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The result is a sense of excitement and urgency to see what this group can do Year honors by earning All-America honors in the 5,m race. .. cross-country in and Member of cross-country state runners-up and .. IHSA Track and Field team and sixth-place cross-country team. The IHSA Boys & Girls Cross Country State Finals return to Peoria on Saturday, November 7. All six races will unfold over the three-mile. Class 3A Boys State Championship Preview: Must Watch Cross Country On All Proviso West Boys 50th Annual Invitational Showbill Highlights Upcoming.
He likes video games and cartoons, most especially in the company of others. But like all of us, Jack also has episodes of fear, doubt, and anxiety. He worries what others will think of him. He fears that his successes are fraudulent, his relationships are conditional. He feels, at times, like an imposter. We know this because Jack has told us. He has shared with his teammates and coaches what he sometimes goes through.
And he is honest about how difficult that can make his life. Jack improved throughout the season, correcting earlier race strategies and learning to trust his own legs.
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He let go of consumptive expectations and celebrated the race above the results. He joined six other seniors to race at Sectionals, bettering his mark from two weeks earlier.
He was never free the quiet voice of worry, tugging at him like webs. But Jack ran past it all. He found another voice. He spoke with it the night before State, tremulous at first, but increasingly with confidence and coherence. He sounded like a survivor, a winner, a champion.
Integrity As a freshman, Spencer was adrift. Frustrated by injury, left out of lead training groups, and suffering from personal losses, he found himself at one of those fractal moments where any number of paths were possible. Yet something kept him lacing up, joining his teammates, plying his efforts.
A promising track season became a strong sophomore summer, which led to a breakthrough fall campaign. And Spencer never looked back.
What made the difference was his fidelity to training. Spencer made the decision not to let anything else in his life define him save for the loyalty he showed his friends and the team.
And while his race at Sectionals was off from two weeks earlier, there was never any question that Spencer would be one of our seven at Detweiller. Pinned back from the lead chase packs, he steadily moved up throughout the 5k, seemingly floating above the muddy fray and rollercoaster drops of the Forest Park Invitational.
Nick was our third man that day, finishing 15th and just two seconds back of Keeley. It was a conundrum—how could both races belong to the same athlete, exerting the same effort?
A number of race strategies were proposed before only the original truth remained: Released to run according to his own rhythms and judgments, Nick found a new confidence, running some of his best races at Conference and Regionals. In the end, Nick saved his fastest race for the State Meet, besting his previous mark by 20 seconds.
Once again, he was the lone gold-and-black jersey amidst a hostile throng; once again, he seemed to dart between the bodies, somehow drifting to the front in the final straightaway. Sisu Versatile though English may be, some concepts can only find expression in other languages. From the time that he joined our program, Matt has been driven almost pathologically to perfect himself as a runner.
He exhaustively records his workouts and catalogues his races; he is fanatical about his diet, hydration, and sleep habits.
Yet the season helped Matt find a measure of peace. He maintained his confidence while battling a stubborn glut injury and kept his composure when early races revealed rust. He grew closer to his teammates and increasingly trusted their pacing. He adopted greater patience and emotional remove. He let loose with a bit more dry wit. After the State race, he was briefly despondent, worried that his finish had cost the team the deciding points.
It was, like much of his worry, unneeded guilt, born of the place where strong emotions live. When the team needed him, Matt was right on time, ready to do what needed to be done. There are friendships of utility, which exist between yourself and someone useful to you the coworker who fixes the printer when it jams. There are also friendships of pleasure, the people whose company you enjoy in laughter or activity. But highest of all is the friendship of goodness, which are based on mutual respect and admiration.
These friendships take longer to build than the other two kinds--but they're also more powerful and enduring. They often arises when two people recognize that they have similar values and goals; that they have similar visions for how the world or at least their lives should be. He speaks openly and often of his affection for his teammates, praising them with specificity and sincerity. But however cornpone one may find these expressions, they became the lingua franca of the team.
It was an affection that developed over countless miles by slow degrees, and it was Michael who best gave language to what they all realized: Minutes before the results came in, the team huddled together, a clumsy embrace where they spoke quietly about the race and the oath their effort had fulfilled.
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It was Michael who taught them to speak this way, to celebrate the bond that was deeper than bone, more elemental than blood. Audacity Twelve months ago, Nicolas Dovalovsky was a freshman soccer player. He had flirted with the idea of Cross Country, but had too long invested in other team sports to seriously pursue his true gift.
