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2012 IHSA State Cross Country Meet

Madeline Perez of Glenbard West on her way into the record book and the Girls 3A championhip. Notice how many people in the background are watch the clock and not her. It was that kind of day! Photo by Michael Newman


1A Girls:

Ivy Handley (St. Teresa HS, Decatur) takes command of the individual race after the first 800 meters with teammate Rachel Devereux and rolls to a 17:24 individual state championship. Regan Weidner (Bureau Valley HS, Manlius) catches Devereux in the last 20 meters to capture 2nd (17:45).

Decatur St. Teresa takes control of the team race early and dominates on their way to third straight 1A team championship. They had 3 all state runners (Handley 1st, Devereux 3rd, Megan Burgener 15th).  Monticello, who was 6th place in the team race at the 2 mile check point moved beautifully in the last mile to capture 2nd place in 114 points. Rochester took 3rd with 125 point behind all state runs by Freshmen Taylor Bartolozzi (11th) and Megan McNicholas (13th).

1A Boys:

Grant Nykaza (Beecher HS, Becher) made two small moves right after the 2 mile point to break a resilient Jake Brown (Mt. Zion HS, Mt. Zion). Nykaza went on to capture his 2nd state title (his first in cross country) running 14:22, 18 seconds ahead of Brown. Nick Hess (St. Thomas More HS, Champaign) passed Ethan Adlfinger (Alleman, Rock Island ) and Chad French (Canton HS, Canton) to capture 3rd.

St. Thomas More captured their first state title with 82 points and a 45 second split. Elmwood-Brimifield’s 157 points edged Shelbyville for 2nd by 5 points.

2A Girls:

Great race where 4 runners were in contention heading into the last mile. Victoria Clinton (Kaneland HS, Maple Park) moved away from defending state champion Sami Staples (Central HS, Crytal Lake) in the last 800 meters to win the 2A individual championship. Clinton’s winning time was 16:56. Stephanie Saey (Galesburg HS, Galesburg) and Maryjeanne Gilbert (Notre Dame HS, Peoria) passed Staples in the last 300 meters to capture 2nd and 3rd.

Yorkville placed 5 runners in the first 28 to defend their state championship winning with 66 points. The Foxes had 4 all state runners (Skyler Bollinger 5th, Summer Peirson 8th, Casey Kramer 11th, and Erin Reynolds 24th). Normal University finished 2nd and had 3 all-state runners (Sydney Billingsley 6th, Shannan Supan 14th, and Alexandra Welch (21st).

8 Points separated 3rd place to 6th place. Lombard Montini and Glenbard South both scored 172 points. Montini was given 3rd based on a better 6th runner (94th for Montini, 11th for Glenbard South). Marengo placed 5th (174 points) and Maple Park Kaneland 6th (180 points).

2A Boys:

John Wold (Glenbard South, Glen Ellyn) unleashed a furious kick in the last 400 meters to outdistance Alex Baker (Central HS, Crystal Lake) and to win by 5 seconds. Wold’s winning time was 14:15 which included a 4:37 last mile.

Chicago Jones Prep ended the run of Belvidere North’s 3 straight 2A championships by capturing the program’s first championship scoring 85 points. Jones Prep was the first team in the Chicago Public League to capture a team championship since Lane Tech’s title in 1963.

Belvidere North moved up in the last mile to capture 2nd place. Yorkville was point behind taking 3rd.

3A Girls

This was the race of the day.

Madeline Perez (Glenbard West, Glen Ellyn) made a move to break away from a 4 runner pack jut after the 1 ¼ mark. Her only challenger in the last mile was the clock. Craig Virgin 40 years ago set the boys course record. On this day, Perez shattered the Girls State and course record winning the 3A title running a mind boggling 16:02. Emma Fisher (York HS, Elmhurst) capped off a fabulous senior campaign by finishing 2nd (16:15). The first 6 finishers in this race were all from the Niles West Sectional.

Naperville North showed that their #1 rating was no fluke by holding off a strong challenge in the first 2 miles by Lake Park and went on to win their 4th team championship under Dan Iverson. Their 113 point total was 20 points better than Lake Park. Glenbard West’s pack moved past New Trier in the last mile to capture 3rd.

3A Boys

Jack Keelan (St. Igantius Prep, Chicago) and Alex Riba (O’Fallon HS, O’Fallon) challenged each other for the first 12 minutes of the race before a Keelan surge near 800 meters to go was enough for the St. Ignatius senior to capture the individual crown in a swift 14:05. Quentin Shaffer (Prospect HS, Mt. Prospect) passed Riba and Patrick Perrier (O’Fallon HS, O’Fallon) to finish second (14:14) one second ahead of the O’Fallon pair.

