9. Charlie Wetzel (Jr., Normal Community West) 
I knew the name Charlie Wetzel heading into the state meet, but he was originally ranked on this list somewhere in the twenties. But he had the race of his life at state as he ran a 14:30 to take seventh place. He stayed in basically the same position through the first two miles in around 10th place, but the 4:51 final mile that he threw down propelled the breakout runner into 7th place. Wetzel has a bright future and I'm excited to see what he can do next year.