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The B-Side: The Voice Bob Jelks Apr 16, 2014

The outdoor season is about to pick up as more meets on the boys and girls side take steps closer to the state meet. There are athletes with different levels of confidence and skill sets but there is one thing all athletes must deal with and that is the "Voice.”

Centennial Charger Boys Invite Recap Tony Jones Mar 9, 2014

When Champaign Centennial Head Coach Greg Walters and his staff created this ABC style meet over three seasons ago, the goal wasn’t about which team could score the most points in the three-tiered meet.  Rather it was more prudent for them in giving athletes an opportunity to experience success in an invitational format with like opponents.

Milesplit Illinois Weekend Four Preview Tony Jones Mar 7, 2014

The Illinois indoor season is finally in full swing as all parts of the state will be hosting key meets from now until the Monday if you count that day as part of the weekend extravaganza. Take a look at the key weekend action from around the state (editor note: additional info may be added Friday evening and night to preview).

Normal West Boys Invitational Preview Tony Jones Feb 27, 2014

Last weekend Principia College hosted a low-key invite with Troy (Triad) High School that turned out to be a solid indoor co-ed affair.  In that meet, there were two all-time records set in the field events. Lena Giger (Sr., Highland) broke the girls mark in the shot put with an enormous 49-9 effort.  On the boys side, it was Ja’Mari Ward of Cahokia who took matters a step further in the triple jump.  Ward broke the national sophomore record with an unbelievable 50-2.50 leap.

2014 Class 3A Boys Relays Pre-Season Preview Tony Jones Feb 10, 2014

This season will carry many hopes and dreams for teams and their fans who love relays.  It allows the whole team to feel that sense of team and” family.”  There will be opportunities for the traditionally strong squads as well as emerging units to move in and earn their place in IHSA annals.  The premier of all relays in Illinois is the 4x800m relay.  This video called the “Boys 4x800 Premier Event” proves that fact.

2014 Class 3A Girls Relays Pre-Season Preview Tony Jones Feb 6, 2014

    When it comes to big league relays things can be fierce. Over the past several years Illinois has made a name among the national conscious. For example, in 2012, Wheaton-Warrenville South and Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) proved that a friendly rival can produce dividends for all. It produced a state record and national spotlight for the land of Lincoln in the 4x800m relay. Relays can also be used as a prop for coaches to lull their competition in for other causes. For years, teams like E. St. Louis, Chicago Morgan Park, and Evanston would use relays in their quest to win a state championship. Sometimes the tactics worked and sometimes it didn’t. The 800m medley was an event that smart coaches with deep pockets would use as a throw away event. To them it didn’t make sense to run their best athletes in an event that would tax them too much later. Evanston coach Fenton Gunter has always felt that using a top 400 runner on a medley would kill that athlete’s ability to perform up to standard in other events later. For a team battling for a team trophy, quick decisions have to be made. Remember that relays only count for 10 points in Illinois- not 20 as they do in Texas. But then again that same runner could also be used to bait other teams in thinking they will be spent on a relay when it isn’t true. But remember that every quality sprinter must be able to run the 4×400 relay.