But the members of this team stayed after him. The sophomores in particular reminded him daily how much his temperament, talent, and tenacity would be better served running around the soccer fields than on them. Andrew Adelmann, track and cross country coach at Jones College Prep, recently wrote a blog post about the multiplier on the Dyestatil.
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The gist of his argument was that it is unfair to apply the same 1. City magnet schools, after all, are not un-boundaried schools, he noted; they enroll students from the city of Chicago, and they do so under a set of admissions rules that are very strict. Jones is in a particularly problematic position with regard to the multiplier. They are a successful program—especially in cross country, where they were the 2A boys state champions in They were successful as a track program for a few years competing as a 2A school in sectional meets; they had two top-three team scores in the last three years, which means they are multiplied for three more years.
The Jones enrollment is aboutwhich multiplies to For cross country, they are a 2A school, with the cut-off above But for track, the 2A cut-off is just above ; Jones was 3A for track this year, and they will be 3A for next year, as well. I consider Adelmann a coaching friend.
In his blog he has essentially accepted the basic argument in favor of the multiplier from the public schools around the state, which is that Catholic schools, in particular, have advantages in terms of recruiting athletes. Adelmann posted his blog on a track and field web site—and, in addition to being professional friends, we are also the Catholic school that is his closest rival. He seemed to be talking about us. The common argument that Adelmann seems to accept so quickly—Catholic schools have recruiting advantages—actually seems to ignore some pretty basic real world issues for families and adolescents that come up when students consider whether to attend our school.
We have demanding admissions standards; only about half the 1, students who apply get an acceptance. We have strict rules about financial aid procedures, which are need-based; parents have to submit documented financial information in order to apply for aid. Contrary to popular belief, apparently, there are no athletic scholarships.
This includes, among other things, going to church as a school several times a year, saying a school prayer daily, and taking four years of religion classes. The students who attend Saint Ignatius choose to accept these things; many other adolescent students would not—and do not. Finally, there are issues with attending school at a distance from your home—including commuting and managing city and suburban transportation to Saint Ignatius by bus, train, and car.
Many of our students commute for an hour or more—each way. It is also not a small thing to leave friends behind at home, especially when those friends will go on to the hometown local high school together—and you will be going to another one in the city, perhaps on your own. Approximately a fifth of the students who get accepted to attend Saint Ignatius choose instead to attend another high school—usually a local public high school, or, in the city, one of the magnet schools like Jones College Prep.
I did not seek out these boys to invite or encourage them to attend Saint Ignatius because of athletic ability. They are boys who apparently had an interest in our school—and who then identified themselves to me because of their interest in running.
Because they wanted to attend our school and they had questions about our track and cross country programs, they wanted me to know about their special talents as runners. One boy I met once for a short conversation after he ran the elementary school race we host in conjunction with our Connelly-Polka Cross Country Invite; it is an event that we actually co-host with Fenwick.
I think we also briefly met in the hallway passing period on his shadow day at Saint Ignatius; he was not even escorted that day by a runner from our team. The boy, his father, and I shared a few emails, providing information about our program. It is not going to be an easy jog in the park to get that title and this team has demonstrated that with the work that they have put in this summer. A higher finish in Portland is also possible.
Preview — Yorkville to the next step up on the big stage last fall with hoping to take many more steps upward in They finished 18th in Nationals. This group is dedicated and driven to be the best versions of themselves they can possibly be on the race course and as teammates. They weren't satisfied with the way they finished their season at NXN last year and made the necessary changes to take control of the controllable.
They got out too slow and were not able to get into the race thus finishing in 18th. It has been a chip on their shoulder all summer according to their top runner Emily Ehrhardt in what she said after Detweiller at Dark at the end of July. Yorkville showed what shape they were in at that race with Ehrhardt running Fox will be one of the wildcards for this team this fall. She ran for 1A Peotone last fall running She moved to Yorkville in the winter and ran Borowiak did not run in the national meets due to an injury she suffered the Monday after the state meet.
Nicole Greyer will also contribute to the top seven. She could be a factor by the time Yorkville gets to the state series. Sophomores Sara Klemm and Hailey Simmons were part of the state and national teams last fall and will make this team that much deeper in Yorkville will have the power up front like they did last year when they had three all-state runners.
