Distance Running 360: How Did 2017-18 Class 2A Boys Do?


It was a battle of sorts during the 2017 2A IHSA Cross Country Chase

Below are the 2017 top 25 Class 2A cross country all-state placers outcomes. We chronicled their indoor and outdoor track seasons into the equation.


1. Matthew Richtman (Sr., Maple Park Kaneland) 14:23- Competed in 3A; earned 8th place in state 3200m w/personal best 9:14.96; ran 4:18.71 for 1600m 

2. Jacob Gebhardt (Sr., Sterling) 14:23- 5th/3200m; 9:24.00/3200m; 4:20.61/1600m

3. Jack Becker (Sr., Crystal Lake South) 14:31- Competed in 3A; 6th state/1600m (4:16.86PB); 3200m/9:20.85 PB 

4. Mathias Powell (Jr., Mahomet-Seymour) 14:45- 3200m State Runner-UP; clocked 9:14.76 PB at Distance Night in Palatine; 4:25.76i/1600m

5. Austin Ohm (Sr., Lansing Illiana Christian)  14:47- 6th state/3200m; PB 9:25.86; 1600m/4:28.02

6. Riley Fortune (Sr., Mahomet-Seymour) 14:48- 9th state/800m (1:57.07); 1600m/4:27.34

7. Stephen Poorten (Sr., Sycamore) 14:56- 7th state/3200m; 1600m/4:23.19

8. Jared Schuckman (Sr., Normal University) 15:00- 800m State Champion (1:53.89 PB); 1600m State Champion (4:19.97)

9. Ryan Hodge (Sr., Mahomet-Seymour) 15:02- Did not advance to state in any events; 1600m/4:27.21i; 3200m/9:34.21i

10. Charlie Smith (So., Antioch) 15:02- Competed in 3A; 19th state prelim/1600m; PB 4:22.79 

11. Daniel Chen (Jr., IMSA) 15:03- 3rd state 1600/4:20.19

12. Spencer Smith (Sr., Rock Island Alleman) 15:05- 1600m State Runner-UP 4:20.16; 3rd place state 3200m; 9:17.44 PB

13. Brett Haffner (Sr., Darien Hinsdale South) 15:06- Competed in 3A; 39th state/3200m; 9:21.03 PB; 1600m/4:20.58 PB

14. John Bruce (So., Marion) 15:08- 10th state/1600m; 4:25.64 PB; 3200/9:46.30

15. Nick Oakley (Sr., Charleston) 15:10- 3rd state 800m/1:54.45; 1600/4:22.22 PB 

16. Charlie Wetzel (So., Normal Community West) 15:10-Competed in 3A; 16th state/3200; ran 9:27.46 PB; 4:29.98/1600 PB; 2:00.62/800m

17. Blake Jones (Sr., Lincoln) 15:13- 6th state/800m (1:56.04 PB); 1600/4:28.70
 
18. Kyle Boughter (So., Springfield) 15:13- Competed in 3A; did not advance to state; 3200/9:48.92; 1600/4:42.89

19. Austin Bicknell (Sr., Bloomington) 15:14- Did not advance to state in any event; 800/2:04.67; 1600/4:43.04; 3200/10:13.96

20. Chris Gilbert (Jr., Peoria Notre Dame) 15:15- 8th state/800m; 400/51.87

21. Anthony Farmer (So., Burlington Central) 15:16- Ran on 6th pl 4x800 relay; 3200/9:44.54i; 1600/4:40.33
 
22. Jacob Wardzala (Sr., Riverside-Brookfield) 15:16- Competed in 3A; ran in 4x800 relay prelims; 1600/4:32.90i; 
 
23. Luke Manolakes (So., Champaign Centennial) 15:16- Competed in 3A; 1600/4:27.84; 3200/9:48.92
 
24. Derek Van Prooyen (Sr., Lansing Illiana Christian) 15:16- 8th state/1600; 9:53.66i/3200
 
25. Drey Maton (Jr., Chatham-Glenwood) 15:17- Competed in 3A; ran on state prelim 4x800 relay; 800m/2:02.19; 4:30.85/1600m 


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