On the 50th anniversary of York Coach Joe Newton’s first state championship, the Dukes were golden again capturing the program’s 28th state championhip. York led from the first mile and were able to withstand a furious charge by O’Fallon and West Suburban Silver rival Lyons Township to score 82 points to O’Fallon’s 117 and Lyons 125. York had 3 all state runners (Scott Milling 6th, Kyle Mattes 23rd, and Alex Mimlitz 24th).

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These are only highlights. There will be complete recaps of all 6 races that will be out in the next few days.

Also coming in the future:

  • Preview of the Nike Midwest Regional in Terre Haute, IN on 11/11.
  • Updated all time state cross country lists.
  • Post-season features
  • Post season awards

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As you know by this point, Dyestat & have decided to close their doors. You can read more about that HERE.

On a personal note, I would like to thank all the kind thoughts of everyone that I met on Friday and Saturday at Detweiller Park. Through this turbulent week, your words lifted me up. I have known for some time we have some of the most passionate coaches, athletes, and fans in Illinois and I was reminded of that this weekend.


Michael Newman

Any questions / comments:


Niles West Boys Sectional : Scoring controversy clouds Keelan and York wins

The start of the Boys Sectional Race at the Niles West Sectional. York’s Chris May was knocked down causing a restart. Photo By Doug Ackerman.

Skokie, Ill — Was this déjà-vous? It seemed like we had done this dance before. Last year it was Maine South that was notified that they would be going to the state meet and then told that because of a scoring error that they finished sixth.

It was hope against hope that this would not happen again. But it did.

After what happened last year, the IHSA revised its Regional / Sectional Finish Line procedures. In the terms and conditions items IX-G and VIII-3, it requires that the meet referee at all regional and sectional meets must review the required video of the finish of each race. According to the IHSA, the required review would help that all close finishes have been evaluated in these qualifying events just as they are at the state final races.

After the race was over, the referee supposedly reviewed every finisher. Apparently not. When the results were posted, Lane Tech Coach Kris Roof had noticed that 1 of his runners was missing. He notified meet manager and Niles West Head Coach Michael Grossman of the error. They went reviewed the tape and the change was made. Lane Tech was moved from 6th to 4th and qualifying for the state meet. This time it was St. Ignatius that had the rug pulled out from under them. Originally scored as the fifth place team, they were moved into sixth and thus not qualifying as a team.

In talking to Grossman, he stated that the Lane Tech runner that was missed, David Schmieg who was the fourth man and finished 44th, was wearing both timing chips on the same foot. With that happening, the chips were not read and his place was not properly recorded.

“Last year, I was the one who was very assertive that a video review was done. It is just a bit of irony,” St. Ignatius Coach Ed Ernst said. “Today they did not do it. I talked to the official and they looked at some of the close finishes. That is not want they did. They were supposed to check the whole thing.  Physical bodies count. Thank goodness it is not a chip world yet and the Lane Tech and Glenbard West boys beat us fair and square. The more interesting question would be what would we had done if there had not been a video review and they put us in and the Lane Tech kids had beat us. Do we say no send them? In sports, that is what you are supposed to do. The kids are crushed but Jack has a new mission.”

St. Ignatius’ Jack Keelan starts to break away from York’s Scott Milling on his way to a sectional win at the NIles West Sectional. Photo by Steven Koch.

St. Ignatius’ Jack Keelan had a busy morning before his race. He took the ACT test which eased his mind away from the race. It took him away from the 2011 race where he entered as one of the race favorites but finished 17th and not qualifying individually. He was in a fresh piece of mind ready to go.

The race was called back after about 100 meters when York’s Chris May was knocked down. “It was a stupid move by me,” May, who finished 3rd, said. “I should have run in a straight line instead I wanted to get immediately on the course line. It was my fault.”

Within the first half mile of the race, it already was defined what was going to happen. Keelan went immediately to the front and Scott Milling of York and Micah Beller of Niles North went right with him. 5 meters back it was the York trio of May, Kyle Mattes, and Alex Mimlitz. With them were Jon Vaccaro of Maine South and Marcelo Burbano of Lane Tech.

Keelan and Milling were side by side for the next mile as Beller dropped off the pace. Forty meters back was the York trio. The team race was already determined as York had 4 of the first 5 places and their fifth man Alex Bashqawi was around 15th.

Keelan made a strategic break from Milling on the last mile loop as soon as they came out of the woods. “I knew that the stretch where I made the break was pretty windy. Even though you might be feeling tough I wanted to break him there,” Keelan said.

