2019 State Champion: East St. Louis (Shonjahnea Griggs, Maysha Vickers, Jariah Turner, Faith Mitchell) 3:52.96
Key Teams: East St Louis (Senior), Carbondale, Peoria Notre Dame, Chicago Morgan Park, Springfield Southeast, Burlington Central, Richmond Burton, Clinton, Dunlap (3A in '19)
Breakdown: Yes, the showstopper in 2019 was a one-team show as the Ladies of E. St. Louis Sr. dominated the field. The second-place team was nearly ten seconds behind! Will the gap close in 2020, or will the Flyerettes, who graduated three members from their quartet, find more championship pieces? Don't count out East St. Louis, whose team even has their own song for the 4x400.
The main challenger appears to be an experienced Carbondale group which returns all four members that finished third last year.
Experience matters which is why state runner-up Peoria Notre Dame who returns three members will be in the mix for a victory here.
Other teams who return three or more state experienced athletes include Morgan Park, Burlington Central, Clinton, and Springfield Southeast.
Dunlap who moves back down to the 2A ranks also bring back three members and looks to join the party.