We could see the same type of team for the Lady Foxes with the possibility of four runners in the top 25 when we get to Detweiller.**SUB 14** 1A Boys - 2015 IHSA Cross-Country Championships
The key of the development of a fifth runner for this squad. There split on the top five last year was 51 seconds. Through four runners in the state meet, that split was 46 seconds. It will be a tighter first four split for this team as evidenced by the July race. In my view, Illinois girls 3A, is one of the deepest states team wise in the country and should be an exciting competitive year from beginning to end.
The Lady Mustangs are loaded with talent like last year when they finished fifth in the state meet just 10 points behind third-place Lyons Township and a single point behind fourth-place Wheaton-Warrenville South. The top six runners are back from the state team and go as deep as 11 runners that could step into one of those seven spots. This talent is close on the course but seems to be closer off it. Those things can go a long way by the end of a season.
They've worked very hard to teach the traditions and work ethic to our younger runners this summer. By the time we finished camp which included the Det at Dark race for the first timeit was obvious that they are running for each other as well as themselves. She earned All-State honors in the fall by placing 19th at Detweiller. She came back on the track to finish seventh in the Meter Run with a She is one of the runners to watch in finishing in the top ten in November.
Then it comes down to the pack that other teams seem to fear.
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In the final three races of the season, they were on different positions on the team other than Cohoon and her top spot. The combination of Melissa Weidner, Kennedy Warden, Erin Reidy, and Becky Versaskas were separated by only five seconds with Rebecca Diddia, their sixth runner, less than 15 seconds back. You can add in Olivia Duax that will make an impact. They all had breakout performances this past track season, but maybe none more so than Erin Reidy. She is determined to put her 2: The strength of our team over the last 2 seasons has been our tight pack and that group is committed to keeping the pack together, but our improvement will come from closing the gap from that pack to the 1 runner.
The gap from Cohoon to the rest of the pack was 31 seconds in their sectional race. It grew to 43 seconds at state. We know that their pack will be tight throughout this season. Staying as close as 20 seconds to their front runner makes this team a contender for a state championship. Naperville North and Yorkville are clearly the early season front runners, but I think that our team, along with WWS, Lyons Township, Barrington, and maybe a few others can give them a challenge before the season is over.
Preview — The Lady Tigers stayed in the shadows most of last season before peaking at the right time during the state series. South looked strong with convincing wins in their regional and sectional meets before finishing fourth in the state meet. There are a few girls who could have an impact. All our top girls had great summer of training. As a group and individually, the best they and our program has ever had. It starts with their top runner Samantha Poglitsch.
As a freshman last fall, she was splitting time between running and club soccer. That resulted in an 11th place finish at state and the fastest freshman in the meet. Poglitsch putt all her attention towards running in the spring and that paid off with a 5: At the end of her freshman season, she was not running like a freshman.
She's ready to make the needed steps in her development to a great runner. Moneysmith had a great track season qualifying for the state meet running a personal best That momentum continued for her over the summer to the point where she could be running with Poglitsch in the fall. Laurel is taking the very positive momentum from her excellent spring and is ready for a great cross-country season.
You could also expect Sarah Kulkarni to contribute to her top five in her senior season. Poglitsch will be one of the top five runners in the state.
Moneysmith among the all-state runners in November is obviously a plus. Keeping a five-runner split under 50 seconds off Poglitsch will be a bigger plus. They will need a tight pack to compete with the other teams in the state. From what this team has done this summer, they are in the right direction to do something special. They showed their character the following week by finishing third in the Nike Cross Midwest Regional.
They were a team on the rise that deserved the chance to run in Portland. They did not get that chance. Jocelyn Long graduating was a loss for this team. They will not be a surprise this season with their remaining six runners back.
We may start out a little slow as we nurse some nagging aches and pains in a couple of athletes. This should not affect us up front but will keep our runners from being where they should be at this point. She was a surprise for Barrington early last season but developed to a go to second runner for the team earning all-state honors 21st place. Fitzpatrick could be one of the top ten runners in the state taking over the top spot from Long. They could also place in the top 50 when we get to November.
The three to five runner split at state last year was 31 seconds. Alyssa Norris along with sisters Eve and Sophie Hoeltgen will solidify the end of the top five. Fitzpatrick will get the team low numbers up front, but their pack needs to stay at or under 30 seconds especially by the time the state series begins. Not making it to NXN last year has really motivated the girls. They know that every meet counts.