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  • Boys cross country / State meet scouting, Northwest Nov 7, 2013 9:37 PM
    Here's a look at the boys cross country state meet from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator.

  • Girls cross country / State meet scouting, Northwest Nov 7, 2013 9:38 PM
    Here's a look at the girls cross country state meet from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League and St. Viator.

  • Scouting Tri-Cities state cross country Nov 6, 2013 9:57 PM
    When next fall rolls around and for the first time in 34 years Mike DiDomenico isn’t coaching the Batavia boys cross country team, he already knows he’ll be enjoying the next chapter of his life. DiDomenico will become a grandfather in January, the latest transition that began when he retired from teaching this year. His Bulldog cross country team gave him quite the retirement gift Saturday at the Class 3A Waubonsie Valley sectional when they qualified for state for the first time in school history.

  • Hersey hungers for big finish Nov 6, 2013 8:25 PM
    The Hersey boys cross country team started last season with high expectations .But then ended it with a thud.This year the Huskies are primed to finish the deal.Hersey enters Saturday’s Class 3A state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria in the mix for its first state trophy since the Huskies finished second in 1972. The Huskies entered last season with high rankings, but ran a timid state race finishing a disappointing 19th in Class 3A.

  • Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen has lofty goals for state Nov 6, 2013 5:15 PM
    Jacobs junior girls cross country standout Lauren Van Vlierbergen took up running during her middle-school years at Westfield in Carpentersville. Even back then, Van Vlierbergen had a plan. Her goal was to attempt to break 60 seconds in the 400 dash. What middle-school-aged kid thinks like that? “She’s unbelievable,” said Jacobs coach Kevin Christian. “I saw her run once in junior high and knew right then that I had to have her on our team. She goes after it more than any other kid I have ever seen. She’s one of the smartest runners I have ever coached. She keeps meticulous logs and evaluates everything she does. She compares times in workouts and races to what she did last year. She’s smart with everything she does.”

  • Harper cross country teams prep for big run Nov 6, 2013 10:40 PM
    It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Harper College men’s and women’s cross country teams as they depart for Saturday’s NJCAA Division III cross country national championships hosted by Holyoke Community College, in Northfield, Mass. The men’s team, the two-time defending national champ, has been ranked No. 1 all season and it’s been mostly smooth sailing for Harper. The women’s team is currently ranked No. 5, but their journey has been much more trying. Early in the season, injuries were an issue, but in the latter stages the Hawks were able to field a full team and performed well in end-of-season meets.

  • Glenbard West, Naperville North finally set for showdown Nov 4, 2013 10:02 PM
    The vagaries of the girls cross country schedule have been such that defending Class 3A champion Naperville North and Glenbard West, third last year, have yet to face off in a traditional scoring invitational. The schools’ lone joint appearance was at the Wheaton North flighted meet, which New Trier captured. But the schools, both of whom entered the season nationally ranked, are on a collision course this Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

  • Naperville North dominates Waubonsie Valley sectional Nov 2, 2013 7:08 PM
    Geneva coach Bob Thomson had a good idea of just what teams were up against with No. 1 Naperville North part of the field Saturday at the Class 3A Waubonsie Valley girls cross country sectional.

  • WW South wins Waubonsie Valley sectional Nov 2, 2013 7:05 PM
    Batavia gave its coach Mike DiDomenico quite the retirement gift Saturday at the Class 3A Waubonsie Valley sectional. The Bulldogs' top five runners turned in a 16-second split. That teamwork was just what Batavia needed to score 174 points and snare the fifth and final spot and qualify for state for the first time in school history.

  • Palatine puts it all together at sectional Nov 2, 2013 3:46 PM
    Palatine’s girls cross country team made quite a statement at the Schaumburg Class 3A sectional on Saturday at Busse Woods. On a crisp and overcast morning, the Pirates placed five runners in the top 22 in storming to the sectional title with 57 points. “We started off well and put ourselves in good position,” said Palatine coach Joe Parks, whose team had won Mid-Suburban League and Palatine regional titles the past two weekends. “We can still run better, but we have some good momentum going into the state meet next weekend.”

  • Lake Zurich finds its way downstate Nov 2, 2013 4:10 PM
    The Lake Zurich girls cross country team knew it was going to be in the mix to earn one of the five berths downstate out of the powerful IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg sectional Saturday morning. And when all was said and done the Bears did just that as they captured the fifth and final trip to Peoria’s Detweiller Park next weekend with 145 points. The 3-mile race at Busse Woods was dominated by Mid-Suburban League teams with Palatine easily rolling to the championship of the 18-team meet by a comfortable 57-100 margin over runner-up Hoffman Estates.

