The Illinois United Youth Sports Programs increased the number of participants qualified for the Junior Olympics in its second year of existence. Coach Marcus Bates says, “he’s more excited then ever to give young kid in Springfield the change to compete in sports at the highest levels”, who may not have the necessary means for competition travel, event registration fees, etc.
Robert Williams Lauren Ferguson N’dia Jackson Jaylen Gary and Deja Anderson all make their returns back to the national stage, while 1st year athletes Qa’Ron Hawkins, William Crawford DaShawn Brownlee Tori Taylor and Jocelyn Anderson, all make their debuts.
Several athletes go into this year’s meet with the opportunity to finish in the top percent in the nation and get an ALL-AMERICAN opportunity. Lauren Ferguson the highest placer for IU last year returns in the 400m hurdles while also adding Long Jump to her impressive track and field resume. Robert Williams comes into nationals with one of the favorite times to place top 8 in the nation in both of his events. Deja Anderson currently holds the #1 Long Jump in the nation for 13 year old girls and looks to make a big jump as national champ at this years event. DaShawn Brownlee has a great chance to become triple crown and place top 8 in 3 events; 100, 200 and 400. Jocelyn Anderson, younger sister of Deja makes her national debut in the Long Jump competition after a minor set back at regionals. She recently bounced back with her best jump in the 10 year old girls division.
Illinois United – Track & Field Team Roster
Robert Williams (17-19Boys)-110 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles
Lauren Ferguson (17-19Girls)-400 Hurdles Long Jump
N’dias Jackson (17-19G)-100 Hurdles
Qa’Ron Hawkins (17-19B)-Triple Jump, Long Jump
Jaylen Gary (17-19B)-High Jump
William Crawford (17-19B)-Discus
Deja Anderson (13G)-100m Dash Long Jump
DaShawn Brownlee (13B)-400m Dash 100,200
Tori Taylor (14G)-200m Hurdles Long Jump High Jump
Jocelyn Anderson (10G)-Long Jump
Nikeya Walker (13G)-Long Jump
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IC Esports Falls to Maryland, 2-0
The Illinois College esports team fell in Week 2 of the Upsurge Premier League to the University of Maryland, a team who reached the semifinals of Riot Games League of Legends Collegiate championship last season.
After an even contest in the first match that ended 18-13, Maryland had a dominant performance in the second match winning 25-10.
Illinois College falls to 0-2 in the Upsurge Premier League.
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IC Falls in Upsurge Premier League Opener
PRESS RELEASE | The Illinois College esports team lost to Skizm Esports, 2-0, on Tuesday night. To start off the competition for the school year, IC is playing in the Upsurge Premier League. Upsurge had over 65 teams apply to be in the premier league, with the top 24 teams being chosen. Illinois College was one of those 24 teams.
The first matchup came against Skizm Esports, an amateur organization founded in 2016. Its roster is compiled of three players currently in masters in the League of Legends ladder (top 600 players in North America), as well as one player in Diamond 2 and one player in Diamond 3.
The first game ended in 33 minutes with a final kill score of 25-14 in favor of Skizm. Game 2 ended in 30 minutes with a final kill score of 15-7 in favor of Skizm.
Illinois College falls to 0-1 in the Upsurge Premier League. Play resumes against the University of Maryland on Oct. 2.
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