Distance Running 360: How Did 2018-19 Class 2A Girls Do?

High school sports are 360 degrees in nature- a full circle if you will. Most long distance runners will begin their quest during the early months of summer training for cross country. The three months of training that kids put in are an attempt to run in the state championship in November. For the few lucky ones, they will go on and compete in Nike Cross Nationals, Foot Locker or some other post-season meet. But what has been lost in the sauce is the entire school calendar which runs through the winter indoor campaign and finally back around to the all-important outdoor track and field season. We wanted to chronicle the very beginning and end. Obviously, some athletes get lazy after cross country or hurt. Others may play other sports in the spring:  lacrosse, club soccer, baseball, volleyball, etc.

(Disclaimer: state championship races are 800, 1600, 3200, 4x800 are 12 field entries) 
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1Brooke Stromsland- Competed in 3A; placed 4th in state 1600... ran personal best 4:57.00; took 2nd in 3200... ran personal best 10:40.95 at Arcadia invite; 800 (2:19.63 PB)10Lakes High School16:32.710
2Lianna Surtz- State 1600 champion... clocked PB 4:55.53; ran leg on 4th place 4x800; 3200 (11:14.63)9Rosary High School16:35.551
3Marianne Mihas- Competed in 1A; won state 1600... PB is 4:55.62; won 800 state crown... PB is 2:13.91 10Chicago Latin High School17:04.302
4Ava Parekh- Competed in 1A; won state 3200 title... PB is 10:27.35; 2nd place/1600... PB is 4:53.589Chicago Latin High School17:08.803
5Jenna Schwartz- Placed 8th in 3200 state... season-best 10:57.89; 1600 (5:19.86i SB)12Waterloo High School17:14.674
6Gianna Sagona- Competed in 3A; no state meet appearances; 3200 (12:01.97 SB)11Belvidere North High School17:19.925
7Madison Diercks- Competed in 3A; ran leg on 4x800r at state prelims; 1600 (5:12.98 SB); HJ (5'2" SB); TJ (36-1i PB)11Belvidere North High School17:30.846
8Elizabeth Sims- 14th pl state/3200... clocked PB 11:35.65; 1600 (5:25.32 PB)9Mahomet-Seymour High School17:34.097
9Katie Castelli- 5th pl stat/3200... 11:17.61 PB; competed in state 1600 prelim (5:20.69 PB)10St. Viator High School17:38.208
10Kylie Hagmann- No state meet appearances; 3200 (11:39.55i PB)12Woodstock High School17:40.590
11Ella Bittner- Anchored 4x800 to state championship; placed 3rd in 1600 state... ran PB of 5:04.98; 3200 (11:35.73); 800 (2:19.59) 10Normal University High School17:40.649
12Kaylie Politza- Competed in 3A; placed 8th state/800... PB is 2:13.48; 1600 (5:13.12)9Lemont High School17:41.0710
13Chelsea Gale- Competed in 3A; no state meet appearances; 1600 (5:37.07); 800 (2:38.46)10Prairie Ridge High School17:44.8511
14Kelli Tosic- Competed in 3A; no state appearances; 3200 (11:01.15); 1600 (5:10.63); 800 (2:26.10)11Grayslake North High School17:45.260
15Rachel Richtman- Competed in 3A; ran in state 800 prelim (2:20.59 PB); mile (5:10.76); 3200 (11:45.70i)11Kaneland High School17:47.4712
16Amanda O'donnell- Placed 15th state/3200... PB is 11:33.36; 1600 (5:26.37)9University High School17:47.6313
17Aspen Gordon- Placed 3rd state/3200... PB is 10:54.52; took 4th in 1600 final... PB 5:04.60; 800 (2:20.92)12Morton High School17:49.8914
18Kaitlin Skeate- Competed in 3A; no state appearances; 3200 (12:13.74 SB); 1600 (5:37.37 SB)10Bloomington High School17:51.970
19Mackenzie Aldridge- Competed in 3A; no state appearances; 3200 (11:20.40); 1600 (5:23.10)11Crystal Lake South High School17:52.8815
20Emma Skinner- Placed 6th state/1600... PB is 5:12.78; 3200 (11:21.12 PB)9Morton High School17:54.5316
21Sydnie Elder- Competed in 3A; ran on state prelim 4x800r; 1600 (5:25.93 SB); 800 (2:25.03 SB)10Belvidere North High School17:55.2917
22Caroline Riss- Competed in 3A; no state appearances; 800 (2:21.73 PB); 400 (1:03.13 PB)12Grayslake North High School17:55.370
23Paige Stees- Competed in state prelim 4x800; 1600 (5:30.76 PB); 3200 (12:15.29 PB)10Dixon High School17:55.610
24Macy Priess- Competed in 3A; ran 800 state prelim (2:19.06 PB); 1600 (5:15.41); 3200 (11:47.82)10Dunlap High School17:57.7918
25Jade Miller- Competed in state prelim 4x800; 800 (2:31.92 PB); 1600 (5:36.48 PB); 3200 (13:19.19)10Dixon High School18:00.610