2022 All-Area Men’s Cross Country: Meet the First Team | Sports







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Jackson Barrett, Tuscola, during filming of Faces of Fall 2022 at the News-Gazette in Champaign on Saturday, August 6, 2022.




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tuscola junior

Why did the first team:

  • Barrett was a consistent top-two contributor for the Warriors on their way to a 12th-ranked team finish in Class 1A state competition. He, too, was 12th individually in that event, posting a time of 15 minutes, 49.18 seconds, and placed second at the Tuscola regional and sectional meets.

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  • a banana, an apple and peanut butter cookies.

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  • “Sponge Bob Square Pants.”

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  • David Goggins and John F. Kennedy.

Three items on your wish list are…

  • win a state trophy, have a pet duck and win a big challenge in Clash Royale.






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Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond senior

Why did the first team:

  • Beckmier continued to carry the banner of the Knights’ long-distance running success even as the team struggled to consistently field five athletes. He placed 10th at the Class 1A state meet with a time of 15 minutes, 47.68 seconds and was the third place finisher in both his regional and sectional.

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If I could have dinner with any three people from any era, I would choose…

  • Phil Knight, Michael Jordan and Pete Maravich.

Three items on your wish list are…

  • visit a different country, run a marathon and go skydiving.






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Nick Bonn, Champaign Central, during the filming of Faces of Fall 2022 at the Champaign News-Gazette on Saturday, August 6, 2022.




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Champaign Central senior

Why did the first team:

  • Bonn could be consistently relied on to serve as the Maroons’ No. 1 or No. 2 running back. He earned 52nd place in the Class 2A state final with a time of 16 minutes, 38.78 seconds after placing 12th in his sectional and sixth in his regional, also helping Central to a 13th-ranked team in the state.

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  • be an environmental engineer or chemist.

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Your favorite athlete is…

Your favorite TV show is…

If I could have dinner with any three people from any era, I would choose…

  • Steve Prefontaine, my cross country coach and Weird Al Yankovic.

Three items on your wish list are…

  • Go to the world track and field championships, run 2 miles in under 9:45, and learn how to make a meal other than pasta and meatballs.






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Bryson Grant, IW, during the filming of Faces of Fall 2022 at the News-Gazette in Champaign on Saturday, August 6, 2022.




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Iroquois West senior

Why did the first team:

  • Grant was the top local finisher in the Class 1A state meet, with a time of 15 minutes and 42.44 seconds in eighth place. He won a regional championship and placed third in his sectional, and also crossed the finish line first in 11 of the Raiders’ regular-season games.

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  • The script and Fall Out Boy.

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  • win a gold medal at the Olympics.

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Your favorite TV show is…

  • Documentary “The Last Dance”.

If I could have dinner with any three people from any era, I would choose…

  • Jesus Christ, Steve Prefontaine and David Goggins.






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Aaron Hendron, Centennial, during the Faces of Fall 2022 photo call at the News-Gazette in Champaign on Saturday, August 6, 2022.




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senior centennial

Why did the first team:

  • Our runner of the year ran each of his last six 3-mile races under 16 minutes, including the Class 2A state final in which he posted a 13th-place time of 15 minutes, 57.39 seconds. Hendron won a regional championship individually and placed fifth in his section, also winning the Twin City Meet locally.

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If I could have dinner with any three people from any era, I would choose…

  • Sun Tzu, Charles Darwin and LeBron James.

Three items on your wish list are…

  • go to a different country, visit all the national parks and go scuba diving.






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Josiah Hortin, Tuscola, during the filming of Faces of Fall 2022 at the Champaign News-Gazette on Saturday, August 6, 2022.




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tuscola junior

Why did the first team:

  • Hortin and teammate Jackson Barrett gave the Warriors a powerful 1-2 blow en route to a 12th-seed effort in the Class 1A state meet. Hortin was ranked 17th individually at the state level with a time of 16 minutes, 1.98 seconds, after winning individual regional and sectional championships.

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  • peanut butter toast and a banana.

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  • “Everyone hates Chris.”

If I could have dinner with any three people from any era, I would choose…

  • Mike Tyson, LeBron James and Kevin Hart.

Three items on your wish list are…

  • win a state trophy, win a sectional basketball championship, and sit front row at a Game 7 of the NBA Finals.






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Champaign Central Freshman

Why did the first team:

  • Mathias battled injury during his freshman season in high school, but still excelled, leading the Maroons to 13th in the state Class 2A team standings. He ran as high as 24th with a state time of 16 minutes, 7.02 seconds and placed seventh in his sectional race, and was also runner-up at the Twin City Meet.

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  • Taylor Swift midnight tour.

Before competing, eat…

  • overnight oats and some rice cakes.

In the career of his dreams, he…

  • be a professional athlete.

Her favorite subject to study in school is…

Your favorite athlete is…

Your favorite TV show is…

If I could have dinner with any three people from any era, I would choose…

  • Steve Prefontaine, Nick Symmonds and Lex Young.

Three items on your wish list are…

  • skydiving, bungee jumping and running a marathon.

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