CHARLESTON – In the Class 2A portion of the boys state track and field preliminaries on Friday, Dixon was the lone Sauk Valley team to see action.
On Saturday, Sterling and Rock Falls will get into the action. The Golden Warriors' Jonathon Landis and Rockets' Brayden Hamblen, both freshmen, will each run in the 3,200.
Landis is in Section No. 1, after posting a sectional time of 9 minutes, 47.11 seconds. Hamblen is in Section 2, with a sectional time of 9:44.31.
Dixon's Simon Thorpe has the third-best sectional time of 9:29.42. It was exceeded by only Joe Singleton of Glenbard South (9:24.47) and Alex Keeble of Mahomet-Seymour (9:27.58).
Better late than never: Geneseo's A.J. Marmion fouled on his first two attempts in the discus, then uncorked a throw of 169 feet, 5 inches on his final throw of the preliminaries.
It ended up being the best in Class 2A by an even 9 feet. As prelim distances carry over in jumps and throws, he is prime position to claim a state title.
Doubling up?: Cahokia won a Class 2A girls state championship last weekend with 61 points, seven more than runner-up Normal U-High.
The Cahokia boys have 13 finalists after the 2A preliminaries. Dunlap, with eight, has the next most.
In Class 1A, Aurora Christian won a girls championship last week with 49 points, four more than runner-up Tremont.
After Thursday's prelims, the Aurora Christian boys have eight finalists, one more than Newman, Teutopolis and Tuscola.
Weather update: Charleston's fickle weather has been a hot topic of discussion at the state track finals.
Last week, the girls meet was contested was over three glorious days.
For the Thursday's Class 1A boys preliminaries, there was a 4 1/2 hour delay for lightning. On Friday, it was ideal, with bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80s.
The forecast for Saturday, according to weather.com, is mostly sunny, a high of 85 degrees, and a 0 percent chance of rain.