Perfect weather, perfect course and perfect competition, makes for a perfect cross country meet. The Peoria Notre Dame Invitational accomplished that Saturday. US #22 Naperville North beat IL-ranked Palatine by four points for the team title. Out-of-stater Griff Graves (Sr., Abingdon, VA), won the three mile race in 14:19. Meanwhile, US #8 Hinsdale Central girls won the team title, barely beating runner-up Stagg 126-137. Individually, Caitlin Comfort (Sr., Peoria Notre Dame) won in 16:42.
Around the nation this weekend, top teams and individuals take to the cross country courses at some very big meets. West of the Mississippi, the Liberty Bell Invitational in Colorado showcases seven ranked teams, including boys US #3 Albuquerque Academy. East of the Mississippi, the Hartford Cross Country Festival in Connecticut, will highligh the top boys team in the country, Danbury, CT, as well as a handful of potential Foot Locker qualifiers. This is one big weekend for high school cross country!