• 2A Boys Individual XC Preview: Pick Your Poison

    Tony Jones - 5 Hours Ago - Comment
  • 2A Boys Team Cross Country Pre-Season Preview: #1-#10

    Class 2A is going to be a league to watch from top to bottom once the post-season kicks off. Yorkville is the defending champion followed by the seething runner-ups from Lansing who beat the Foxes once last year. Illiana Christian is counting down their exit from Illinois to Indiana as a school. Before they head east they want a state championship in their trophy case. Upstart Wheaton Academy is a team that is lurking in the shadow and will have something to say about the climate in November. Overall, cross country is going to be fun to follow!

    Tony Jones - Yesterday - Comment
  • 2A Boys Team Cross Country Pre-Season Preview: #20-#11

    Being middle-class always come with changes. For this year more than any other time since the three-classification system was adopted in 2007 there has been more shuffling than in any time. For example, Chicago Jones moves to 3A because of enrollment changes as does Lisle (Benet Academy). Initially Hinsdale South was slated for 3A but an oversight by the IHSA will keep in 2A for at least another season. Chicago Latin, a tiny private school, makes the jump from 1A. They earned a trophy on the girls side last year.

    Tony Jones - Yesterday - Comment
  • 2014 Class 2A Girls Individual Pre-Season Preview

    The 2A classification should be one to follow all season long as many of last season's top distance runners return. The anticipation of many in season match ups will take shape each weekend up to the state championship.

    Tony Jones - 3 Days Ago - Comment
  • XC National Powerhouses Scouting Report: Naperville North Girls (IL)

    Pre-season scouting report on the Naperville North High School girls cross country team of Illinois.

    Brandon Miles - 3 Days Ago - Comment
  • 2A Girls Team Cross Country Pre-Season Preview: #1-#10

    The theme of the season could be "The Lady Fox Trot" or how about "Chasing the Lady Foxes?" Regardless of what anyone decides to call Yorkville they are going to need to add the word "Dynasty" next to their name. The Lady Foxes indeed are poised to defend their state championship a fourth time. In fact, Coach Chris Muth and company have finished first or secord every year since 2009. Some people are taking about 2015 when then junior class is expected to be even more lights out. But first thing first, there are a few teams lurking in the weeds waiting for an opportunity to dethrone the 2A queens of cross country.

    Tony Jones - 4 Days Ago - 1 Comments
  • 2A Girls Team Cross Country Pre-Season Preview: #20-#11

    The opening day of Cross Country is similar to baseball in that it is so refreshing to see everyone after a nice layoff. It is also a time where all solid teams who have prepared themselves well in the offseason feel they a chance to be successful. The traditionally strong teams (powerhouses if you will) will be in it all season long to duel against the big dogs as well as the emerging pups. The question is which one of these teams can step up from the second tier and become a major force in late October and into November? The answer to the question will have to be answered in a series of tests. Milesplit Illinois will be when happens.

    Tony Jones - 5 Days Ago - Comment
  • 2014 Class 1A Boys Individual Pre-Season Preview

    This was not an easy individual year to rank. It may be that that the top six previewed are pretty safe picks, with those same six back from last year’s top ten. But everyone else, however, is a complete mystery, with 13 of 25 back who originally finished all-state, plus 29 back from this year’s top 50, many of whom majorly stepped up in track. Honestly anyone in the top 20 could end this season a top ten finisher.

    Alex Goodlad - 7 Days Ago - Comment
  • 1A Boys Team Cross Country Pre-Season Preview: #1-#10

    Today we take a cross examination of the top ten boys teams as we anticipate yet another intense battle between many strong teams that you’ve definitely seen before from last year’s slugfest party! The clear favorite is no surprise: Elmwood *cough* *cough*. But whatever team those other trophies end up going to, it will be a surprise, because the top 2-7 look to be very evenly matched for the most part. Really any team in the top 10 could be in the hunt for a trophy if you added them one x-factor, other things equal. But based solely on returning runners, incoming recruits, and some major guesswork on how state scoring influences things, here is where the teams stand.

    Alex Goodlad - Last Week - Comment
  • 1A Boys Team Cross Country Pre-Season Preview: #20-#11

    Over in this tier of rankings, we have many cross country teams with a lot of returning veterans that look to place lower by the end of the season. There are other teams listed that have proven themselves worthy of state competition (time and time again in some cases) but are just not cut a break in sectional placement, which we can all say is the flawed reality of the sectional system right now. But who is to say what the top 20 best teams are? It’s arbitrary and that’s why we have these rankings for!

