11. Tyler Cushing (Jr., Bolingbrook) 
There's been a misunderstanding in how I thought about Cushing earlier this year. I did believe in his ability to be a great runner in the state. But his performance at state in the 3200m last year didn't indicate for me that he would have a good finish this cross country season. This made me worried he wouldn't be able to maintain the talent late in the game. But he proved me wrong at state taking 10th with a 14:34. One thing I would love to see Cushing improve on is his closing speed. He is a kid that doesn't have a whole lot of footspeed and it showed with him dropping three spots in the final mile. Maybe that is something to work on this winter, as he will need it for the track.