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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Siblings on top for Runnin’ Red

  • Two Metamora Township High School track and field athletes led the Runnin’ Red in the Mid-Illini Conference and both qualified for the state tournament.

    The two aren’t just classmates, but brother and sister.
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  • Two Metamora Township High School track and field athletes led the Runnin’ Red in the Mid-Illini Conference and both qualified for the state tournament.
    The two aren’t just classmates, but brother and sister.
    Senior Cal and sophomore Gillian Urycki combined for seven spots on the Mid-Illini Conference first team and helped the Metamora track team all year to victories.
    Cal has just finished his last year as a MTHS student and will be attending Southern Illinois University in the fall. He said he hopes to become a teacher at the high school level.
    The brother and sister had an early start in the track and field business. Their mother, Denise Urycki, was a track and field athlete at Moline High School in the Quad Cities and was given a full-ride scholarship to Drake University.
    “It was always nice having her around because she always knew what she was talking about. If we needed stuff she could always give us some pointers,” Cal said.
    Cal made his first state appearance in eighth grade and Gillian won the high jump her seventh and eighth grade years.
    “With my mom being a head coach, after school I would always be over and sit through practice with them until it was over and I would have to go to meets too. I’ve pretty much been around track forever,” Gillian said.
    This past track season, Cal and Gillian both qualified for the state meet.
    Cal qualified in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles but did not make it past the preliminaries. He qualified for the same two events in the 2013 season as well.
    Gillian qualified for the long jump and finished in fifth place at 17-feet-5.5-inches. She then completed the high jump in the finals at 5-04 for fourth.
    “This year, it wasn’t a good jumping day. I still jumped all right but I could have done a lot better. It was still nice to be there and to have the opportunity to jump,” Gillian said.
    Also at state, Gillian ran with Lauren DeLuca, Danica Dragoo and Alexis Grieves in the 4x00 for third place.
    In the M-I track meet at Dunlap May 8, Gillian broke a previous Metamora M-I record in the 400 set by Amanda Duvendack. Gillian ran for 58.30 to break the 2010 record time of 58.54.
    Page 2 of 2 - Aside from track, Cal has been involved in other activities at MTHS. He was the president of the Key Club and graduated with silver cords for his service hours.
    Cal missed out on the 2013 football season due 
    to nerve issues in his back and hip.
    Gillian will be entering her third year playing volleyball as an outside hitter for MTHS in the fall. She earned second-team all conference last season.
    “I like them both. Volleyball is more of a team sport, you’ll need a them to back you up. Track’s more individual,” Gillian said. “As much as I love track I love volleyball just as much.”
    Cal said, even though Metamora is a football town the track and field program has its fair share of fans.
    “You don’t see as many track fans as football fans in Metamora but the track fans you do see are really supportive and really follow the kids who do well,” Cal said.
    “You always felt like you were running for the town.”

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