Katelynne H for the individual scene and Naperville North will patrol the team block
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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.
This could be one of the best seasons in 10 years
Rankings are subjective in nature as we all know, but it's fun to follow the trail of this particular group as they work to develop into elite status
The 4x800 is... a blend of distance royalty mixed in with long speed warriors coming together for a common cause to produce some amazing performances for all to enjoy.
Could see records fall here
The premium breakdown of national rankers
The Twitter previews
It was a great day to be a Midwest runner in Portland
NXN is almost here. Check out this preview of the boys teams and individuals ahead of the big meet.
The full NXN championship menu
The Downers Grove North Boys XC profile is compiled here
We will be tracking all throughout the NXN Regional qualifying meets whos in and whos out of NXN.
Let's play the pre-season rankings game
Find out who secured their spot at NXN from NXR Midwest
The NXN MW Regional preview is here!
It's sectional preview time!
Final season rankings
Week 8 FLO 50 Rankings
Week 7 IL FLO 50 Rankings
Naperville Twilight recap is here!
Naperville North hosted one of Illinois' best twilight meets on Thursday.
It should be a magical evening in Naperville at the Naperville Twilight Invitational
Week 6 IL Flo 50 Rankings
Week 5 IL FLO Rankings
Week 4 Flo 50 IL Cross Country Rankings
Week 3 IL Flo 50 Rankings
In this week's edition of The Scoop, we break down a whirlwind of a weekend in cross country
Check out the current XC team scores rankings for Illinois boys as of September 12th.
Check out the current XC team scores rankings for Illinois boys as of September 5th.
Week 2 Flo 50 IL rankings
IL Flo 50 Week 2 Rankings!
Pre-season Flo 50 Top 25
Downers Grove North is tabbed #1 in 3A
Impromptu vibes at PDX International Airport
A look at the top returning individuals and teams for next year's Nike Cross Nationals. A total of 10 girls teams and 4 boys teams have at least 5 returning runners from their 2016 NXN squad.
say hi to Downers Grove North!
Who's qualified so far?
Check out the boys XC team scores rankings based on scoring the season best 5K times of the top 7 runners of each team in the state of Illinois.
It is going to be electric in Naperville for the Twilight Invitational
Check out the top boys teams in the state of Illinois as of September 22nd based on XC team scoring all of the 5K times currently in the MileSplit database for the 2016 season.
Check out the top boys teams in the state of Illinois as of September 14th based on XC team scoring all of the 5K times currently in the MileSplit database for the 2016 season.
The showdown at FTTF is about to go down
Neuqua Valley starts the season as the #1 team in Illinois
Every state in the Union can brag about their best team or set of best teams. That is a given and a nature birth right to do so. However, when it comes to boys cross country, it would be incredibly hard to argue against the West Suburban Conference (Silver Division) not being the premier league in Illinois.
This mid-week invitational is expected to be classic, especially on the girls with the top four teams in the state meeting up...
The 3A portion of Boys Cross Country preview session is now here! We will be taking a look at the top 30 3A Boys in Illinois, as well as some of the other teams who might crack that top 30.
The extended above average climes in the Chicago land area has been a welcome relief to what most of us experienced during the usual cold winter. So it would behoove teams and individuals to take advantage of the situation before Mother Nature decides to flip the switch back to icy temperatures. The competitors at the Ritter Invitational hosted by Downers Grove North made good use of the situation and put in quality performances all around.
Friday night is going to be a great night either way… you may be out and about enjoying the beautiful spring time weather that is expected to reach near 80 degrees on the Mercury. Or if you are near a track and field stadium in the Downers Grove area, grab something to eat and head to Carstens Field on the Downers Grove North High School campus.
"There is no "I" in team, but there is an "I" in win." This was the sentiment of one coach after an amazing evening of top notch performances at the Al B. Carius Indoor Track and Field on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. The "I" simply refers to one getting check mated like a chess match. Game over.