Keelan finished 14:44 on the new layout at Niles West. Milling finished second in 14:53 leading a York 2-5 sweep. Bashqawi’s 15th place gave them a low 29 points. Maine South, New Trier, and Glenbard West along with Lane Tech were the other team qualifiers. This is the first team performance for the Glenbard West’s boys team since they finished 5th in 1978.

York’s thought of collapse last week at Lake Park looks like an illusion and the Dukes appear again on track heading to Peoria. All York Coach Joe Newton said was “I thought they looked good today.”

“I definitely wanted to see what I could do today. Having Jack in our sectional was a perfect opportunity to try that instead of waiting until state,” Milling said afterwards. “That last two weeks we have run pretty good workouts so I am definitely confident. We are definitely happy with our performance. We are looking forward to next week.”

Keelan escaped the demons that haunted him on the course this day. “It is something that has been lingering  but taking the ACT kept my mind off of that,” he said. “It was a great race by Milling. It was bold and it paid off. I think he had a good time. It felt good. Especially to get past the course today, it felt good.”

The one memory that he erased in winning the race was replaced by his team thinking that they had qualified but had not. A devastated Keelan walked out slowly from the Niles West Fieldhouse. All he could say was “Now I have something else to run for in Peoria.”

He will not be out on that course alone in Peoria on Saturday afternoon. The strength of his teammates will be with him.

Look for more thoughts about what happened Saturday at Niles West in a commentary Monday morning.

Niles West Girls Sectional: Perez leads Glenbard West to team title in high powered sectional

Madeline Perez of Glenbard West enroute to the sectional title at Niles West. Photo by Steven Koch.

Skokie, Ill — Madeline Perez of Glenbard West last week called it a “mini-state meet”. She was right. Three of the top 4 teams in the state went to the line at the Niles West Sectional in what it seemed to be a check up a week before the state meet.

It was a chance to see where teams matched up against each other. It was a chance for the individual runners to test themselves one last time.Perez has come on strong the last couple of weeks just being edged out two weeks ago by Emma Fisher at the West Suburban Silver Meet and last week with a convincing win over Fisher and Lake Park’s Kaylee Flanagan. Throw in to this field New Trier’s trio of Courtney Ackerman, Mimi Smith, and Jessica Ackerman, Olivia Ryan of Fenwick, and Maine South’s Emily Leonard you find a pretty tough field.

The first mile started unexpectingly slow. Kaylee Flanagan all year has pushed the pace early daring runners to stay with her. It backfired last week when Perez zoomed by her at the 1 ½ mile point. The pace was 5:25-5:30 and all the runners that expected to be there was there.

As soon as the pack passed the mile mark, the course turned right and Courtney Ackerman took off wanting to steal the race at that point. The trio of Fisher, Perez, and Flanagan were 10 meters back. Then a pack led by Lisa Luczak of Glenbard Westwas another 5 meters behind the trio.

Perez made her move on Ackerman after the 1 ½ point and she did not look back. The rest of the race for Perez was a race against the clock and a race against herself. The gap continued to grow for the Glenbard West junior. Fisher and Luczak moved past a fading Ackerman but they ran out of time. Perez’s margin of victory was an amazing 24 seconds over Fisher. Luczak and Courtney Ackerman finished within two seconds of each other and 10 seconds behind Fisher.

If anything could be told from this race is that Perez will enter the state meet at Detweiller Park as the favorite in the 3A race.

“The pace went out comfortably compared to what it has been the last couple of weeks. I was really happy how it went out,” a happy Perez said after her race. “The minute she (Courtney Ackerman) took off, I knew I just had to stay in contact with her. I felt comfortable in the last mile. I told myself it was one last mile and push the pace and to see how hard I could go.”

The team race was fantastic and it is interesting to look at the dynamics of it. 15 points separated the first three teams. #2 Glenbard West took the team title with 60 points. #4 New Trier was second with 68. Lake Park was third with 75. York and Maine South claimed the other two qualifying spots. When it comes to the state meet next week, it could be closer between these three teams. Glenbard West has their front two in Perez and Luczak who were in the top 3. New Trier’s first three finished 4-6-9. Flanagan was the only Lake Park finisher in top 10, but the Lancers had solid 40 second split between 2 and 5.

“Our plan was to run our race, but we knew we had to go out faster,” said Glenbard West Coach Paul Haas referring to his 3-7 runners slow start last week at regionals. “Sectional is going to go out fast and state is going to go out faster. This is what we train for.  Our 4-5, two freshman, kept moving and moving and that was the difference with us.”

Glenbard West’s fourth and fifth runners (Grace Rogers and Christina Sedall) finished 20th and 21st; New Trier’s four-five of Kathleen Keene and Ooma-Jung Beeman finished 23rd and 24th. Lake Park’s four-five of Brianne Murphy and Nicole Alfano finished 19th and 23rd.

