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Oct 29, Results. Results - Illinois IHSA Cross Country State Championships IHSA 3A State XC Championships - Nov 3, Detweiller Park. Palatine Invitational TIME SCHEDULE:Walk the Course: hdwallpaperfree.info Frosh Race: A.M. MilesGirls Fr/So Race: A.M. MilesBoys Soph Race. Oct 23, LaGrange Lyons Township Regional. South Campus Course, Western Springs. Girls – PM. This race should come down to a dual meet.
That should continue this cross-country season. The team is deep going ten runners deep without blinking an eye in losing talent. Megan Driscoll along with sophomores Maggie Gamboa and Audrey Mendrys will be in the hunt for top five finishes. Madeline Cody and Wagner Osborne have showed improvement over the past year and could also find their way into the top five.
Lucy Westlake, a freshman who is a nationally-ranked triathlete who is a good runner. She could step into the top seven early in the year according to Iverson.
It is tough to repeat as a state champion as this team knows that. It is not going to be an easy jog in the park to get that title and this team has demonstrated that with the work that they have put in this summer.
A higher finish in Portland is also possible. Preview — Yorkville to the next step up on the big stage last fall with hoping to take many more steps upward in They finished 18th in Nationals. This group is dedicated and driven to be the best versions of themselves they can possibly be on the race course and as teammates. They weren't satisfied with the way they finished their season at NXN last year and made the necessary changes to take control of the controllable.
They got out too slow and were not able to get into the race thus finishing in 18th. It has been a chip on their shoulder all summer according to their top runner Emily Ehrhardt in what she said after Detweiller at Dark at the end of July. Yorkville showed what shape they were in at that race with Ehrhardt running Fox will be one of the wildcards for this team this fall. She ran for 1A Peotone last fall running She moved to Yorkville in the winter and ran Borowiak did not run in the national meets due to an injury she suffered the Monday after the state meet.
Nicole Greyer will also contribute to the top seven. She could be a factor by the time Yorkville gets to the state series. Sophomores Sara Klemm and Hailey Simmons were part of the state and national teams last fall and will make this team that much deeper in Yorkville will have the power up front like they did last year when they had three all-state runners. We could see the same type of team for the Lady Foxes with the possibility of four runners in the top 25 when we get to Detweiller.
The key of the development of a fifth runner for this squad. There split on the top five last year was 51 seconds. Through four runners in the state meet, that split was 46 seconds.
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It will be a tighter first four split for this team as evidenced by the July race. In my view, Illinois girls 3A, is one of the deepest states team wise in the country and should be an exciting competitive year from beginning to end. The Lady Mustangs are loaded with talent like last year when they finished fifth in the state meet just 10 points behind third-place Lyons Township and a single point behind fourth-place Wheaton-Warrenville South.
The top six runners are back from the state team and go as deep as 11 runners that could step into one of those seven spots.
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This talent is close on the course but seems to be closer off it. Those things can go a long way by the end of a season. They've worked very hard to teach the traditions and work ethic to our younger runners this summer.
By the time we finished camp which included the Det at Dark race for the first timeit was obvious that they are running for each other as well as themselves. She earned All-State honors in the fall by placing 19th at Detweiller. She came back on the track to finish seventh in the Meter Run with a She is one of the runners to watch in finishing in the top ten in November.
Then it comes down to the pack that other teams seem to fear. In the final three races of the season, they were on different positions on the team other than Cohoon and her top spot. The combination of Melissa Weidner, Kennedy Warden, Erin Reidy, and Becky Versaskas were separated by only five seconds with Rebecca Diddia, their sixth runner, less than 15 seconds back. You can add in Olivia Duax that will make an impact. They all had breakout performances this past track season, but maybe none more so than Erin Reidy.
She is determined to put her 2: The strength of our team over the last 2 seasons has been our tight pack and that group is committed to keeping the pack together, but our improvement will come from closing the gap from that pack to the 1 runner.
The gap from Cohoon to the rest of the pack was 31 seconds in their sectional race. It grew to 43 seconds at state. We know that their pack will be tight throughout this season. Staying as close as 20 seconds to their front runner makes this team a contender for a state championship.
Naperville North and Yorkville are clearly the early season front runners, but I think that our team, along with WWS, Lyons Township, Barrington, and maybe a few others can give them a challenge before the season is over. Preview — The Lady Tigers stayed in the shadows most of last season before peaking at the right time during the state series. South looked strong with convincing wins in their regional and sectional meets before finishing fourth in the state meet. There are a few girls who could have an impact.
All our top girls had great summer of training. As a group and individually, the best they and our program has ever had. It starts with their top runner Samantha Poglitsch. As a freshman last fall, she was splitting time between running and club soccer. That resulted in an 11th place finish at state and the fastest freshman in the meet. Poglitsch putt all her attention towards running in the spring and that paid off with a 5: At the end of her freshman season, she was not running like a freshman.
