The Illinois Jets, an AAU track and field team comprised of local athletes from the Rockford region, hosted a meet at Christian Life on Saturday, bringing teams from across Illinois and the rest of the country to the Northern Illinois region.
Races for both genders across all age groups made for an exciting morning and afternoon at the corner of Mulford and Spring Creek Roads. The meet is what Illinois Jets program coordinator Monique Jones called a "tuneup" with the AAU Nationals in Houston, Texas right around the corner.
There's a lot of talent here," says Illinois Jets member and Rockford Lutheran state champion sprinter Courtney Sockwell. "I'm really glad to be a part of it. There are girls here that I'm not used to running with, so it's really good competition. They're pushing me and we're pushing each other."