The 12th Annual Mustangs Relays has become a sort of rites of passage for Illinois teams seeking to run fast times....
The opening scene Friday evening inside the Proviso West High School Field House in suburban Hillside just west of Chicago reminded one of a Soliloquy of chaos....
Last season was a banner year in boys track and field. The great regular season performances would go on and translate well in the state series. The state championship in particular was especially fun to follow and analyze. Check out the select coverage from the Milesplit IL team. They break down several events and two guest hosts assist them in Downers Grove North's Zack Smith and Ryan Clevenger.
The distance events (including the 4x8 relay) is going to another pressure cooker this season. Count on it!
The 4x800m relay without question is the deepest and most popular event on the boys event ledger. In 2014, there were an amazing 15 teams ranked among the nation's top 100- the most of any state in this great union. There were 34 teams that broke 8:00 which also was #1 in the country.
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
In the NCAA ranks, this will be the first weekend that invitationals will count toward their "countable season". The countable season basically means results will count toward at-large consideration into the NCAA Championships. The IHSA does not have this (perhaps they should and that is a discussion for another day)...
Last weekend at the Hinsdale Hornet-Devil Invitational, the competition and atmosphere was incredible and at a post-season fever pitch. It is hard to think anything can top that just a week later. Let’s go out on the limb and at least predict the level of production and excitement on all levels will be of equal proportions.
It was a brillant idea by a group of Eastern Illinois University alumni who at one time shined on the cross country course and track in their collegiate careers. The congomerate decided to start a cross country meet in their college's honor.
"There are so many good teams but not enough time"- a wise quote from a high school historian who proclaimed that when a sport is good there is not enough time to really enjoy it. The upcoming boys large classification may fit that bill. A new star was born last year when Hinsdale Central joined the elite class and won their first state championship going away. This year it should be another great cast of scenarios for us all to follow and enjoy.... strap it up and make the time!
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.
After many months of preparation and hard work, it is great to get down to the two weeks that all track and field athletes and fans look forward to the most...
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Thursday evening on the eve of the Easter Holiday featured some high-powered meets that would have normally taken place on Friday.
2014 Bruce Ritter Meet Program
After a few weeks away, it is nice to be back to blogging and to Illinois! This past weekend, Tony Zea, Ryan Clevenger, and I went out to California for the Arcadia Invitational.
I'm very exciting to be checking back in this weekend! It was an exciting week for my teammates and I due to Mustang Relays this past Monday night.
Well Monday night is the night ! For most of the indoor season, a lot of us have been waiting for the Mustang Relays. The race on Monday night should really start to give the state an idea of which relays will be coming out on top in May.
It’s great to be back after the first major weekend of track and field in Illinois! As always, the Proviso West Classic this past Saturday was loaded with competition in every event from 14 of the top teams in the state...
Traditionally, the third weekend of the February is considered “The Super Weekend” of track and field in Illinois because it’s when teams really get to strut their stuff for the first time. So it should not be a surprise to hear coaches saying their athletes have been scratching and kicking on the barn doors all winter in anticipation of competing in some top notch invitationals.
The 49th Annual Proviso West Boys track meet has a few names that fans go by. One is the Proviso West Boys Invitational, Proviso West Boys Indoor Classic, or the Proviso West Boys 16-team Invite. Whatever you wish to call to the meet it should be a good, quality meet if not great.
The first week of full action actually began during the early portion of the week with a few dual, triangular, quadrangular, and even five-team meets. There were some solid performances put up in contests that several Chicago suburban schools hosted in their field houses.
It’s great to be back following the opening weekend for many in this year’s track season! DGN opened up at Hinsdale Central last night, and there were a bunch of exciting performances on the track and in the field.
It's great to be back after another week of training as the indoor track season really begins to heat up. This past week has been very exciting for me due to national signing day this on Wednesday. I officially signed my National Letter of Intent to the University of Illinois, and I know that I am extremely blessed to get the opportunity to attend and run for such a great university in the upcoming years.
