8. Stephen Moody (Sr., Glen Ellyn [Glenbard West]) 
It is amazing to me how big of a turn-around that Moody had this year. He started off rocky throughout the first couple meets as if trying to find his footing. He found it at the Naperville Twilight Invite and hasn't looked back since. It really culminated with a huge performance at state running a 14:30 to take 6th place. I hope he's able to show his true talent at NXR this year, taking it seriously. His performance last year left me more than a little disappointed.