She's ready to make the needed steps in her development to a great runner. Moneysmith had a great track season qualifying for the state meet running a personal best That momentum continued for her over the summer to the point where she could be running with Poglitsch in the fall. Laurel is taking the very positive momentum from her excellent spring and is ready for a great cross-country season.
You could also expect Sarah Kulkarni to contribute to her top five in her senior season. Poglitsch will be one of the top five runners in the state. Moneysmith among the all-state runners in November is obviously a plus.
Keeping a five-runner split under 50 seconds off Poglitsch will be a bigger plus.
They will need a tight pack to compete with the other teams in the state. From what this team has done this summer, they are in the right direction to do something special. They showed their character the following week by finishing third in the Nike Cross Midwest Regional.
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They were a team on the rise that deserved the chance to run in Portland. They did not get that chance. Jocelyn Long graduating was a loss for this team. They will not be a surprise this season with their remaining six runners back. We may start out a little slow as we nurse some nagging aches and pains in a couple of athletes.
This should not affect us up front but will keep our runners from being where they should be at this point.
She was a surprise for Barrington early last season but developed to a go to second runner for the team earning all-state honors 21st place. Fitzpatrick could be one of the top ten runners in the state taking over the top spot from Long.
They could also place in the top 50 when we get to November. The three to five runner split at state last year was 31 seconds. Alyssa Norris along with sisters Eve and Sophie Hoeltgen will solidify the end of the top five. Fitzpatrick will get the team low numbers up front, but their pack needs to stay at or under 30 seconds especially by the time the state series begins.
Not making it to NXN last year has really motivated the girls. They know that every meet counts. They believe they can run with some of the good teams in Illinois as well teams from other states. Preview — will be a season of new beginnings for the Bulldogs. They also welcome a freshman Katrina Schlenker who has the promise to be one of the top runners in the state. She has the work ethic and determination to do so.
Each girl has trained like they have great individual goals to achieve. That should bode well for our team accomplishments. You should see an improvement on the pack from three to five perhaps from 25 to 30 seconds. The Bulldogs could have the benefit of two runners placing in the top ten at state. They will need to have their other scorers in the top 60 to challenge for a state trophy. That meet along with the new DuKane Conference make for a tougher schedule.
Preview — If there was one surprise team in 3A last fall it was Lyons Township and what they accomplished at the end of last season.
They then made the podium at state taking a trophy back to LaGrange finishing third without an all-state runner. Emily Henkel and Kate Dickman were within six seconds of Kogucki giving this team a solid top three. Henkel suffered an injury during the track season and should start to run again in the next couple of weeks. Getting her healthy will be a priority for this team this fall. It could be a solid top four if Sarah Barcelona recovers from an injury that forced her to miss all junior season in In as a sophomore, Barcelona ran It's great to have Sarah working out with the group again, but her most valuable contributions come in other areas.
She understands what it's like to deal with setbacks, and she has a lot of valuable insights to offer her teammates. A teammate's words always carry more weight than a coach's. Three were within two seconds of each other in their conference race. This is a strong packing team evidence by their finish of a year ago. The Lions ran 5 in the top 22 in their sectional with a 49 second split on the top five. The state split on the group was only 33 seconds. It would not surprise me if this team sneaks up on others again this year.
The top three in the top 25 is a possibility.
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Getting their top five split under 45 seconds could be something that gets this team in the mix for another trophy. The addition of Barcelona, if she is healthy, could make this team extremely tough. The team will have some bumps early on with Henkel out.
The girls understand that the best way to do well at the end of the year is to concentrate on their learning process. Preview — No one saw Benet Academy coming at the same time last year. The Redwings finished an improbable season first finishing fourth in the Hinsdale Central and then 11th in the state meet.
Hoffman Estates could take the second spot if their pack 24 seconds within each other last week can get within 45 seconds of 1 runner Meagan Biddle in this race. Glenbrook South is a young squad that could surprise some if they place in the top 3 in this meet. Hersey and Fremd should also place in the top six teams in this meet. Prospect should be the favorite in this race. Watch for that to happen again in this race. Hoffman Estates did not run their best last week and will look to bounce back.
Matt Peterson, who was not among their top seven last week, will be a big key in whether this team can take away a regional championship. The split on their top 5 was 58 seconds last week without Peterson in there. It is normally close to 30 seconds. Hersey finished 4th at MSL and could be a factor in this meet. Glenbrook South, Fremd, and Wheeling most likely will be the other teams making it to sectionals.
Lake Forest continues to run a tight 4 runner pack up front led by Emma Milburn. Last week at the NSC Meet, their split was only 29 seconds with a 67 second split on their top 5. Stevenson will have one of the favorites in the race Isabelle Sparreo up front. They will need to keep their split on 5 near seconds in order to keep the second spot.