CHS’s Riley McInerney finished third in state for both his junior and senior seasons.

We are celebrating performances by athletes who competed at Mattoon and Charleston high schools from 2010-20. If some of your favorites are left off this list, please forgive us. It’s a difficult task selecting only a few among so many talented athletes.

By Kyle Daubs

Let it be known: the real winner over the last 10 cross country seasons has been Eastern Illinois University. Over the past decade, Coles County has recruited several talented, local runners.

Our framework was this. Since a cross country team runs a total of seven runners at a meet, we went with our top seven runners. We apologized to one runner and added one for fun.

All-Decade Coles County Boys Cross Country Team

One for Fun: Jonah Moore (CHS Class of 2015): Moore’s first cross country race as a freshman was timed in 25 minutes, 51 seconds. In Moore’s senior year, Moore ran as CHS’s No. 5 runner with a time of 16:58.3, which helped the Trojans qualify for state as a team. 

Apologies to: Charles Osley (MHS Class of 2016). Osley tag-teamed with Mitchell Kremer as the lead runner for a Mattoon state qualifying team. However, he missed All-Apollo status by one place, but he led Mattoon at the IHSA sectional and at state with a time of 16:01. 

No. 7: Ross Osterday: CHS Class of 2017: Osterday was a dominant No. 2 runner during the state qualifying teams. However, in 2014, it was Osterday who led the Trojans in the IHSA sectional (13th overall) and a career-best of 15:38 at state. The following year, he took 10th at the sectional as the team qualified for state once again. 

No. 6: Mitchell Kremer: MHS Class of 2018: Kremer was part of the IHSA state qualifying team in 2015, and he qualified individually both his junior and senior seasons. Kremer ran a personal best 15:31 his junior season. 

No. 5: Colton Bell: CHS Class of 2017: Bell finished top 10 in the Apollo Conference three times, including runner-up his senior year. Bell ran the fifth best time in school history at 15:11 and was part of two state teams, including the IHSA Regional Championship team in 2015. His best finish was 30th at the state meet. Bell went on to run at Illinois State University. 

No. 4: Austin Ames: CHS Class of 2019: Ames became the fourth CHS runner to record All-State status by running to a 21st overall finish in the state meet. Ames, a teammate of Oakley’s, helped contribute to the conference and state teams. Ames also ran the seventh-best time in school history in 15:14. 

CHS’s Jonah Moore cut nearly 9 minutes from his 3-mile time over 4 years.

No. 3: Nick Oakley: CHS Class of 2018: Oakley ended his career with the 4th best time in school history by running a 15:00. His senior year, Oakley finished All-State by finishing 15th overall. Oakley was apart of two state-qualifying teams and two Apollo Conference champion teams. Oakley currently runs for EIU.

No. 2: Joe Calio: MHS Class of 2011: Finished as the best Mattoon runner in the decade. When Mattoon was part of the Big 12, he was the conference champion. He finished third in the state with a time of 14:50. He was the lead runner for the 2010 state-qualifying team. He also went on to have a great career at EIU. 

Joe Calio

No. 1: Riley McInerney: CHS Class of 2013: Finished the decade as the best cross country runner for the county. His 14:33 time is a school-record. He finished all-state three times, which included 18th overall in 2010, and third in both 2011 and 2012. He was the lead runner for the 2012 state qualifying team and went on to have a great career at EIU. 

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