This is Zack, and it's nice to be checking back in! Wow, this has been quite the week in Illinois. This weather has really made it difficult to train, especially consistently. Consistency is crucial to a runner's training, and those who were able to accomplish this throughout this week have really demonstrated their dedication and love for the sport. Between the extreme cold earlier in the week and the snow that came in this weekend, the weather has separated the men from the boys
Hey, I hope that everyone is as excited for this upcoming track season as I am! I'm Zack Smith and I'm a distance runner for Downers Grove North. Running is something that I have become very passionate about in my life, and I am very excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to talk track with other enthusiasts from around the state during this upcoming track season. I want to thank the whole Milesplit crew, especially Mr. Jones, for contacting me and giving me the chance to blog for them this season, as it truly is an honor to be recognized by them.
Zack Smith is a senior at Downers Grove North High School. He recently took 3rd place at the Illinois 3A State cross country championship in Peoria on November 9th and led his team to a 2nd Place finish. This past weekend he finished 5th at Nike Midwest in Terre Haute, IN to earn a trip to Portland in early December for a chance to run against some of the best in the country. He also made a verbal commitment to run next year for Jake Stewart at the University of Illinois.
It was just several years ago that the Mid-Suburban League (MSL) had a strong hold on as the state’s best combined cross country conference. It was then that Palatine was the anchor team that ruled boys and girls high school running. Barrington, Mt. Prospect (Prospect), and Hoffman Estates are other strong examples.
Regional championship weekend has often been looked at as a throw-a-way three day period. It is the time of the year where many coaches scratch their heads and ask whether the regional format should be scrapped. Rather than get into the political side, I want to take an opportunity to describe a positive vibe that I got while on the lamb covering two meets in a day.
It shall be a new meet to cover in the month long lull period for yours truly. The Locktoberfest as it officially called will be an interesting choice in the southwest Chicago suburb of Lockport. If the thunderstorms can stay way and the Mercury does not reach the predicted 81F by game time, then those in attendance at Dellwood Park may be witnessing one of the best meets of the season- and certainly the premier all-boys invitational of the season.
The summer is really like spring for cross country enthusiasts who had to wait all winter and spring for their time of the year to talk up their sport. All over the Midwest coaches, athletes, parents, and fans get excited about the prospects of the coming fall and what to expect. In Illinois, cross country is huge and the expectations of storied programs never change. Elmhurst York is the flagship program and everyone knows to follow in step. However, there are several teams in line to bolster themselves to the forefront. One team in particular is O’Fallon. The Panthers have been the penultimate type team for several years now. The St. Louis area team has been patient for quite for some time. That time may be finally arriving. As well, there will be 25 teams at the end of the day on the course at the fabled Detweiller Park with the same vision as O’Fallon and York.
Our preview continues with the likes of Hoffman Estates, Maine South, and Downers Grove North.
The talk of the 2013 spring has been the un-spring like conditions. But somehow we all have been asking these same questions generation after generation: ‘when is it going to warm up’ or ‘do you think it will stop raining so we can get in a good meet?’
Hey everyone, I’m Zack Smith from Downers Grove North High School, and I’m here to update you on all things track and field from Downers Grove this season. We’ve already kicked off the season very well these first few weeks with lots of great performances. It had been a long time coming, after training hard since early December, when the Hinsdale Little Four Invite rolled around in early February. Although it was small, it was still a competitive meet and a great tune up for the season.
The Downers Grove North girls' cross country program finished 8th in 2009, 10th in 2010, and 21st in 2011 at the 3A IllinoisState Cross Country Championships. It isn't really the direction you want to be headed, but Coach Tim McDonald believes this year is different. He says the team is looking good and the chemistry with the girl is a complete 180 from a year ago. Also, good for the Trojans is that they return six of their top seven runners from last year's team that competed at the state meet.