The opening statements from a very deep 3A field
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Rankings narrows down to #11
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.
"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.
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
Let’s ditch the pronouncements such as “Sectional of death” or this is “the most anticipated meet in the state” and simply call the Niles West Sectional a cross country meet to watch.
Who really knew that just a week ago when it was 80 degrees in most parts of the Chicago land area, that it would be the last time that summer touched us?
The harse conditions did not deter the heart and effort displayed by the hundreds of young men and women competiting in the 44th Annual Pat Savage Niles West Invitational. It was 39F when the first race commenced at 9am. It perhaps picked up a degree or two but it was still COLD!
On a perfect day for high school cross country, Deer Grove East Forest Preserve was the backdrop for the 31st Annual Palatine Meet of Champions. The climes reached past 70 degrees and partly sunny by the time the boys’ varsity race took flight at 10:50am.
Palatine Invitational highlights
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)...
Cross Country action covering 9/14-9/20, 2014
his is the reason that the commonly phased Peoria Notre Dame Invitational or PND will be officially referred as the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational on paper: “Richard Spring, a 1981 graduate of Bergan High School in Peoria, ran cross-country, the mile, and the two-mile. Participating on two state championship teams, Richard personally finished third in the single-class IHSA state tournament in his senior year. Richard died running at Augustana College in 1982.”
"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!
This season teams will experience a log jam along the food chain... their will be some traditional mainstays such as Prospect, Lyons Twp., and Sandburg looking to get back to their rightful place in Peoria in November. They are going to have their hands full with emerging teams from the conference level all the way through the sectional round. Only those poised enough to handle the treacherous path will earn a spot on the famed Detweiller Park starting line.
More than a week ago head meet managers Paul Swanson and David Shafron were furiously trying to put the finishing touches on the newly named Dan Horyn Invitational (formely Niles North Viking Relays). Specifically, Swanson was hoping for a respectable field and good weather. He got exactly what he wanted.
Our countdown of the top 25 3A boys teams continues with #20-#16.