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Weekend Review 2: Lincoln-Way East Girls Take New York By Storm

by Tony Jones The tension is building every weekend and the one that just past was no exception.  With tremendous action happening on the east coast at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, and here statewide there is more than enough to keep you track fiends settled down. It probably should be fair to include Luke […]

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Another Super Weekend For Illinois Preps… more info to come!!

LWE 4x4 depth dominates/minooka.com photo

IL Prepster’s Weekend Review 2

by Tony Jones  This weekend may pale in comparison to the “Super weekend” that last weekend was, but it will be big on a few fronts.  At home here in Illinois is a slate of quality invites.  Friday evening will kick off the Dan Phillips Invite held at the refurbished Evanston Township High School field house.  […]


Class 2A Girls Team Preview: Springfield Southeast Has A Dead Aim For Four-Peat

by Tony Jones The question of the second, of the minute, of the hour, of the day, and of the year is ‘how can we beat Springfield Southeast?’ The answer is probably no one considering the Lady Spartans will return its two best athletes on the track and in the field.  Charday Crawford is the […]

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2013 Class 1A GirlsTeam Preview: Moweaqua Central A & M Ready To Repeat

by Tony Jones Don’t expect a great deal of change from some of the key teams this spring.  Yes, the likes of Gibson-City-Melvin-Sibley and St. Joe Ogden will surely fade out of medal contention, but the usual suspects will be there.  Moweaqua Central A&M, South Holland (Seton Academy), Sullivan, and Decatur (St. Teresa) are teams […]


Class A Boys Team Preview: Chicago Leo Aims For Three-Peat

by Tony Jones The landscape of the Class A team track and field scene should be a familiar one for the loyal fanbase this spring.  It will more than likely entail Chicago (Leo Catholic) as the team to beat.  The rest of the best could unite and still be chasing the bunch from the far […]

St. Iggy team champs/Tony Harris photo

Illinois Prepster Weekend Review 1

by Tony Jones & Carina Coss There is a lot of emphasis put on indoor track on the east coast… and rightfully so.  The Midwest is also strong in the undercover stuff. Indoor track is extremely strong in the land of Lincoln.  So, it should not be any surprise to see meet performances improve greatly […]

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Edwardsville, Belleville West Shine Bright In Champaign

by Tony Jones Champaign, Ill- The big showdown between friendly rivals Edwardsville and Belleville West was supposed to commence February 22, at the Normal West Indoor Invitational.  However, that affair was cancelled due to inclement weather.  Now fast forward to the first weekend in March, it indeed was the ripe time to knock off a […]

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Edwardsville Makes Big Statement In Charger Invitational

-Edwardsville’s Julian Harvey sets 2 meet & school records (lj- 22’3, hj- 6’6) -Caleb Beck (Oswego) produces fine 9:26.57/4:30.45 double -Jonathan Boey (Decatur MacArthur) wins 55/200 -Luke Vaughn (Centennial) stays at IL#3 in SP with massive 58-1.5 win RESULTS

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Super Weekend Meet Preview

Superlatives are sometimes fun… well, the Illinois track and field season is finally in full swing with March Madness type fervor, it will indeed be termed “The Super weekend” with a ton of top flight action around the state. The featured 2nd Annual Charger Invitational promises to be one of the most exciting and fun […]

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Downers South Relays Turns Out Another Monday Night Classic!

by Tony Jones MEET RESULTS Lincoln-Way East girls almost pulled off two meet breaking feats last evening inside the cozy North Central College Recreation Center for the Mustang Relays Monday evening.  The Lady Griffins broke one record and won another one in easily besting their competition.  The Minooka boys got revenge in winning the 4×4 after […]

Aaliyah Brown thirsts for another relay title

Downers Grove South Mustang Relays Preview

by Tony Jones Meet program Location: North Central College Recreation Center; 440 South Brainard Street, Naperville IL Track size: 200m Super X Mondo surface. Schedule of events: 5:30p- doors open 6:00p- deadline for scratches (scratches only) 6:30p- Girls 4x800m (3 heats) 7:15p- Boys 4x800m (3 heats) 7:45p- Girls 4x200m (6 heats) 8:15p- Boys 4x200m (6 […]

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2013 Class 3A Boys Distance Preview

Despite a reduction of top talent due to graduation, the distance arena will still be the crème de la crème in Illinois track and field land.  The face cards have changed and new leaders will emerge from last season to cross country and finally through the winter training prologue.  The three events: 3200, 800, 1600 should exhibit some […]

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2013 Class 3A Girls Sprints And Hurdles Preview

by Tony Jones There is no doubt that 3A girls sprints have been hotter than a stove over the past four years.  But things could be cooling down a bit after the 2013 season.  The main reason will be that the Aaliyah Brown legacy is finally coming to a peak.  The megastar’s premier goal will […]

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2013 Class 3A Boys Relays Preview

by Tony Jones 2012 was a special year in many respects for the relays.  It was the first time in decades that the Chicago Public League came alive and became relevant among the state consciousness.  The CPL won three of the four relays at the state championship.  This feat may not happen again for a […]

