2018 State Champion: Arielle Summitt (Urbana University High) 2:11.03
Key Returners: Delanie Dykes (Sr., Gibson City -Melvin-Sibley), Zarra Humphry (Sr., Warsaw), Fran Hendrickson (Jr., Champaign [St. Thomas More]), Danika White (Jr., New Athens, Gabby Alongi (Jr.), DuQuoin, Maleigha Huston (So., Bushnell-Prairie City), Breena Shreeves (Jr., Knoxville), Katie Springer (Sr.), Delavan
Outlook: The top state placers and returners are gone. State champ Arielle Summitt had a great run but she is now competing at John Hopkins University. Former Elgin Harvest Carsen Forte runner has moved on to 3A Crystal Lake (Prairie Ridge). There is a fleet of girls under 2:20 back led by third placer Delanie Dykes. But the main girl to watch is Marianne Mihas. She ran 2:16 during the season which is the fastest time among the returners. Mihas on her way to a finals berth last year when she tripped on the rail with 200m remaining and missed out. That should not happen this time out as a complete frontrunner on pace to burn the track in elite fashion.