  • Hersey breaks new ground with sectional triumph Nov 2, 2013 4:17 PM
    Hersey is showing no signs of slowing down. Having won the Mid-Suburban League title and the Hoffman Estates regional title the past two weekends, the Huskies kept rolling right along at the Class 3A Schaumburg sectional on Saturday. On a cool and overcast morning, Hersey placed five runners in the top 29 in winning the sectional title with 93 points at Busse Woods. “I feel really good,” said Hersey coach Jay Renaud, whose team won its first sectional title. “We want to keep the momentum going, keep that winning attitude and it should serve us well at the state meet.”

  • Lake Zurich earns a spot downstate Nov 2, 2013 3:52 PM
    There wasn’t much wiggle room for area boys cross country teams and individuals hoping to earn a berth to the state meet Saturday morning at the Class 3A Schaumburg sectional. Mid-Suburban League teams dominated the 19-team meet on the 3-mile Busse Woods course, with Hersey holding off rival squad Buffalo Grove 93-112 for the championship under the roughly 45-degree running conditions. Palatine took third place by a narrow 154-157 margin over perennial power Lake Zurich as the Bears will be making their sixth straight trip to Detweiller Park next Saturday under coach J.B. Hanson. Lake Zurich’s push for fourth place was led by elite freshman Matt Pereira, who placed sixth in 15:30. The Bears’ top-five pack also featured Will Llanos (24th), Dave Brown (26th), Austin Kuehr (40th), and Matt Reninger (64th).

  • Saturday’s girls cross country scoreboard Nov 3, 2013 12:32 AM
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

  • Saturday’s boys cross country scoreboard Nov 3, 2013 12:32 AM
    High school varsity results from Saturday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

  • Vernon Hills nets spot in state meet field Nov 2, 2013 10:44 PM
    Girls cross country Belvidere sectional: Vernon Hills earned a state berth in the Class 2A meet, as the Cougars (126) placed third behind champ Crystal Lake Central (103) and Marengo (121). Lake Forest (141) and Kaneland (176) also made it out. Vernon Hills was paced by sophomore Vivian Overbeck (fourth, 18:08) and senior Cassie Lira (sixth, 18:19). Junior Samantha Hershman was 29th (19:14), sophomore Lexi Reich took 39th (19:28) and junior Melanie Rogers came in 48th (19:41). Woodstock senior Maura Beattie (17:44) was a three-second winner over DeKalb senior Kelsey Schrader.

  • St. Viator’s Carroll advances to 2A state meet Nov 2, 2013 10:01 PM
    St. Viator senior Meghan Carroll had the third-best performance in Saturday’s Class 2A girls cross country sectional meet hosted by Wheaton Academy, meaning she’ll have spot in next weekend’s state championship race at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Carroll finished in 18:06, making her the top individual qualifier from the meet. Riverside-Brookfield’s Mailin Struck won in 17:27, and Yorkville earned the top team advancement berth with 50 points.

  • Viator’s Brey earns downstate berth in 2A Nov 2, 2013 9:56 PM
    St. Viator’s Nick Brey had the fourth-fastest finish in Saturday’s Class 2A boys cross country sectional hosted by Wheaton Academy. That made him the top individual qualifier at the site, so he’ll run in the Class 2A state championship race in Detweiller Park next Saturday. Brey finished in 15:33; the top finisher was defending 2A state champ John Wold of Glenbard South.

  • Vernon Hills win Belvidere sectional Nov 2, 2013 9:51 PM
    Boys cross country Belvidere sectional: Led by senior Kyle Whitney, who finished third in 15 minutes, 26 seconds, Vernon Hills won the Class 2A sectional. Freshman Shane Williamson (15:36) and junior Tyler Smith (15:39) placed sixth and ninth, respectively, for the Cougars, whose 45 points were easily better than runner-up Dixon (99). Junior Rob Williams (15:41) was 10th, while senior Ben Mohrdieck (15:56) came in 17th for Vernon Hills. Grayslake Central also advanced to next Saturday’s state meet, as the Rams tied Prairie Ridge for fifth (181 each). Grayslake Central’s top five consisted of junior Max Brunk (18th, 15:56), sophomore Jack Battaglia (20th, 15:56), senior Kevin Orozco (26th, 16:06), sophomore Danny Vincent (55th, 16:38) and junior Suneed Ahmed (62nd, 16:48). Crystal Lake Central’s Ryan Pitner won the race in 15:09.

  • Harvest Christian boys advance downstate Nov 2, 2013 7:03 PM
    The Harvest Christian boys cross country team ran just well enough Saturday to extend its season one more week. And now the Lions get to run in the state finals next Saturday at Detweiler Park in Peoria.

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