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Local Youth Athletes Shine at AAU Junior Olympics

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PRESS RELEASE: Des Moines, IA Drake University AAU Junior Olympics

Day 3-Day 7 updates

AAU Junior Olympics are held in Des Moines IA at Drake University.
Monday, Day 3 started the running events for Illinois United. Athletes were welcomed by “The Greatest Olympian of All Time” Carl Lewis. No, he didn’t sing the national anthem, but it was great for the kids to be able to meet such a legendary American Olympian.

“At IU(Illinois United) we believe in a fun, family oriented environment for our athletes and parents. Regardless of placing results, the main thing we focus on are personal bests.” Coach Ronell Hawkins Robert Williams started the day off strong for Illinois United. Entering his race with the 3rd fastest time. Robert was pushed to not only PR 54.07 seconds finish a very close 2nd place in his heat. Qualifying for the finals with the 3 fastest time, and only .06 seconds from the nations fastest time. Robert had already accomplished goal 1, #1 hurdler in Illinois. Now time for the finals. Robert ran a great race, his best race of his 400m hurdle career (6 races). Finishing 3rd in the nation, with another PR and goal of breaking into 53 seconds, 53.81. Robert is the 1st top 3 national finisher for Illinois United, and 2nd All American in consecutive years. Lauren Ferguson, the programs 1st All American, and national placer, didn’t have the week she had planned for. She was in a very tough heat of the 400m hurdles, and expected to reach the finals as a high favorite. Unfortunately she placed 3rd in her heat and placing 24th overall, not making the finals.
On a brighter note, her college recruiting has started, with several coaches reaching out with great interest in bringing her talents to their beach, or farm land.

“I am very happy with the progress Lauren, and Robert are making in the 400 meter hurdles. This event is not ran in Illinois, and for them to come out and compete at a national level in the event shows the amount of talent these two have”-Coach Marcus Bates.

Jaylen Gary, class of 2019, placed 14th overall in 15-16 boys high jump. Coming in new and the youngest of the 17-19 group, Jay finished tied for 9th in high jump, and 1 jump away from being top 8, and All American status. Deja Anderson, of Springfield Grant had a tough week the national stage. She was the number 3 seed in her heat for the 13year old girls 100 meter dash, behind by .063 seconds from a 1 seed. She placed 2nd in her heat, but unfortunately the top 24 advance, Deja tied for 24th, but because of the wind aided times was pushed to 25th. Both ran 12.91, but Deja had a wind time of 1.9 and #24 1.8, pushing Deja to 25th. She was a heavy favorite in the girls long jump, but just could not stick 1 jump and scratched 3 jumps. Younger sister Jocelyn Anderson also jumped in the 11 year old long jump. In her 1st year in T&F Jocelyn placed 12th in the nation with a PR jump of 13’05’’ QaRon Hawkins also a 1st year qualifier in mens 17-19 Long Jump and Triple Jump had a good weekend of experience. Quoted saying, “Im coming back with vengeance next year” not placing where he wanted as a competitor.

William Crawford graduate of Lanphier High School, qualified in the mens 17-19 discus throw, placing in the top 50 national, at number 50. Will plans to attend Western Illinois this January. Nikeya Walker got her national wings clipped this weekend, competing as well in the 13 year old girls long jump. Nikeya jumped a PR 12’06’’ and looks to transition to middle school track and field this spring.

“I am extremely proud of our athletes, each one competed tough and gave it their all. I am proud to say we have the best hurdle crew in the State of Illinois, and any athlete looking to get better in the hurdles before next track seasons feel free to contact me. We will begin the schedule for our winter indoor season, which is open to any ages 5-high school. We have growth, which was the primary goal, luckily enough we have some dawgs in our program and have yet another All American hurdler in Springfield Il. Next year we are aiming for National Champion for a few athletes, and look again to take a bigger group. July 24th-Aug 3rd 2019 Greensboro, North Carolina look out for Illinois United” – Coach Marcus Bates

 

 

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IC Esports Keeps Rolling with Win over Missouri Valley

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The Illinois College esports team improved to 4-1 in the Riot League of Legends Tournament after a 2-0 victory over Missouri Valley College on Saturday.

Game 1 started off slow for IC as Missouri Valley was able to pick up  an early gold lead, but that didn’t last for very long. Once laning phase ended, IC was able to pick up two favorable team fights, one of which ended in a clean 5-for-0 ace and baron. After baron was taken, IC was able to push to take structures in their base and end the game.

