FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Colette Janik, Prairie Ridge cross country, so.
Janik took 16th in the Class 2A girls race at the IHSA Cross Country State Meet last Saturday in Peoria to earn All-State honors (top 25 finish).
Janik’s finish also helped the Wolves to the third-place trophy for back-to-back seasons, which is even more remarkable since they replaced five runners from last year’s lineup. Only Allie Klauser and Alaura Busch returned from that group.
Janik also earned her Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week honors, as voted on by the readers.
Janik, who played volleyball as a freshman, took eighth in the Fox Valley Conference Meet, third at the Kaneland Regional and 16th in the Belvidere Sectional. She answers a few questions from Northwest Herald sports writer Joe Stevenson.
What do you remember most about you and your team’s performance last weekend?
Janik: Last weekend, I remember going into the state meet, not expecting to place as high as we did. I remember 10 minutes before the race started, my teammate Allie (Klauser) was telling us how proud she was of us and we all started crying. Our team was more of a family, all of us became very close as friends, so we went in the state meet not being nervous, but excited to run for each other and our team.
What do you enjoy most about running?
Janik: The feeling of accomplishment when it’s over.
If you were a superhero, what would be called and what would your power be?
Janik: I would be called Coolette and my superpower would be a photographic memory, so I could easily get A’s on tests.
What book would you consider recommended reading?
Janik: “The Great Gatsby.” When I read the book, I feel like I'm in the 1920s.
If you played softball, what would be your walk-up song?
Janik: “Umbrella” by Rihanna.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Janik: I can drive a car with my eyes closed. Just kidding. I haven’t tried, but I do know all the lyrics to the musical “Hamilton.”
Who is the most famous person you have taken a picture with?
Janik: Kendall Coyne, professional women’s hockey player.
If you could jump into a time machine, what athletic contest would you want to see?
Janik: The 1919 World Series where the White Sox fixed the series.
What is your most prized possession?
Janik: My Carmex chapstick because I can’t stand having chapped lips.
What scares you?
Janik: When my friends think my twin brother Cade is cute.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Dalton Wood, Richmond-Burton football, sr.
Wood ran wild in a 49-7 win over rival Marengo in a Class 4A second-round game to lead the Rockets into the quarterfinals against three-time defending state champion IC Catholic. The 5-foot-10 185-pound senior fullback ran 14 times for 213 yards and tied a season high with five touchdowns. Wood had scoring runs of 15, 16, 61, 4 and 60 yards.
Wood leads all area rushers with 29 touchdowns and is second with 1,329 yards. Wood was voted Northwest Herald Male Athlete of the Week by readers and answered these questions from sports writer Alex Kantecki.
What do you remember most about last week's second-round win over Marengo?
Wood: How much we dominated them, how fast we played and how physical we were.
Who has the biggest appetite on the team?
Wood: (Junior tight end-defensive end) Jacob Petersen.
What’s your dream job?
Wood: Maybe a physical therapist. I'm not really sure.
What’s your favorite class in school?
What’s your go-to snack or meal before a big game?
Which teammates impresses you the most in the weight room?
Wood: (Senior two-way lineman) Nick Ross. He's always going hard pushing the weights.
Who is the most famous person whose number is in your cell phone?
Wood: I don't have anyone that famous. Maybe (2019 R-B graduate) Mike Kaufman.
Can you beat teammate Nick Legnaioli in a footrace?
Wood: Probably not. I think he's faster than I am. It's pretty close. I think his 40 time was a split-second faster.
What song would you do if you had to sing karaoke?
Wood: "Houston We Got a Problem" by Luke Combs.
What is something that scares you?
Who is your favorite professional football player?
Wood: (Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety) Troy Polamalu.
What are three of your favorite movies?
Wood: "Elf," "Toy Story," and "22 Jump Street."