If that order changes then we would’ve had a different outcome. It will be an interesting meet at Detweiller on Saturday to say the least.

Schaumburg Boys Sectional: Shaffer tunes up for state with sectional win; Lake Zurich moves in last mile to capture team title

Quentin Shaffer of Prospect and Billy Bund of Lake Forest battle in the last mile of the Schaumburg Sectional. Photo by Michael Newman

Elk Grove Village, Ill — At the beginning of the season, Prospect’s Quentin Shaffer was not mentioned as one of the state’s front runners. He did run 9:17 during the track season, but his performance at the state track meet did not open any eyes. He finished 23rd out of 38 runners.

That changed this year when he ran 14:28 at the Peoria Central Invitational at the end of September. That is tied for the second fastest in the state with Patrick Perrier of O’Fallon and just behind of Belvidere North’s Garrett Lee.

He is now a marked man and he relishes the opportunity that has been given him.

“Really, after running that race and looking at last year’s state meet results,  I think I can stick with them,” Shaffer said.

The Boys race of the Schaumburg Sectional did not go out fast. It looked like the other runners were looking for the Prospect senior. Defending State Champ Palatine made their presence known from the gun with having 2 runners in the pack in Christian Zambrano and Graham Brown. Jesse Reiser of McHenry, Billy Bund of Lake Forest, Ryan Burgoon of Barrington, Billy Thomas of Hoffman Estates, and Martin Martinez of Warren were on either side of the Schafer. The leaders went by the mile in around 5:00. Schafer was just biding his time waiting to go.

Just as he did at the Peoria Central Invitational and his conference race, Shaffer made a concerted effort to break the race wide open. In the next half mile, he had opened up a 15 meter on the gap with only Bund staying within striking distance of the Prospect runner.

On the final loop, Bund had closed the gap and was side by side with Shaffer. 15 meters back was Burgoon. The distance stayed that way for the remainder of the race because of the surges that Bund & Shaffer were throwing at each other. Neither runner would budge. Finally with about 300 meters to go, Shaffer broke free of Bund and the race was his. The margin of victory was a little over 2 seconds, but seemed more convincing. Steven Salvano of Buffalo Grove passed Burgoon in the final 10 meters for third.

“I could sense that he (Bund) was trying to put in some small surges,” Shaffer said. “I just tried to stay with him. In the last 300 is when I used my kick.”

“The strategy was to stay with the pack and make my move around the 2 mile,” said Bund. “The main thing was to conserve as much energy as possible for next week.”

Through the half way point in the team race, #5 Palatine and #8 Barrington had the advantage. Lurking in the pack and waiting to make their move was #6 Lake Zurich. They were moving forward more so in the last mile than the two MSL teams were. In the end, Lake Zurich had placed their first 4 runners in the first 21 to win the team competition with 106 points. Barrington edged Palatine 137-138 for second. #9 Hersey placed 4th with 178 points. Highland Park, who had been defeated by Buffalo Grove a week ago at the Libertyville Regional finished 5th for the last qualifying spot. Buffalo Grove finished sixth.

“I thought we did a nice job. Our 3 and 4 (Jon Ramirez and Jared Ripoli) moved up nicely and finished somewhere around 20th.  It was nice to get Ruben Riano back in the lineup,” said Lake Zurich JB Hanson. “He had sore knee and we decided to hold him out. It is a senior dominated group. When you have seniors that are focused like they are, then good things are bound to happen.”

Schaumburg Girls Sectional : Wolfe back to win individual title; #6 Palatine packs it up for team win

Prospect’s Brooke Wolfe heads to the Schaumburg Sectional Girls Individual title Saturday ahead of Buffalo Grove’s Kaitlyn Ko. Photo by Michael Newman

Elk Grove Village, Ill — There was white line 100 meters into the course to signify where the race could be called back in case a runner was knocked down. It was the point of no return so to speak for the runners in this sectional. Get past the line and then you had 17+ minutes to navigate the three loops of the Busse Woods course.

The starter fired once to start the Girls Sectional race and then again as a runner from McHenry HS was knocked down. It was back to the line for the anxious runners. The gun fired again and this time the runners passed the line. It was the point of no return as the runners set out to navigate the course. But for Prospect’s Brooke Wolfe, it was the point of return a she captured the Schaumburg Sectional title with a furious kick in the last 400 meters to out distance Buffalo Grove freshman Kaitlyn Ko by 4 seconds.

It has been a season of struggle and revival for the Prospect senior. She missed a month of the season due to a leg injury. She tried to come back at the Mid Suburban League Meet and was unable to finish. Last week on the same course, Wolfe was able to finish 6th at the Hoffman Estates Regional.