Mayweather will attempt to state his case this season/STL Today image

2013 Class 3A Boys Sprints and Hurdles Preview

by Tony Jones There are mixed opinions on the state of big league sprints in this state depending on who is doing the speaking.  From the elder perspective, it seems like times could be faster but there is no Cahokia or E. St. Louis to push the rest of the state.  However, if you were […]


2013 Class 3A Boys Field Events Preview

2012 was a great year for field events as the creme rose to the top in every event.  It also was the feeding ground for Roselle (Lake Park) winning another state team title.  2013 is a new year but the same frenzy may continue because the Lancers return a ton of talent in five of […]

Aaliyah Brown thirsts for another relay title

2013 Class 3A Girls Relays Preview

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, 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 […]

Maddie Perez and Emma Spencer

2013 Class 3A Girls Distance Preview

by Tony Jones There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a girls distance running renaissance nationally with all-time performances led by Mary Cain (Jr., Bronxville, NY) and Sarah Baxter (Sr., Simi Valley, CA).  But locally where things matter more, the homegrown girls have done very well in recent years.  There have […]

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2013 Class 3A Girls Field Events Preview

The quality of the state championship is going to be interesting on many fronts this season with major team and individual implications on the line.  As it is frequently mentioned, team championships are often won in the field.  Edwardsville followed the same blue print as their other classification peers in seizing the opportunity to rack […]

The 2013 distance landscape will be vastly different from '12/R. McInerney photo

2013 2A Boys Distance Preview

by Tony Jones Distance running fans better get their 2013 school classification chart cheat sheets out.  There are going to be so many classification changes, it will be virtually impossible to track your favorite runner.  For example, cross country state championship Chicago Jones and its athletes will relocate to Class 3A.  According to head coach […]

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2013 Class 2A Girls Sprints And Hurdles Preview

by Tony Jones This is what we do know about the sprint and hurdling talents of Shamier Little (Sr., Chicago Lindblom) and Charday Crawford (Sr., Springfield Southeast: 1) They both are at the top of the food chain in the 2A ranks as far as the universe stretches; 2) They both will have a say […]

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2013 Class 2A Girls Distance Preview

There are going to be a lot of variables that decide what is going to happen in the distance arena this season.   For starters, the classification changes moving athletes and teams from Class 1A to 3A and then in reverse is going to play havoc with the quality of the competition.  Secondly, indoor track vs. […]

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Kandie Seeks To Soar The Highest On The Bloch

story by Tony Jones Maybe you have heard of her or maybe you haven’t.  But one thing is for certain after this season, Kandie Bloch (Sr., Argenta-Oreana) will no longer be a mystery among the track and field fandom.  Bloch emerged from a 5-6 jumper as a sophomore to Class A state champion last year […]

Hurdles will be strong in '13

2013 Class A Girls Sprints/Hurdles Preview

  Sprint-oriented events are the bread and butter of track and field whether you like it or not.  There are a lot of coaches that will build their teams around just a handful of talent because points can be racked up very quickly in a state final setting.  This year’s crop of talent will be […]


Grant Nykaza: Poised To Be At The Top Of The Class

by Tony Jones You would be hard-pressed to find a better distance runner as well as popular runner overall than Grant Nykaza in the state of Illinois.  The senior lad who hails from the tiny community of Beecher has earned the ultimate respect from his peers by becoming one of the best runners over the past two years […]

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Courtney Clayton: The Queen Of Illinois Middle Distance Is Ready For Big Season

Produced by Tony Jones/images by C. Clayton Over the past decade the state of Illinois has seen a resurgence of fast times in the middle-distance races from the girls.  Arguably, they may be better than their male counterparts on the state and national levels.  The list is long if you consider the likes of Samantha […]


Exclusive Interview: Angelo Brown Brings The Illinois Elite Heat

Story by Tony Jones/images by D. Pierre Behind every successful athlete is someone that is a mentor, coach, counselor, or role model.  In superstar Aaliyah Brown’s case, the Supreme force in her life happens to be her father Angelo Brown.  The aforementioned adjectives seem to fit the senior Brown like a glove.  In addition, the many […]

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EIU Stadium Renewal: Football Field & Track Stadium

Although it is the beginning of the indoor track season, it’s never too early to start thinking about the outdoor campaign.  Soon enough it will be May and time to flock to Eastern Illinois University and O’Brien Field for the state championship.  Below are a few photos of the progress of the stadium operation.  It was […]

Meet Coverage

Champaign Centennial Charger Invite Heat Sheet

                                                  University of Illinois               Hy-Tek’s MEET MANAGER  1:47 PM  2/28/2013  Page 1                 Meet Program – Charger […]


Argo Invite

Argo Boys Indoor Invitational Licensed to Argo Community High School HY-TEK’s Meet Manager 3/9/2013 Boys 55 Meter Dash Varsity ============================================================================ Name Year School Seed Prelims H# ============================================================================ Preliminaries 1 Thompson, Marvell 12 Thornton Fra 6.85 6.8Q 1 2 Whittler, Tyler 12 Crete-Monee 6.65 6.9Q 3 3 Thomas, Tevorri 12 Morton (Berw 6.50 6.9Q 2 4 […]