Game 1 ended in 26:44 with a final kill score of 15-7 in favor of IC. Stat leaders of game 1 go to Dalton “Prankuru” Swaino with a KDA of 8/0/7 and 37% of the team’s damage, followed by Adam “IC Chill” Lee with a KDA of 2/4/8 and 30% of the team’s damage.

Game 2 was much closer and went back and forth for most of the game. Missouri Valley focused heavily on shutting down the top half of the map, which enabled IC’s bottom lane to win 2v2 matchups and let the jungler free farm on the champion Karthus, which made teamfighting very easy once laning phase ended.

Game 2 ended at 35:58 with a final kill score of 21-15 in favor of IC. Stat leaders for game 2 go to Tony “King Me” Bautista-Foti with a KDA of 9/2/6 and 28% of the team’s damage, followed by Dylan “IC Storm” Cawthon with a KDA of 3/5/10 and 24% of the team’s damage.

This result improves IC’s record to 4-1 in Riot’s College League of Legends tournament. With one more win, IC will clinch a playoff berth in the North Conference. The next match is scheduled for March 2 at 3 p.m. with the opponent to still be decided.

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Cincinnati Prevails over IC Esports in Clash of Unbeatens

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Week 3 of Collegiate League of Legends was played against the University of Cincinnati on Friday night, with both teams coming into the week with a record of 2-0.

Game 1 was a very slow-paced game in the early game, with Illinois College playing towards the top side of the map and Cincinnati playing towards their bot side of the map. This showed by substantial farm leads in those lanes for the respective teams. The first major clash came at the 18 minute mark, where Cincinnati took a map bonus and four kills.

IC was able to stay in the game by stealing another map bonus at the 27 minute mark, but the Cincinnati long-game strategy paid off, and IC was constantly on the back foot. Game 1 ended at 37 minutes with a final score of 19-5 in favor of Cincinnati. Stat leaders for IC were Dalton “Prankuru” Swaino with a KDA of 3/3/0 and 34% of the team’s damage, followed by Adam “IC Chill” Lee with a KDA of 0/3/2 and 29% of the team’s damage.

Game 2’s early game was very similar to game 1 as IC’s top lane and Cincinnati’s bot lane both received jungle attention and this showed with substantial farm leads for both teams. There was not much action for the majority of the game, but Cincinnati was able to keep control with a strong bot lane and great macro decisions by taking dragons on spawn.

Cincinnati was able to take baron at 22 minutes and push to end shortly after. Game 2 ended at 25:30 with a final kill score of 11-4 in favor of Cincinnati. Stat leaders for IC were Dalton “Prankuru” Swaino with a KDA of 2/1/0 and 38% of the team’s damage followed by Adam “IC Chill” Lee with a KDA of 2/3/0 and 25% of the team’s damage.

This result pushes IC to 2-1 in Riot’s College League of Legends tournament.  The next match is scheduled for February 16th at 3 p.m. with the opponent to still be determined.

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IC Esports Improves to 2-0 with Win over Northern Illinois

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Week 2 of Collegiate League of Legends was played against Northern Illinois University, as both teams came into week to with a record of 1-0.

Game 1 was a very macro-oriented game with not much action throughout. NIU took a slight advantage near the nine minute mark, but IC stopped them from capitalizing on it. Dalton “Prakuru” Swaino helped tie up the NIU team, and prevent them from executing their game plan.

Around 28 minutes was when IC was finally able to get baron and start to take structures in NIU’s base.  Shortly after, IC was able to end the game at 31:27 with a final score of 10-3.

Game 2 was a jungle-dominated game in favor of IC and Dylan “IC Storm” Cawthon. NIU attempted long-game strategy, but IC effectively countered this with early pressure, scoring four points in the first ten minutes. This early pressure turned into a strong mid game for IC and their eventual victory 20-6 in 26:32.

Stat leaders of game 2 go to Dylan “IC Storm” Cawthon with a KDA of 11/1/2 and 32% of the team’s overall damage, followed by Dalton “Prankuru” Swaino with a KDA of 2/2/4 and dealing 28% of the team’s overall damage.

This result pushes IC to 2-0 in Riot’s College League of Legends tournament. The next match is scheduled for February 9 at 3 p.m. with the opponent to still be decided.

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