming for their 5th consecutive state title in May.These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 20 deep for individuals and 20 deep for relays. For example, for individuals 1st place received 20 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 20th place.Athletes whose graduation years are unknown were left out of the list.

The Brittny Ellis Odyssey (remix): The Making Of A Champion Tony Jones Feb 1, 2015

There are very few high school student-athletes who can make the claim that they have competed well on the elite level since grammar school- let alone still competing well on the varsity level. We all know the horror stories of child prodigies growing bored of the sport they loved as youngsters. We have seen the kids who showed promise at age 10 to only become a statistic of mother nature's maturing process.

Class A Girls Virtual Indoor State Championship Prediction Tony Jones Jan 31, 2015

We all know that the outdoor season is much more important with higher stakes on the line, but why not see where you sit with the outdoor season still several months way? The virtual meet is based on the returning athlete's performances from the 2014 indoor track and field season. Can talented athletes such Jenny Kimbro (Jamaica) and Anna Sophia Keller (Effingham St. Anthony) carry their team to victory during the undercover season?

2015 Class 2A Boys Relays Pre-Season Preview Tony Jones Jan 30, 2015

Relays are a vital part of running track and field- especially in high school and at the state level. It often can make or break one's team chances of winning a meet. It doesn't matter if it is a dual, invitational, and especially the state championship

2015 Class 2A Girls Distance Pre-Season Preview Tony Jones Jan 29, 2015

The 2A division was shown an infusion of talent at the start of 2014-15 school season led by the junior from Peoria (Notre Dame) in Maryjeanne Gilbert. Gilbert produced one of the most memorable cross country seasons this past fall by any Illinois school girl. Now she and a few other ladies hope to continue the surge through the upcoming track and field campaign.

1A Boys Team Scores: Could Shelbyville Be A Of Interest In 2015? Tony Jones Jan 27, 2015

Over the coming weeks leading up to the start of the track season we will take a look at the top individuals and teams. We start off with our 1A boys projected team scores where it looks to be good Shelbyville squad looking to dominate. Tuscola and Eureka are quality pics too. See where last year's champ Aurora Christian is positioned.

1A Girls Team Scores: Illini West Looks Like The Team To Beat On Paper Tony Jones Jan 26, 2015

Over the coming weeks leading up to the start of the track season we will take a look at the top individuals and teams. We start off with our 1A girls projected team scores where it looks to be a tight battle between Illini West, Seneca, and Sullivan. Illini West has a well balanced team despite losing a few quality pieces to graduation. See inside this exclusive who are the teams to beat!

2015 Class 2A Girls Field Events Pre-Season Preview Tony Jones Jan 25, 2015

It is true that some familiar and very talented young ladies who have elevated the field events in 2A to prominent status have graduated. But at the same time there are a few top draws to look out for. The long jump, triple jump, and pole vault appear to be the top events on the docket.

2015 Class A Boys Pre-Season Sprints Preview Tony Jones Jan 22, 2015

The landscape of Class A sprinting is going to be even more different than last year due to heavy graduation- especially in the 400m. All five sprint events experienced a major power outage. It will be interesting to see who will step up as the long season unfolds.

2015 Class A Girls Pre-Season Relays Preview Tony Jones Jan 18, 2015

There are some folks who think relays are for the fans, as if the coaches that put together fast units are doing it for fun or to supplement their egos. Yes, it is true that some schools pride themselves in being termed a "relay school." But by and large relays serve a greater purpose of scoring points that help teams score crucial points.