There was only one king of cross country in Illinois... find out about W.G. below
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There was something about junior Wilson Georges last year when he finished seventh in the state meet. Could it have been he had one of the coolest high school names in Limestone in a town called Bartonville? Ok, maybe not so much. But the really the attitude of wanting to be the best overall runner in the state has been a goal of Georges for quite some time. An account by Georges' coach Brian Glaza describes his dedication to the sport: "Wilson has committed himself to the process since he was young, and his commitment has never wavered, even during this pandemic. If you live in Bartonville and haven't seen Wilson out running at some point, you probably don't get outside much."
Dedication to the sport of cross country has led Georges to become one of the best runners in the state regardless of classification. Unfortunately, the pandemic prevented all of the best runners from competing in full-scale invitationals like the Peoria series meets. However, during the undefeated journey, Georges was able to compete on the fabled Detweiller Park course several times. At the Peoria Notre Dame Boosters Invite, Wilson beat Class A standout 14:50-15:04, producing his first sub 15:00 effort for three-miles.
As the odds on favorite coming into the Shazam Championships, it appeared from the outset that Georges was toying with the competition. Despite some stiff competition for two-thirds of the flight four championship, Georges was in control the entire way, turning on the gas and dropping a final tough 5:07 mile to win in 15:46 (5K).
As good as Georges was in this makeshift season, look out for him in 2021. This stallion has an opportunity to step onto the national stage and really show his true colors.