16. Brett Gardner (Jr., New Lenox [Lincoln-Way East]) 
It was great to see Gardner have a resurgence near the end of this cross season after being nowhere to be found before the conference. I believe Gardner has national qualifier potential, but what is holding him back is the lack of competition he sees throughout the year. Next year he will need to find some bigger meets to enter into before just the state meet. Maybe add in something like Richard Spring or Palatine Meet Of Champions.