She looked comfortable in this race as she bided her time and let Palatine’s Tess Wasowicz take the pace. The mile went by in 5:50. The 2 mile in 11:54 as Wolfe set behind the pack led by Wasowicz, Ko, Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg and Lauren Conroy, the MSL champ, from Barrington.

With 800 meters to go, Kurdej started to push what was a pack now into a line of runners. Wolfe was right behind just waiting. Her confidence was showing as she shifted her gears to move away from the race.

“I just wanted to go out relaxed and not keep moving up during the race,” Wolfe said afterwards. “The last 400 felt really good and especially was happy how our team did.”

“I’ve been coaching a long time and I’ve had kids that have gotten injuries in the past. In our sport, when you train in a high level, you also have a chance to get injured,” said Prospect Girls Coach Dave Wurster. “We had to have an alternate plan and the kids have confidence with that. It is something that we, unfortunately, have had to get used to.” Wolfe did have that confidence and it showed in her race on Saturday.

The team race looked like it was #7 Barrington’s at the mile mark. But it was a three mile race. Palatine had the plan of having Tess Wasowicz and Jessica Lincoln up front early and let the pack move up during the race. It worked as Coach Joe Parks’ squad had 5 runners in the first 21 to defeat Barrington 70 to 103. #14 Prospect was third with 116 points.

“The last couple of weeks we have figured out a better plan for each of our packs. They are kind of feeding off each other,” Parks said. “The race lagged a little. We were out a little bit slow too. We did work the middle mile. I think we did a really good job of staying poised.”

“This was definitely not the best I have felt during a race this year but I battled it longer than I thought I would have,” added Tess Wasowicz. “I usually feel better when I am by myself. I knew that was going to be the case today and I just had to deal with it. I am very excited about next week. The plan was to prep us all for state. Obviously, if I do not have my best race next week but the team does great, then that is all that matters.”

Schaumburg was the fourth place team with 162 points. The surprise of the meet was the fifth place finish by unrated Warren who finished 6 points ahead of #20 Fremd. It is the first trip down to the state meet for this Gurnee school. It was not even a goal, not even a thought for Coach Brett Heimstead at the beginning of the year. It became more of a reality after their 2nd place finish at the North Suburban Conference Meet. When he found out that his team had made it, he was in total disbelief.

“This is unbelievable. Totally unbelievable,” an emotional Heimstead said. “There has been hard work all year from all of my girls. We came here and we thought we had an outside shot. We just ran our race. We were patient and it paid off today.

It was an emotionally different atmosphere from the Fremd camp and coach Mark Anderson. This was the last year of coaching  cross country for Anderson. He still did have a runner qualifying individually in the ninth place finish of Kelly Breen.

Sectional Saturday in Illinois

Tickets will be punched today to Detweiller Park for next week’s State Cross Country Meet.


Meet Summaries taken from

1A Boys Sectionals

@ Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran  – Jacob Marler leads Freeburg (68 pts.) to victory with 16:41. Carmi (C.-White County) jr Michael Brown 2nd in 16:48. Sparta second with 102.

@ Effingham-St. Anthony – Mt. Zion sr Jake Brown 15:13.35 over Schlarmen sr Jesse Hahne (15:33.18) and St. Thomas More jr Nick Hess (15:33.78). St. Thomas More wins with 48 over Mt. Zion 69, Shelbyville 96.

@ Elmwood  – Elmwood/Brimfield sr Noah Isbell 15:22 to lead team to win with 86. Havana sr Austin Ackman (15:30) and Canton sr Chad French (15:37) follow. 2nd and 3rd teams are Rochester (108) and Tremont (146).

@ Lisle – Beecher sr Grant Nykaza 15:49 to win by 39 sec. over Chicago Hope Acad. sr Luke Muzikowski (16:28) and Mooseheart jr Wal Khat 16:54. Richmond-Burton rolls with 4-5 finish and 33 pts, beating Chicago Latin 80, Johnsburg 105, and Westmont 121.

@ Oregon  – Alleman sr Ethan Aldfinger 15:52.68 edges Ottawa Marquette sr Luke Hill 15:54.90. Alleman wins easily with 71 to Winnebago’s 124, Byron’s 126.


1A Girls Sectionals

@ Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran – Belleville (Althoff Catholic) jr Savannah Ames runs 19:13 for the win. Breese (Mater Dei) wins with 69 pts over Carterville 120.

@ Effingham-St. Anthony – A 1-2 for St. Teresa’s jr Rachel Devereux (18:11.20) and sr Ivy Handley (18:20.71), leading team victory with 31 pts. to 56 for Monticello.

