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  • A year after near-fatal collapse, Geneva half marathoner finishes strong Nov 9, 2014 2:12 PM
    A Naperville Half Marathon runner who went into cardiac arrest on the course last year crossed the finish line in Sunday’s second-annual race with no sign of heart trouble and a wide smile on his face “It feels great,” said Steve Sloma, 39, of Geneva.

     
  • Huntley’s Smith takes 9th in Class 3A Nov 8, 2014 10:15 PM
    Huntley senior Keegan Smith has been the anchor for Red Raiders all season, and he continued to pace his team in the Class 3A state cross country race at Detweiller Park Saturday. Smith jumped out with the leaders for the first two miles before settling in for a ninth place finish in 14:36.

     
  • Boys cross country: Williamson steps up for Vernon Hills in 2A Nov 8, 2014 9:59 PM
    There were a lot of positives for Lake County’s boys cross country teams Saturday afternoon as runners attacked the 3-mile Detweiller Park course at the 69th annual boys cross country state meet. Vernon Hills sophomore Shane Williamson proved that he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come as Williamson placed third in Class 2A in 14:37 to smash his previous best time by a whopping 17 seconds.

     
  • Schardt is sharp with seventh-place finish Nov 8, 2014 9:49 PM
    With a lot of confidence and plenty of determination, Lakes junior Kortney Schardt was ready to make headlines Saturday morning at the 36th annual girls cross country state meet. Schardt proved once again that she was ready for prime time as she ran a personal best time of 17:33, breaking her own school record by seven seconds on her way to a fantastic seventh place in the Class 2A state finals on the 3-mile Detweiller Park course. Yorkville continued its dominance with a fourth consecutive team title as the Foxes (79 points) easily outdistanced runner-up squad Lake Forest (165) for top honors.

     
  • Aurora Christian’s Chada runs like a vet Nov 8, 2014 9:38 PM
    PEORIA – All eyes in Saturday’s boys Class 1A cross country championship race were on Fithian Oakwood’s Jon Davis, and for good reason. He lapped at least a few competitors in the field in his repeat run to a state title at Detweiller Park. But behind him and runner-up Eric Ponder of Tuscola, who was 42 seconds in arrears, was the fresh face in the competition, Aurora Christian’s Tanner Chada. He raced to a third-place finish in 15:01.92 seconds, and then said he left something on the course on a windblown, cold day.

     
  • Geneva’s Altmayer takes 11th at state Nov 8, 2014 9:35 PM
    PEORIA — Maybe it’s the running, and the way the body responds. Cross country runners often appear to have taken their last breath in the moments after crossing the finish line, but a half-hour later, they’re ready to do it again. Geneva’s McKenzie Altmayer is an example of that ability to rebound. She finished 11th — eighth in team scoring to help Geneva to a 12th-place finish in Saturday’s Class 3A championship race — was typically exhausted, and then all smiles not long after.

     
  • Images: IHSA boys cross country state finals Nov 8, 2014 9:35 PM
    The IHSA boys cross country state final meet was held Saturday, Nov. 8 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

     
  • Images: IHSA girls cross country state finals Nov 8, 2014 9:28 PM
    The IHSA girls cross country state final meet was held Saturday, Nov. 8 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

     
  • Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen picks Michigan, finishes 2nd at state Nov 8, 2014 8:15 PM
    Jacobs senior Lauren Van Vlierbergen announced on Thursday that she will be signing a letter of intent with University of Michigan. On Saturday at the Class 3A state girls cross country meet Van Vlierbergen sealed her spot as one of the state’s top runners by delivering a second-place finish in a swift 16:48 at Detweiller Park.

     
  • Boys cross country: Saturday’s results Nov 9, 2014 12:53 AM
    Here are high school boys cross country results from Saturday, Nov. 8.

     
  • Girls cross country: Saturday’s results Nov 9, 2014 12:53 AM
    Here are high school girls cross country results from Saturday, Nov. 8.

     
  • DuPage County teams thrive downstate Nov 8, 2014 11:02 PM
    DuPage County boys cross country teams showed again Saturday they can run with the best in the state.

     
  • Pack mentality works for Naperville North Nov 8, 2014 10:31 PM
    Naperville North finished second in the Class 3A cross country championship race in 2013. That came complete with a shiny trophy, but something was missing.

     
  • Girls cross country: Trophy time for Palatine Nov 8, 2014 9:36 PM
    Palatine was on the outside looking in at last year’s Class 3A girls cross country state meet. The Pirates finished a distant fourth, one spot away from a state trophy. But this year Palatine rose to the occasion, placing five girls in the top 37 to secure second place with 91 points at Detweiller Park in Peoria. “Such a difference from a year ago,” said Palatine coach Joe Parks of the Pirates’ drive to a 14th state trophy. “I knew it could go either way, but the girls pulled it off and almost won the title.”

     
  • Conant’s Dale 2nd in a classic state race Nov 8, 2014 7:51 PM
    From the start of the boys cross country season all signs pointed toward an epic battle for the Class 3A state title between McHenry senior Jesse Reiser and Conant senior Zach Dale. And the race proved to be instant classic. On a clear and crisp fall afternoon Reiser and Dale separated from a cluster of five and locked horns in the final 800 meters, with Reiser using one final surge with 400 meters remaining to secure the state championship in 14 minutes, 10 seconds at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

     
  • Confident Harper in the running for double national titles Nov 7, 2014 4:38 PM
    On Saturday afternoon, the Harper men’s and women’s cross country teams will take to the start line for the last time this season in the NJCAA Divsion III national championships, hosted by Finger Lakes Community College at Bruce Bridgman Cross Country Course in Canadaigua, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s teams come into the race atop the NJCAA Division III polls. Coach Jim Macnider, now in his fourth year at Harper, believes his teams are where they belong. “I think we deserve to be ranked No. 1,” he said. “This is the most talented team I’ve had.”

     
  • Girls cross country / State meet scouting, Northwest Nov 6, 2014 4:27 PM
    Junior Kelly O'Brien and Palatine lead the way for Mid-Suburban League competitors in this weekend's girls cross country state meet in Peoria.

     
  • Kurtz’s legacy as Fenton cross country coach is still running Nov 6, 2014 3:05 PM
    Fenton’s boys cross country team pulled in at the end of Tuesday’s Illinois Prairie Path training run ready for a treat — a trip to a bagel shop for well-deserved refueling. A thousand miles away, two Fenton graduates, brothers, lead a pair of college cross country programs. The link is Bison coach John Kurtz, whose reach spans far and near.

     
  • Glenbard West, Naperville North again hunting a state title Nov 6, 2014 9:53 PM
    Glenbard West and Naperville North are once again in the hunt for state supremacy after their respective championship performances in the two state preliminaries.

     
  • Boys cross country / State meet scouting, Northwest Nov 6, 2014 8:42 PM
    Conant's Zach Dale goes after a Class 3A boys cross country state title, while Hersey takes aim at a top-10 team finish in this weekend's state meet action at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

     
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