By Mike Monahan

The Green Wave boys have reason to expect good things as six of the seven back from last year and with three of them seniors the goals are high for coach Troy Haacke, who also coaches the girls. 

“Brock (Davee), Sam Ferrar and Chase Armstrong, who all ran great at the mile repeats Thursday,” said Haacke. “Brock is a returning all-Apollo Conference runner and Sam had been 11th twice in the meet so both are highly motivated.”

Davee was 11th in the sectional with a time of 16 minutes, 23.79 last fall and was fourth in the Apollo Conference meet with a time of 16:12.50. Ferrar was 17th in the conference meet (17:43.10) and Armstrong was 35th (18:42.60). 

“Chase also has been working hard, and I believe he will have his best year,” said Haacke. “Cale Fogerty, Colton Smith, and Aiden Hudson are all returning and are also off to a great start. They look really strong and have shown growth from last season.”

Mattoon was second in the conference meet last year. 

There are a total of three seniors, a junior and three sophomores on the Green Wave boys team.

“As far as team goals we want to place in the conference as high as possible, advance to Sectionals as a team and hopefully qualify individually for state,” said Haacke. 


Mattoon lost Kylie Haacke, now running at Eastern Illinois, who earned a medal at the unofficial state meet in Chillicothe with a time of 19:44.90. 

The team has no seniors and only one junior. There are three sophomores and four freshmen for a total of eight. 

“We are really young on the girls’ side; Oakley Layton has put in a lot of work and has improved tremendously,” said coach Haacke of the sophomore. 

Hallee Perry, another sophomore who was 47th in the Apollo Conference meet, is the top returning girl for MHS. 

“Perry has improved and has a year of experience,” said Haacke. “We have several underclassmen all new to the team in sophomore Bella Smith along with freshmen Ayden Buckler, Zealand Saunders, Bri Armstrong and Imani McGee. They are adjusting well to high school training and I think we will see a lot of improvements throughout the year. It will be exciting and rewarding to watch the improvements and confidence grow as we continue through the season. I want them to enjoy running and competing and continue to improve.” 

Mattoon will host Charleston at Lake Land College Friday at 5:30 p.m. while the conference meet is scheduled for Oct. 12 at Effingham. 


Boys (left), Girls (right)

Brock Davee12Kaylin Richey11
Chase Armstrong12Oaklie Layton10
Sam Ferrar12Bella Smith10
Cale Fogarty11Hallee Perry10
Aiden Hudson10Zealand Sanders9
Colton Smith10Ayden Buckler9
Ryan Bridges10Brie Armstrong9
Imani McGhee9


[all home meets are at Lake Land College]

Aug. 26 CHARLESTON (5:30 p.m.) 

Sept. 4 at Charleston Invite (at Eastern Illinois Trails), 9 a.m.; Sept. 11 at Peoria Invite (Detweiller Park), 11 a.m.; Sept. 16 at Decatur MacArthur Invite (Hickory Point Golf Course), 4:30 p.m.; Sept. 18 at Olney Invite (Olney Central College) 10 a.m.; Sept. 22 MATTOON INVITE (Amtrak Station through town), 4 p.m.; Sept. 30 at Robinson Invite (Nuttall Middle School) 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 2 at Peoria Invite (Detweiller Park) 9:30 a.m.; Oct. 7 at Decatur Eisenhower (South Shore Elementary), 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 9 at Cumberland Invite (Lake Land College) 9 a.m.; Oct. 12 at Effingham Apollo Conference meet (4:30 p.m., site TBA); Oct. 16 at Effingham St. Anthony Invite (TBA); Oct. 23 Class 2A regional, TBA; Oct. 30 Class 2A sectional, TBA

Nov. 6 Class 2A state meet at Peoria (Detweiller Park) TBA