The girls cross country history goes back to the early 80's when the distance was 2.1 miles. It would later be lengthened to 2.5 miles in 1998. Finally, the powers that be came to their senses and moved the distance 3.0m (same as boys) in 2002. Paulina Garcia of Streamwood would become the first runner to break 17:00 on the famed Detweiller course in 2003 with a 16:48 clocking. It was until 2010 that someone broke 16:40, on the strength of Ariel Michalek's blazing 16:32. The Oswego East junior held off Hinsdale Central's Jill Hardies who ran a then-sophomore record 16:34.