There could be some mind-blowing performances in central Illinois on Saturday
Date: Saturday, November 2
Race times: Girls- 11:00a; Boys-12:00p
Location: Maxwell Park; Normal, IL-
#10 Minooka is the team to watch here as they have a solid top three that are all capable of placing in the top 10. There will be two keys for the Indians this week though as one will be getting top runner Jason Hoffman back to his usual self. He hasn't run-up to his capability since clocking 15:01 at the Naperville Twilight Invitational. The other key for the Indians will be making sure their 5th runner stays as close to their 4th runner Daniel Schalk and the pack as possible. Last week Nate Chaidez and Emerson Fayman both did a great job of that with each runner being within 10 and 13 seconds respectfully of Schalk. If the Indians can do the same thing for the next two weeks then they will be a threat for the rest of the state. #21 Edwardsville, Lincoln-Way Central, Yorkville, Lincoln-Way East, and Pekin will all be battling it out for those final four positions with Edwardsville and Yorkville looking to be a lock to make it back to Detweiller.
#4 Yorkville has been a powerhouse team over the past decade starting with 2A where they won multiple state championships. The Foxes have been particularly stellar in 3A with a flurry of state trophies on their mantle. This team is a heavy favorite to advance to Peoria if they can just maintain as they did at the Minooka Regional with a perfect score. They have all of their players back, particularly pre-season top runner Kailey Fox. Minooka, O'Fallon, Lincoln-Way Central, Normal Community, and Pekin are the next best teams expected to move on.