2A Boys & Girls Team Sectional Analysis – October 5, 2012

Every week I usually look at the top 25 teams in the state and how they ran. With sectionals getting closer and closer, I decided to look at some of the top teams in relation to their sectionals.

Belvidere Sectional

Boys

Teams To Watch:       (6): #2 Belvidere North, #4 Crystal Lake Central, #8 Deerfield, #10 Maple Park Kaneland, #13 Dixon, #18 Vernon Hills

Early Outlook:      Thank goodness that the IHSA decided to move Yorkville and Aurora Central Catholic out of this sectional. What once was a bloodbath is now just a very tough sectional on the boys side. Belvidere North, the three time defending state champion, is the marked team here. They have the powerful first three in Garrett Lee, Tyler Yunk, and Paxson Menard. Their key is having the 4-5 runners closer to the first three. The one team that could beat them is Crystal Lake Central. Alex Baker is a runner that could challenge Lee and Yunk. The Tigers also have a tough 2-5 pack that could be enough to upset the Blue Thunder.

Deerfield ran tough against Belvidere North at the Lake Park Invitational by being aggressive and having a tight pack. After running the Richard Spring Invitational with half the team sick, the Warriors are finally healthy and are looking to rebound for the state series. Kaneland looked strong last week at the Freeport Invitational. If they can keep their split under 60 seconds (last week it was 57 seconds), the Knights could be making a return trip to Peoria. Dixon & Vernon Hills could be battling for the fifth spot. Dixon has a good front two with Simon Thorpe and Cody Sondgeroth. The Dukes also have to keep their split under 60 seconds. Vernon Hills is a young squad that has moved up the ratings throughout the season. Kyle Whitney leads a team that hope s to make their school’s first appearance ever in the state meet.

Girls

Teams To Watch:       (6): #2 Marengo, #4 Crystal Lake Central, #5 Maple Park Kaneland, #13 Vernon Hills, #15 Belvidere North, #25 Rockford Boylan.

Early Outlook:      Marengo could be the big surprise in the state this fall. They have a great threesome with Katie Adams, one of the favorites to win the 2A individual title, Katie St. Clair and Allie Sprague. If they keep their 2-5 split near 60 seconds, this team could be tough. Crystal Lake Central is waiting to run against Marengo again. Sami Staples has shown she is one of the elite runners in the state after great runs at Palatine and Wheaton North. Their split on the 2-5 needs to decrease to at least 65 seconds for the Tigers to be on stage after state. Kaneland has sat in the shadows waiting for a chance at the above two schools. Victoria Clinton leads a team that is capable in defeating Marengo and Crystal Lake Central.

Vernon Hills is another team that has emerged this season. Kristen Whitney has been the front runner for the Cougar. Last week their split at Antioch was 77 seconds. That could be a recipe for success for this team. The girls team from Belvidere North is ready to emerge from the shadow of the school’s Boys team and could make it to state this year. Carley Lutzow leads a team that has been getting better at every race. Rockford Boylan could be the tea that misses out on state. It currently is rated #6 in this sectional. Their split last week was 89 seconds at Freeport. It needs to drop another 20 seconds for this team to contend.

Bensenville Fenton Sectional

Boys

Teams to Watch: (6): #1 Chicago Jones Prep, #16 Bensenville Fenton, Arlington Heights St. Viator, Niles Notre Dame, Chicago Mather, Chicago Muncin Prep

Early outlook:       This is the weakest of all 5 sectionals in 2A. It does have the highest rated team in 2A with Jones Prep. The Eagles could have the top 4 runners in this sectional. Fenton and St. Viator have established themselves as state meet contenders this fall and should qualify. The final two spots will be challenged by three teams: Niles Notre Dame, Chicago Mather, and Chicago Muncin Prep.

Girls

Teams to Watch: (7): #8 Arlington Heights St. Viator, Chicago Jones Prep, Chicago Mather, River Forest Trinity, Bensenville Fenton, Elmwood Park, Chicago University.

Early Outlook:      St. Viator is the only rated team in this girls sectional and the only lock to qualify for state. There are 6 other schools that will battle for four qualifying spots.