@ Elmwood – Rochester frosh Taylor Bartolozzi 18:14 over Bloomington Central Catholic sr Alex Van Hoof 18:28. Rochester rolls with 57, over PORTA 98, Downs Tri-Valley 134.

@ Lisle – Chicago (Latin) jr Victoria Bianco wins in 19:28, nipping teammate Abigail Nadler. Kankakee (McNamara) scores 79 to Johnsburg’s 94.

@ Oregon – El Paso sr Julie James 18:57.55 over Bureau Valley soph Regan Wiedner 19:04.40. Rock Falls easily with 54 pts. to Winnebago’s 95.


2A Boys Sectionals

@ Belvidere – Belvidere North sr Garrett Lee 14:49.0 to nip Crystal Lake Central sr Alex Baker 14:49.7. Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge sr Joe Cowlin third in 15:14.9. Belvidere North dominates with 47, topping Dixon 95, Deerfield 108, Crystal Lake Central 109.

@ Bensenville Fenton  – A 1-2-3-5-6 finish for powerhouse Chicago Jones Prep, with seniors Luke O’Connor (15:16.37) and Jamison Dale (15:24.73). They score 17, followed by Bensenville (Fenton) 72 and Arlington Heights (St. Viator) 84.

@ Decatur MacArthur – Charleston sr Riley McInerney 14:53 over Mahomet pair of Johnathan Schaap (15:01) and Forrest Smoes (15:14), and Danville jr Johnny Leverenz, also 15:14. Mahomet wins with 72, over Springfield 98 and Chatham (Glenwood) 139.

@ Peoria Notre Dame  – Brendan Hoskins of Normal U. triumphs in 15:06, leading team to victory with 59 pts. Peoria ND 2nd with 102.

@ Wheaton Academy – 1-2 finish by Glenbard South juniors John Wold (14:32) and Joe Singleton (15:02) to pace runner-up effort with 43 pts. Yorkville starts with 4-5 from soph twins Luke and Jake Hoffert and have the depth to win with 36.


2A Girls Sectionals

@ Belvidere – Marengo sr Katie Adams takes it in 17:23.2 over Maple Park Kaneland soph Victoria Clinton 17:38.6. Marengo wins with 57 over Crystal Lake Central 76 and Maple Park Kaneland 131.

@ Bensenville Fenton – Arlington Heights (St. Viator) goes 1-2 with sr Hanna Winter (18:06.04) and jr Meghan Carroll (18:17.63). They win with 22 over Chicago Jones 58 and Chicago Mather 85.

@ Decatur MacArthur – Danville frosh Mercedes Elliott 18:24 over Chatham (Glenwood) sr Lindsay Rogers 18:32. But Chatham (Glenwood) wins with 59 to Springfield’s 67 and Springfield (Sacred Heart) 126.

@ Peoria Notre Dame – Galesburg sr Stephanie Saey 17:29 over New Lenox(Lincoln Way West) soph Natalie Waters 17:39. Normal University 54, Peoria ND 119, Geneseo 143.

@ Wheaton Academy  – Freshmen take top three spots, with Yorkville’s Skyler Bollinger (17:43) and Summer Peirson (17:50) going 1-3 to lead their team to victory (33 pts). Glenbard South’s Diana Ripa 2nd in 17:49 as they take 2nd as a team with 68, ahead of Montini Catholic 85. 3A Boys Sectionals

@ Chicago Marist – Oswego sr Kaleb Beck 14:47 over Downers Grove North jr Zack Smith 14:50. LaGrange Lyons 74, Plainfield South 115, Neaqua Valley 118, Sandburg 120.

@ Normal Community – 1-2 finish for O’Fallon with jr Patrick Perrier and sr Alex Riba at 14:36, followed by Minooka sr Joey Santillo 14:54. O’Fallon 26, Lincoln-Way Central 81, Edwardsville 95, Minooka 104.

@ St. Charles East – Naperville North sr Jimmy Qiao 15:05.5 over St. Charles North sr Spencer Gray 15:12.5, leading his team to victory with 80 pts. St. Charles North 2nd 111 and Wheaton-Warrenville South 155.

@ Schaumburg  – Quentin Shaffer (Prospect) wins in 14:59 over Lake Forest sr Billy Bund 15:02. Lake Zurich wins team battle with 104 over Barrington 136 and Palatine 137.

@ Skokie Niles West  – Jack Keelen rolls to 14:44.86 victory, followed by York quartet of seniors Scott Milling (14:53.83), Chris May (15:14.68), Alex Mimlitz (15:15.17) and jr Kyle Mattles (15:16.53). York rolls as a team with 29 to Maine South 70, New Trier 119, Lane Tech 165, Glenbard West 168.


