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2021 All-Area boys’ track and field: Meet the first team

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Kyle Burgoni

Unity senior

Sprints

➜ Why he made the first team: Burgoni was among the Class 2A leaders in the 100-meter dash and 200 the entire season, and he carried that early success into the 2A state meet en route to a first-place 100 performance (10.72 seconds) and a runner-up 200 effort (21.79).

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … any of my favorite rappers; I’ve only been to one concert in my life.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … low-density, high-carb food sources to make sure I go in with enough energy.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be a photographer for an NFL team.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … computer classes.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Usain Bolt, because I liked when he said, “I trained 14 years to run 9 seconds.”

➜ His favorite movie is … any of the Marvel movies.

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles and Danny Duncan.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … skydiving, watch the Olympics and see the Egyptian pyramids.

Brady Buss

St. Joseph-Ogden senior

Sprints

➜ Why he made the first team: Buss was the running leader on a roster filled with underclassmen and earned a quartet of Class 1A all-state finishes by taking third place in the 800-meter relay (1 minute, 31.16 seconds), fifth in the 100 (11.05), sixth in the 400 relay (44.14) and seventh in the 200 (22.97).

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Lil Baby.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … a peanut butter sandwich with bananas and honey.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be Tom Brady’s personal trainer.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … accounting.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Tom Brady.

➜ His favorite TV show is … “The Office.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Tom Brady, Conor McGregor and Adam Sandler.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … scuba diving, visit Hawaii and go to every MLB stadium.

Isaiah Chatman

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley senior

Sprints/hurdles

➜ Why he made the first team: Chatman wound up representing an entire program after injuries cost the Falcons most of their Class 1A state qualification spots. He proved up to the challenge, winning the 300-meter hurdles championship (39.11 seconds) and placing 16th in the 110 hurdles (16.39).

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Polo G.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … Subway.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be an entrepreneur and do real estate.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … business.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Michael Jordan.

➜ His favorite TV show is … “The Walking Dead.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Elon Musk, Martin Luther King Jr. and Michael Jordan.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … skydive, watch the Olympics in person and go on a game show.

Jameson Cluver

Watseka senior

Sprints

➜ Why he made the first team: Cluver accounted for at least a portion of both of his team’s Class 1A state meet berths, and the future Tennessee-Martin athlete made the most of his opportunities by winning the 400-meter dash in 49.89 seconds before helping the Warriors to 14th place in the 1,600 relay (3 minutes, 35.30 seconds).

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … 6ix9ine.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … a ham and cheese sandwich.

➜ In his dream career, he would … design the infrastructure of buildings.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … math.

➜ His favorite athlete is … LeBron James.

➜ His favorite TV show is … “Game of Thrones.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Kevin Hart.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … help Haiti, skydive and travel through Europe.

Jackson Gilbert

Urbana sophomore

Sprints/middle distance

➜ Why he made the first team: Gilbert rallied from an injury late in his soccer season and returned to the track to help the Tigers to a share of third place in the Class 2A meet. Gilbert anchored the state-champion 400-meter relay (42.11 seconds) and placed third in the 400 (49.63).

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Uzi.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … bread and fruit and drinks some type of electrolyte water.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be a veterinarian.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school … depends on who the teacher is for that class, but biology is pretty cool.

➜ His favorite athlete is … David Rudisha.

➜ His favorite TV show is … “Friends.”

Jeremiah Hamilton

Urbana senior

Sprints

➜ Why he made the first team: The Southern Illinois track and field signee won the Class 2A 200-meter dash (21.67 seconds), was part of a state-champion 400 relay (42.11) and was on a sixth-place 800 relay (1 minute, 30.83 seconds).

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Smino, an upcoming artist from St. Louis.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … a salami sandwich and drinks some water.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be an automotive engineer, though now I want to run a business that has cars in it.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … math. I like dealing with numbers.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Usain Bolt or Shaquille O’Neal.

➜ His favorite TV show is … “The Last Dance.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … my great-grandfather, Michael Jordan and Lauryn Hill.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … go to the Indy 500, go to the Olympics and get my master’s.

Tate Johnson

Salt Fork senior

Sprints/jumps

➜ Why he made the first team: Johnson was both the anchor and lone upperclassman on a pair of Class 1A state-qualifying relays, capping an 800-meter relay victory (1 minute, 31 seconds) and a runner-up 400 relay showing (43.35) on top of taking 20th in the triple jump (39 feet, 83/4 inches) as the Storm rolled to second place in the state team chase.

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Trippie Redd.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … oatmeal.

➜ In his dream career, he would … produce music.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … economics.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Michael Jordan.

➜ His favorite TV show is … “South Park.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Mark Twain, Mac Miller and Tupac.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … have a Ferrari, become wealthy and stop working at 25.

Nathan Kirby

Salt Fork sophomore

Sprints/hurdles

➜ Why he made the first team: Kirby stayed busy for the Storm at the Class 1A state meet, taking legs on a first-place 800-meter relay (1 minute, 31 seconds) and a second-place 400 relay (43.35) while also earning fourth place in the 110 hurdles (14.97) and 15th in the 300 hurdles (42.82).

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Polo G.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … granola bars and applesauce.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be an Olympian.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … food and nutrition.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Garrett Taylor.

➜ His favorite TV show is … “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Donald Trump, Steve Irwin and Phil Surprenant.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … win state in hurdles, race Phil Surprenant and have a lot of money.

Hayden Knott

St. Joseph-Ogden senior

Throws

➜ Why he made the first team: Knott paced the area all season long in both shot put and discus, and he fared well at the Class 1A state meet when he secured runner-up status in both events — shot put with a top throw of 54 feet, 91/2 inches and discus with a best throw of 164-3.

➜ He needs concert tickets to see … Garth Brooks.

➜ Before he competes, he eats … Skittles.

➜ In his dream career, he would … be a food critic.

➜ His favorite subject to study in school is … shop.

➜ His favorite athlete is … Zack Greinke.

➜ His favorite TV show is … “The Office.”

➜ If he could have dinner with any three people from any time period, he would pick … Gordon Ramsay, Joey Chestnut and Si Robertson.

➜ Three items on his bucket list are … find Bigfoot, catch a 10-pound bass and catch a shark.

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