Katelynne Hart lays down a smashing finish at last September's Lake Park Cross Country Invite
As with the boy's side of the ledger, many returning girl cross country runners success has been predestined. Of course, we all know that Katelynne Hart is hardly an emerging athlete after two years of top-level performances. The Glenbard West rising junior will stay on afloat and miles in front of her peers this fall.
This autumn one name to keep a close eye on is the Naperville North duo of Alex Morris and Campbell Petersen. Morris placed 4th in this year's 3A 3200m state championship and dropped a sizzling 10:33.40. Because the Huskies team is filled with stars like Sarah Schmitt and Hannah Ricci as well as a superstar coach in Dan Iverson, it was incredibly hard to standout. Now that Schmitt and Ricci have moved on, look for the senior to be Morris to really step up and be a front runner. New teammate Campbell transferred in from 2A power Dunlap where she placed runner-up in last year's state xc final. Campbell later won a track title in the 1600m. Don't be surprised if you see Campbell raise the bar to an unreal level this season.
Katherine Olsen quietly puts together one of the best overall seasons within the past year. The Dekalb rising senior has a combined time of 15:41.55 that ranks second overall. Olsen's notoriety issue may be for the fact that she is on a sprint rich team which stole all of the headlines. Another could be an off day at the state meet proved unfortunate to the mind of the fan. Olsen placed 36th in the 3A cross country and took the hard-luck 10th in the 3200. The Barbs coaching staff has faith in Olsen and they expect her to be among the titans this fall.