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Andrew's John Bickel (right) would like another state shot against Lincoln-Way East's AJ Henning (left) and the rest of the Class 3A runners in the state this year, pending the resumption of spring sports. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor
2:49 pm CDT March 21, 2020

When Andrew senior sprinting star John Bickel found out his team was ranked preseason No. 1 in the state in Class 3A by the respected MileSplit Illinois website, he was not stunned by the news.

“I was happy and not surprised at all,” he said. “I know how much work all of my teammates put in. We’ve been motivating ourselves and motivating each other to do the best we can. Our coaches are helping us do our best. It wasn’t a shock to me personally, but it was to some other people.”