News and Announcements

Parkside Bound!!!!

Posted by Justin Hensley at Oct 9, 2021 5:56PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

First, Great job by everyone! You’ve all done a great job this year. Everyone gave a serious effort today and all season. Every one of you deserves to feel extremely proud of yourselves.

Emily and Emmalyn have 1 BIG race left! The 2 girls ran the gauntlet and qualified for the State Final. The Final will be held at Parkside Jr. High School in Normal (Maxwell Park) next Saturday. We, luckily, have the 1st race of the day (9:30 a.m.). All runners who would like to come along and give support to the girls are welcome and the bus will leave KJHS @ 6:15 am.

Today Emily became the 3rd IESA XC Sectional Champion from Knoxville, joining Emmalyn (2020) and Bailey Harris (2016 & 2017). In doing so, she set a new PR for herself! Emmalyn took the 2nd individual qualifier spot by finishing in 4th. This finish shows you a taste of how the State Final will go. The top 4 girls finished in a span of :04 with Emmalyn and the 2 girls from Dunlap finishing in a span of :00.9. Madilyn powered through an injury and left everything from the past 4 years on the course for her final Jr. High race. 2021 rookies: Aubrey, Emi, Sydnee, and Natalie experienced a tough Sectional pairing for the 1st time and represented all of us with determination and pride.

Congratulations to Levi, who set a new PR for himself, leading the boys in the final race of the day. Carter gave a great effort and finished not-to-far behind. Daniel, in his final race, left it all out on the hills. Derek fought bravely and got close to his PR. Will gave his best effort and proved, once again, to himself that he can do more when he believes in himself.

Great job all!

With the exception of Emily and Emmalyn, NO RUNNING for the rest of you for 10 days. Then, get back in the swing of things. Try running 3 days a week for maintenance. Remember…..running helps you out with all other activites, not just competition.

I’ve posted the team results for the race today in the “Documents” section and you can see the full results by clicking:

I’ll be in touch over the next few weeks to let you know when we will meet for uniform turn-in and Awards night.

Halloween Hustle 5K for United Way

Posted by Justin Hensley at Sep 21, 2021 5:37PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

At least a few of the team members are planning on running the Halloween Hustle 5k for United Way in Kewanee. The race is being held on Oct. 30 @ 10:00 am. If you’re interested in participating, Click the following link for race registration/ information.


Posted by Justin Hensley at Aug 29, 2021 7:22PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

As in the past, I’ve created a form in the page list called “The Candle Hutch Candles/Melts”. If you would like to order more candles/melts, simply click on the folder and fill out the form. Once completed and submitted, it will report to me and I’ll arrange to have them poured for you. In the past, these items have proven to be great Christmas gifts and easy to stock your home inventory for the Holiday Season. We will continue to receive 50% of all candles and melts sold. I will be taking orders via the webpage form through November 30. I’ve also added 2 scents to the order form that are excellent for the upcoming holidays: Mistletoe @ Harvest.

I’ve also added the new : Hand-Made Rustic Wooden Bowl 3-wick Candle. It is pictured in the image attached to this announcement. You are also able to buy refill kits for the wooden bowls. Because of the expense associated with the hand carved bowls and the refill kits, the team will receive $10 for each bowl candle ordered and $5 for each refill kit.

I’ve attached an informational document to this post which contains additional information on all 4 products and descriptions of each scent.

Thank you for all that you contribute to this program!

The document CANDLE_HUTCH_INFORMATION_SHEET.docx was attached to this post.

Follow Our Race Results

Posted by Justin Hensley at Jul 2, 2021 2:38PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

You will be able to follow our/ your runner’s personal race results during the season on our team website and also on Those of you involved in Track this past season should be familiar with this website. It’s a great website for tracking progress and it also ranks each athlete according to class, state, and national standing. If you have an account from Track Season, you simply need to follow the XC team page or click on the Team Code link at the bottom. If you do not already have an account, it’s free to create once you click on the Team Code.

Team Code link:


Posted by Justin Hensley at May 31, 2021 3:43AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Get prepared for the summer and the Fall Cross Country Season.

Take the best care of your feet as possible.

Bring the attached flyer into Drew or Amy @ 6140RUN for a TEAM DISCOUNT on a pair of running shoes. Take a few minutes to have your student’s feet and stride analyzed for a match to the perfect pair of running shoes.

The document SHOE_DISCOUNT_FLYER.docx was attached to this post.