    Alex Goodlad - Last Week - Comment
  • 2014 Class 1A Girls Individual Pre-Season Preview

    Generally in 1A girls, getting anywhere in the 17-minute range guarantees you a top ten finish, and getting anywhere under 18:20 guarantees an all-state spot. Last year however, coaches anticipated a competitive year and they were not disappointed. The top ten cut-off was 17:50 then going up to 18:00 for the first 15 harriers. And finally the all-state cutoff was 18:14. While this doesn’t even compare to what kind of cutoff times we generally see from 2A and 3A, this is still very astounding considering the small size of the schools. And this year, this kind of competition does not look to shrivel anytime soon with twelve of last year’s top 25 all back, including seven of last year’s top ten. And the most crucial component in the extremely competitive landscape is Effingham (St. Anthony) sophomore sensation Anna Sophia Keller. The multi-talented youngster appears to be head and shoulders above her competition. Hopefully, a deep returning field will add a bit of drama along the journey to Peoria and beyond.

    Alex Goodlad - Last Week - Comment
  • 1A Girls Team Cross Country Preview: #10-#1

    From a team perspective, 2014 is looking like a year of excellent top runners. Many teams have two or three runners who can run in the 19-minute range or below. However, in order to make it or break it for a majority of these teams is either finding a solid fifth runner, or getting their fifth runner from last year down.

    Alex Goodlad - Last Week - 1 Comments
  • 1A Girls Team Cross Country Preview: #20-#11

    From a team perspective, 2014 is looking like a year of excellent top runners. Many teams have two or three runners who can run in the 19-minute range or below. However, in order to make it or break it for a majority of these teams is either finding a solid fifth runner, or getting their fifth runner from last year down.

    Alex Goodlad - Last Week - 2 Comments
  • Top 25 Fastest Returning Girls XC Teams in NXN Midwest Region

    A list of the top 25 fastest returning girls cross country teams within the states of the NXN Midwest Region including Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

    Brandon Miles - Last Week - Comment
  • Top 25 Fastest Returning Boys XC Teams in NXN Midwest Region

    A list of the top 25 fastest returning boys cross country teams within the states of the NXN Midwest Region including Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri.

    Brandon Miles - Last Week - 2 Comments
  • Cross Country 2014... On The Verge!

    The build up to the official start date of the 2014 cross country season has already been in effect. It actually started as soon as the 2014 track and field season ended for the vast majority of the returning teams and individuals.  Of course each new season begins with its own set of hypeness. Well MileSplit has dedicated to lauch its own hypeness attack.

    Tony Jones - 2 Weeks Ago - Comment
  • IL Athletes Show Off On Last Day Of AAU Nationals

    The AAU Junior Olympic National Championships represent the last stand for youth track and field for 2014.  The famed Drake University Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa played host to several thousand tots to high schoolers. The week long celebration produced some of the best marks in the country. As well, several Illinois athletes surged to season and career bests.

    Tony Jones - 2 Weeks Ago - Comment
  • Zach Dale: Summer Training Blog

    Zach Dale is one of the top returning distance runners in the United States. As a junior at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Dale had a breakout year in which he bust personal bests of 14:29.95, 8:56.35, 4:09.96y, and even a swift 1:56.11 for 800m. Dale finished 4th in last fall's 3A cross country final and will return with a dead aim to take the crown against equal stallion Jesse Reiser of McHenry. This season will be very interesting to follow between the two aces. Dale has agreed to share some of his summer training. Below is a snap shot of his training to date.

    Tony Jones - 3 Weeks Ago - Comment
  • Lindsay Graham: Summer Training

    Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) junior standout Lindsay Graham was already an emerging talent when she transferred from cross county rival Glenbard East in the fall of 2013. Graham proceeded as an individual force for the Hilltoppers. The damage that Graham created was to the tune of two state all-state honors in cross country and track. The Hilltoppers copped the team title in the 3A classification as well. Lindsay has been training well and injury free. As a result she agreed in kind to share some of her summer running experience.

    Tony Jones - 3 Weeks Ago - Comment
  • Fastest Returning Girls in Foot Locker Midwest Region

    The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker Midwest Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

    Brandon Miles - 3 Weeks Ago - 1 Comments

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