3A Girls Sectionals

@ Chicago Marist – Sandburg jr Carly Krull 17:05 over Hinsdale Central sr Jill Hardies 17:27. Downers Grove South 64, Sandburg 100, Hinsdale Central 119, Lockport 131.

@ Normal Community  – Normal Comm. sr Carly Pederson wins in 17:36 over Moline sr Haley Verbeke 17:41. O’Fallon scores 36 over Minooka’s 71 and Moline’s 117.

@ St. Charles East  – Dekalb jr Kelsey Schrader victorious in 16:57.5 over Algonquin Jacobs soph Lauren Van Vlierbergen 16:58.9. Naperville North dominates team battle with 39 to 114 for Wheaton-Warrenville South and 122 for Geneva.

@ Schaumburg – Brooke Wolfe (Prospect) wins individually in 17:44 over Buffalo Grove frosh Kaitlyn Ko 17:48. Palatine takes team title with 70 pts (official). Barrington 2nd with 103, Prospect 3rd with 116.

@ Skokie Niles West  – Glenbard West jr Madeline Perez 16:38.58 tops loaded individual field, followed by York sr Emma Fisher 17:02.21, Glenbard West soph Lisa Luczak 17:11.03, New Trier sr Courtney Ackerman 17:13.17, Lake Park sr Kaylee Flanagan 17:25.52. Team battle to Glenbard West with 60, followed by New Trier 68, Lake Park 75, York 134, Maine South 138.

Saturday Updates – Regional Weekend – October 20, 2012

I will be on location at meets throughout the day. You can follow my updates on Twitter: @NewmanDyetrack

The quickest way to find results today will be through the IHSA Website.

IL Boys Regional Results

IL Girls Regional Results

Coaches or Meet Directors: To get the FULL results of the Regionals, send them to me: They will get published starting this evening. You can find full results HERE.

Good luck to all athletes and coaches today.

Monday Morning Finish Line – Conference Review – October 15, 2012

Nick Bushelle of Neuqua Valley celebrates his Upstate Eight Conference championship Saturday with Coaches Paul Vandersteen and Jamie Janota at Leroy Oakes FP in St. Charles. (Photo Courtesy of Paul Vandersteen & Neuqua Valley HS).

Conference Weekend is over….now on to Regional Saturday!

Watch the MONDAY MORNING FINISH LINE. (This is a short version of MMFL. Hope to have a longer version up in the next day. Sorry for the inconvenience).

All results I hope to have up by Monday Evening. My thanks to all the coaches that efforted to get the results to me. An entire state of Cross Country fans in Illinois are grateful. VIEW RESULTS HERE!

Corn Belt Conference Meet (cancelled on Saturday) is being run at 4PM today at Stanford Olympia HS. Results should be up this evening.

Coming Tuesday:

Dyetrack State Ratings

FINAL Dyetrack Sectional Ratings for 2012

FINAL Illinois XC Coaches Poll for 3A

Saturday Updates – Conference Weekend – October 13, 2012

Runners will start their quest this weekend for the state meet by running conference meets throughout Illinois. Photo by Michael Newman.

All updates this weekend will be on our National site Updates will begin Saturday afternoon.

If you are going to a meet today, try to stay dry! Good luck to all athletes running today. I envy all of you! Illinois Conference Meet Central

Results on TFX

If you do not see your meet in TFX, send the results to me:

I am ambitious…I would like to have ALL the conference results up by Sunday morning, but I cannot get them by osmosis! I have contacted all meet managers. Let’s see how we do!


The fun has just begun!

Monday Morning Finish Line – October 8, 2012

The goal for all cross country teams is to make it to Detweiller Park in Peoria for the IHSA state meet. It will all start this week as conference champs will be crowned throughout the state. (Photo Credit: Michael Newman)

Last Saturday marked the end of the regular season in cross country. Starting this week we enter championship season starting with the conference championships this week. Some teams took the week to rest. Some used different approaches in the way that they ran in the meets that they were entered in.

Here is a look at some of the meets that were contested over the weekend:

View the MONDAY MORNING FINISH LINE SHOW  (I had a little help with it this week).

Runnin’ Red Invitational @ Black Partridge Park, Metamora

Read David Cox’s recap HERE

Along with the recap, there are a few things that should be mentioned. The 2A Boys team competition has become a little more crowded with the reemergence of John Wold of Glenbard South. The junior has been out most of the year with a foot injury that has caused him to miss half the season. With him winning the race on Saturday, it should move the Raiders up in the ratings. Their split was 80 seconds but expect it to come down.

