Freeburg is #1
Freeburg is #1
IHSA Girls sectional preview
Class A girls who is #1?
Class A boys sneak peek
Class 1A girls sneak peek
The creme of the crop will manifest itself this fall
In this top 20-11 list, you have mostly teams that are not new to the concept of competing at state
the opening of the Class A girls is here
The first week of official cross country action is now in the books and despite limited action around the state, there were a few solid highlights.
Wow! What a race coming up! Parity has been quite the buzz word for the last two seasons that in what we have done with the rankings and it appears to really be no different now. The coaches are all catching on to this fact very well..
This particular group of ranked teams were hard to compose when you consider the level of parity it has meshed between classes 1A and 3A.
It should be a very interesting season in the girls Class 1A ranks
The parity is real! We will forget for a moment that three of the top fifteen teams from last year got bumped up to 2A
The Class A girls teams ranked #20 to #11 are profiled
Honestly, this seems like any team’s race between the top ten. Are there teams that seem more favorable than others? Definitely yes. But it stands to reason that a lot of the teams here can beat another team on a good day, and conversely get beaten on a bad day. It will come down to the team that is able to peak best, and the rankings reflect the teams (including a really obvious one) that are either known to peak best and/or are teams that have garnered much experience and should prepare themselves to run how they need to in this crucial weekend.
This race is looking to be rather the opposite of last year. As opposed to just a few key players that will outshine the rest, we have much what one would call “parity” going into this state meet. I could honestly see any of the top five teams ranked teams placing this meet in any order, and then any team ranked in the top ten could conceivably outdo a team in the top five. Without further ado, here are the teams to watch.
The action is going to be hot all around the state in the 1A classification. Read about it here
1A Cross Country Week 8 Recap
As some would say, the season doesn’t really begin until the season starts to end. With three weeks to go until state this is when teams start to fine tune themselves for their ultimate goals. Races like this one are important for teams to become accustomed to the kind of all-out racing that will be done on November 8 at Detweiller Park.
The good news for runners weather-wise is that we are looking at some mild climes reaching up to a high of 67 degrees; the bad news is a forecast of a thunderstorm in the middle of the day.
Class A Week 6 indepth recap breakdown
Week 5 recap of class A action
Milesplit Illinois week #4 Class A cross country ranked team review
We could not ask for a better day at beautiful Detweiller Park in Peoria. Sunny and 60 degrees with some showers the night before to soften the ground a bit is as ideal as it could get. That said, although 1A is obviously not the fastest division in Illinois, expect some already intense competition really get a boost in times from the weather.
Week 2 team recaps
This was not an easy individual year to rank. It may be that that the top six previewed are pretty safe picks, with those same six back from last year’s top ten. But everyone else, however, is a complete mystery, with 13 of 25 back who originally finished all-state, plus 29 back from this year’s top 50, many of whom majorly stepped up in track. Honestly anyone in the top 20 could end this season a top ten finisher.
Today we take a cross examination of the top ten boys teams as we anticipate yet another intense battle between many strong teams that you’ve definitely seen before from last year’s slugfest party! The clear favorite is no surprise: Elmwood *cough* *cough*. But whatever team those other trophies end up going to, it will be a surprise, because the top 2-7 look to be very evenly matched for the most part. Really any team in the top 10 could be in the hunt for a trophy if you added them one x-factor, other things equal. But based solely on returning runners, incoming recruits, and some major guesswork on how state scoring influences things, here is where the teams stand.