7. Ethan Kern (Jr., Elmhurst [York]) 
Kern has been one of the best breakout runners for Illinois this year. Sadly, he didn't have his best performance of the year at state placing 9th with a 14:32. But I feel this was a great learning experience for Kern. This was still his first all-state honor. I can't wait to see how he grows from this and how he does during this upcoming track season and next xc season.