Wheeling Invitational @ Allstate Campus, Northbrook

The Boys race was without Jack Keelan of St. Ignatius who was involved in SAT testing. It was still an interesting race. Garrett Lee of Belvidere North had the best kick among him, his teammate Tyler Yunk and Highland Park’s Jonah Hanig. Lee won the race in 15:20 just ahead of Yunk (2nd) and Hanig (3rd) who were both given the same time one second behind Lee. Ryan Burgoon of Barrington finished in 4th (15:29).

2A #2 Belvidere North, behind the 1-2-5 finish of Lee, Yunk, and Paxson Menard, won the team competition with 45 points. 3A #18  Highland Park & 3A # 19 Lake Zurich finished 2nd and 3rd. The Blue Thunder won with a 48 second split on their first 5.

Lake Park & New Trier were entered in the Girls competition, but both teams decided to rest their top 7’s and gave some younger runners the experience to run in a big meet. 3A #8 Barrington took advantage by placing 5 runners in the first 15 to easily win the Girls team title 39-114 over St. Ignatius. New Trier’s JV squad placed third.

Freshman Lauren Conroy of Barrington won the individual race by 16 seconds over St. Viator’s Meghan Carroll.

West Aurora Stampede @ Marmion Academy, Aurora

Yorkville took control of both Boys and Girls races Saturday morning at Marmion Academy.

In the Girls Varsity race,  2A #1 Yorkville placed 4 runners in the first 8 to hold off 3A #24 Fremd 40-69. Yorkville freshman Skyler Bollinger was a 21 second winner over Torree Scull of St. Charles East.

Yorkville’s Boys team took the first 3 places and 5 in the first 14 to easily win the Varsity race 29-95 over Fremd. Brothers Jake & Luke Hoffert along with Zac Arcara captured the first three places for the Foxes.

Sterling Invitational @ Hoover Park

It was Iowa domination in both of the Varsity races Saturday.

Pleasant Valley IA placed 5 runners in the first 11 in the girls varsity race and easily won the team title with 33 points. Minooka (90), Bettendorf IA (104), 3A #15 Schaumburg (132), and 3A #23 Hofman Estates (134) were behind the Blue Line in 2-5 places. Pleasant Valley Freshman McKenzie Yanek won the individual race(17:34) by one second over Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg and Kelsey Schrader of DeKalb. Yanek’s time, however, did not have the fastest time in any of the three girls races. Victoria Clinton of Kaneland was moved to the Frosh/Soph level and easily won by over a ninute and half running 17:26.

Pleasant Valley also dominated the Boys Varsity race. Caleb Drake reversed the Richard Spring Invitational where Caleb Beck of Oswego just finished ahead of him. On Saturday it was Drake’s turn as he won (15:01) by 1 second over Beck. Their 8 second split on their 2-5 runners was the difference as they won 103 -135 over 2A #13 Dixon. Oswego (150), Minooka (153), and DeKalb (155) were close for 3rd through 5th.

One note about the team race: 1A # 6 Richmond-Burton showed that they belong in the team title competition in their class after they finished 8th in this meet team wise, 54 points ahead of 1A #2 Rock Island Alleman.

Jesse Hahne of Danville Schlarman on his way to a win at the Toledo Cumberland Invitational last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Beth Scheid)

Toledo Cumberland Invitational

Megan McNicholas continued to roll with her string of individual titles in 2012. The Rochester freshman garnered another winning the Toledo Cumberland Invitational by 12 seconds over Alyssa Pridemore of St. Joseph Ogden. 1A #3 Rochester placed 4 in the first nine while 1A #2 Monticello placed 4 in the first 6. It came down to the Rockets 14th place finish of Alison Noawkowski that gave Rochester a 9 point win over Monticello.

1A #5 Rochester ran a 49 second split off of the 5th place finish of Michael Gleason to win 67-79 over 1A #11 St. Joseph-Ogden. Jesse Hahne of Danville Schlarman cruised to a 34 second win (15:37) over Andrew Sharp of Altamont.

Chicago Marathon North Side / South Side Challenge (run on the last 2.62 of the Chicago Marathon).

2A #1 Jones College Prep turned their Sunday morning tempo run into a win Sunday morning in Chicago. The Eagles top 5 of Kirby Lawson, Peter Schaible, Luke O’Connor, Kyle Maloney, and Jamison Dale finished with the same time (13:15 for 2.62 miles) which was enough to hold off 3A #10 Sandburg 50-54. Sandburg’s Pat McMahon(13:07) & Chris Hogan (13:09 finished 1-2 individually.

3A #17 Geneva placed 5 in the first 8 to easily win the Girls portion of the race 28-64 over Sandburg. Carly Krull of Sandburg tuned up for the state series by winning the individual race by close to a minute over teammate Grace Foley (15:18-16:15).