Decatur MacArthur Sectional

Boys

Teams to Watch: (7): #6 Springfield, #7 Mahomet-Seymour,  #14 Springfield Sacred-Heart Griffin, #15 Chatham-Glenwood, #21 Troy Triad, #24 Mt. Vernon, Carbondale.

Early Outlook:      For the team title in this sectional, it will come down to the tight pack of Springfield against the strong front runners from Mahomet-Seymour. Springfield has been close together most of the year keeping their split under 30 seconds. Mahomet has two great front runners that will place in the top 10 of this sectional Forrest Smoes and Jonathan Schaap. I think those schools are locks to make it to Peoria.

In the remaining 3 spots, look for 5 schools to challenge for those. Sacred Heart-Griffin will have to also depend on a tight 1-5 split. Chatham-Glenwood should qualify, but only if Marc Maton is healthy. Troy Triad, Carbondale, and Mt. Vernon will be hungry to grab one of those qualifying spots as well.

Girls

Teams to Watch: (6): #6 Springfield, #9 Chatham-Glenwood, #10 Mattoon, #20 Springfield Sacred-Heart Griffin, #23 Troy Triad, Mahomet-Seymour.

Early Outlook:      I think three schools are locks to make it in with Springfield, Chatham-Glenwood, and Mattoon. Sacred Heart Griffin could be with that group if Meghan McClain continues her successful recovery from an injury that sidelined her all of track season. Troy Triad and Mahomet Seymour should battle for the remaining spot.

Peoria Notre Dame Sectional

Boys

Teams to Watch: (8): #5 Normal University, #12 Dunlap, #17 East Moline United, #19 Pontiac, #20 Geneseo, #22 Peoria Notre Dame, #23 Metamora, Bloomington.

Early Outlook:      This sectional could be wide open after the first two teams. U-High has been consistent all season especially the last two weeks with wins at ACC & their own invite. Dunlap is the secret in this sectional that could challenge the Pioneers.

Six teams could battle for the final three spots. East Moline has two good front runners in Tyler Rasso and Austin Webster, but needs to get their split under 60 seconds. Geneseo, Peoria Notre Dame, Metamora, and Bloomington are pretty equal in regards to splits. The team with the best sectional race will get the chance at the starting line at Detweiller.

Girls

Teams to Watch: (7): #3 Normal University, #13 Peoria Notre Dame, #14 Normal West, #18 Morton, #19 Geneseo, #22 Galesburg, Dunlap.

Early Outlook:      U-High proved that it will be a team that could contend for the state title after defeating 1A #1 St. Teresa on Tuesday. Sydney Billingley leads a team that has been running 30-40 second splits. Peoria Notre Dame and Normal West are teams that could be considered in, but will need to be on during sectional weekend. The one team to watch is Galesburg. The Streaks have been running great of late led by Stephanie Saey.

Wheaton Academy Sectional

Boys

Teams to Watch: (6): #3 Yorkville, #8 Lansing Illiana Christian, #11 Glen Ellyn Glenbard South, Lemont, Wheaton St. Francis, Aurora Central Catholic

Early Outlook:      I think it could be closer between the first two teams. Yorkville is one of the top teams in the state led by Jake & Luke Hoffert. Illiana Christian, however, has become better behind the improvement of Sopphomore Nick Fiene. Glenbard South should qualify, but will they have John Wold in their top 7? Lemont has improved with every race they have been in this year; they could capture a spot. SCC Rivals St. Francis and Aurora Central Catholic should battle for the other position.

Girls

Teams to Watch: (6): #1 Yorkville, #7 Lombard Montini, #11 Lansing Illiana Chrsitian, #17 Glen Ellyn Glenbard South, #21 Lemont, Wheaton St. Francis

Early Outlook:      It could be the 5 rated teams that make it in, but I would not count out St. Francis. Yorkville has emerged as a surprise team, especially when their first four are freshman. If the Foxes get Casey Kramer back to full strength, this team could be tough to stop. Montini and Illiana Chrsitian should battle for the next two spots.

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Posted on October 5, 2012, in IL 2A Boys Team XC Ratings, IL 2A Girls Team XC Ratings and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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