St. Charles East has been going HAM all season long. Can they continue the surge one more day? Josh Methner is ready to defend his title.
Articles with Lake Zurich High School
Class 3A is incredibly deep this season. Check out this next group of teams!
The breakdown of each class at the state championship
The Twitter previews
Let's play the pre-season rankings game
Lake Zurich rolls in regular season finale
Palatine Invite recap
Palatine meet of champions
Neuqua Valley starts the season as the #1 team in Illinois
3A Girls: The introduction
It was a nice lazy morning at the renewed Heritage Park in Wheeling for the Wheeling Invitational which was moved from the All State Insurance Corporate layout....
The last several years at the top of the 3A food chain has seen Hinsdale Central (enjoying the spoils of victory above last year) eating mighty good. The Red Devils fought off their key would be hunter in Orland Park (Sandburg) in earning a second consecutive state championship.
State week! Historic Detweiller Park in Peoria has held a special place in my heart ever since I first ran there my sophomore year during the season but I don’t think I’m the only person in Illinois who feels that way. I’ve been to the state meet both as part of a qualifying team and to watch individuals from our school, and it is hard to parallel the excitement and energy at the park.
Every state championship seems to bring out the best in Illinois runners. Could it be that historic Detweiller is the reason? Perhaps it is to an extent, but the real reason has to be better coaching of girls for the three-mile distance. Two seasons ago Madeline Perez of Glenbard West set the all-time record of 16:02. That performance and the other 86 girls who broke 18:00 confirmed the fact that girls can indeed run the same distance as boys with relevance and respect. This year times are fast and we all should see some wonderful team and individual performances on Saturday afternoon
Snap recap of the Wheeling Invite held at the AllState Insurance North American Headquarters in Northbrook, IL
With freshmen year bests of a 4:15 mile, 9:12 3200, and 15:20 3 mile, Lake Zurich's Matt Pereira certainly has run fast enough to be considered one of the top Future Stars of XC in the entire nation.
The cross country scene on Illinois' biggest stage is expected to be MAJOR this season. Consider the fact that defending state champion Glenbard West lost only one girl in its top seven (albeit the great Madeline Perez) and did not even contest themselves after the IHSA season. The Lady Hilltoppers will be in the proverbial catbird seat once again with the likes of a hungry and national teams like Naperville North and New Trier on their heels. Thus the pre-season hype is ready to explode. Don't forget about the hunters lurking just down under and waiting for their opportunity to pounce on those who they catch slacking.