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  1. IHSA XC State Championships Videos and Photos
    05 Nov, 2017
    IHSA XC State Championships Videos and Photos
    Check out video highlights from every race from the IHSA State Cross Country Championships on November 4 Girls Races - 1A | 2A | 3A Boys Races - 1A | 2A | 3A Interviews State Meet Photos
  2. SENIORS - Sign up for Team Illinois in Mid-East XC Championships
    05 Nov, 2017
    SENIORS - Sign up for Team Illinois in Mid-East XC Championships
    The Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association will pay for travel, food, and accommodations for the athletes. This means that as a member of Team Illinois, all of your expenses are paid. You will travel with the team on a coach bus and enjoy some team building and bonding experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Many athletes who represent Team Illinois go on to run in college and become teammates at their school of choice, or compete against one another in various meets. The
  3. Kilrea vs Jacobs in 2017 set to rival 1977 Graves/Spivey state race
    02 Nov, 2017
    Kilrea vs Jacobs in 2017 set to rival 1977 Graves/Spivey state race
    On a cloudy and cool autumn day on November 12, 1977, two of the Illinois all-time greats Tom Graves of Sandburg HS and Jim Spivey of Fenton HS went to the line not only to win a state championship but also to try to break Craig Virgin’s then five-year old course record of 13:50.6. Now in 2017, history could repeat itself as another Sandburg runner Dylan Jacobs and Danny Kilrea of Lyons Township attempt to go lower than the fabled mark. The similarities of the two seasons are hauntingly close.
  4. 2017 IHSA State Cross Country Championships Previews
    02 Nov, 2017
    2017 IHSA State Cross Country Championships Previews
    Sandburg's Dylan Jacobs and Lyons Township's Danny Kilrea have a good shot of breaking the 45 year old state record of 13:50.6 that Craig Virgin ran in 1972. Get ready for the IlHSA State Cross Country Championships on November 4 with previews of each of the state meet races. The first race is the 1A Girls at 9:00 AM Boys: 1A | 2A | 3A Girls : 1A | 2A | 3A Check out meet projections of each of the 6 races courtesy of Illinois Speed Rankings.com!
  5. IHSA Sectional Meet Highlights
    29 Oct, 2017
    IHSA Sectional Meet Highlights
    Dylan Jacobs (pictured) took the lead early in setting a new course at Hinsdale Central ahead of Danny Kilrea (Laura Duffy photo credit) 150 schools punched their ticket for the IHSA State Cross Country Meet at Peoria's Detweiller Park. Read recaps about every IHSA Sectional meet along with videos from the Hinsdale Central Sectional and Lake Park Sectional. 1A Sectionals Recap | 2A Sectionals Recap | 3A Sectionals Recap Hinsdale Central Video Race Highlights | Lake Park Video Race Highlights
  6. IHSA Cross Country Sectional Previews
    27 Oct, 2017
    IHSA Cross Country Sectional Previews
    The road to the State Meet ends on Saturday as 15 sectional meets across the state will determine which schools will compete in next week's IHSA State Cross Country Meet. 25 teams (or more) in each classification will qualify for the state meet.   The top five finishing teams from each sectional will punch their ticket to the state meet. If there is a tie for fifth place, both tied teams will make the trip. The top seven individuals not on a state qualifying team will also qualify to run on
  7. ILXCTF FINAL State Team Rankings
    24 Oct, 2017
    ILXCTF FINAL State Team Rankings
    Here are the FINAL ILXCTF State Team Rankings for the 2017 Season. You can find all State and Sectional Rankings along with the ITCCCA Coaches Polls on the ILXCTF Rankings Page. Links are below. Good luck to all athletes, coaches, and schools in the upcoming sectional and state meets. ILXCTF.com Rankings Page FINAL ILXCTF.com Rankings Boys - 1A | 2A | 3A Girls - 1A | 2A | 3A
  8. IHSA Regional Meet Recaps
    22 Oct, 2017
    IHSA Regional Meet Recaps
    Saturday was a busy day for Illinois High School Cross Country as 45 Regional Meets took place Katelynne Hart (pictured) tuned up for sectionals by running 16:21 at the Wheaton North Regional. You can see more of that meet here. 1A Regional Recaps 2A Regional Recaps 3A Regional Recaps
  9. XC Zone National & Regional Top Lists
    20 Oct, 2017
    XC Zone National & Regional Top Lists
    Each week, we will be published an updated list of who we see are in the top 25 for both the Boys and the Girls. Regional lists have been increased to 10 schools and will be published every week up to the Nike Cross Nationals in December. Top 25 National Lists Recaps Boys Top 25 Lists | Boys Top 10 Regional Lists Girls Top 25 Lists | Girls Top 10 Regional Lists
  10. Monday Conference Meet Highlights
    17 Oct, 2017
    Monday Conference Meet Highlights
    Glenbard West (pictured) won their 7th straight WSC-Silver Girls title. Downers Grove South won the WSC-Gold Girls title for the 18th straight year. Neuqua Valley edged Wheaton-Warrenville South by three points to win the DuPage Valley Championships. Those were some of the things that happened on a manic Monday after 16 conference meets were moved to October 16 due to the storms that hit the Chicago area. Some of the highlights from Monday >>> Conference Meet two-day delay worth the wait in
  11. Illinois HS Weekend Highlights
    15 Oct, 2017
    Illinois HS Weekend Highlights
    Storms played havoc in the Chicago area on Saturday as 14 conference meets were postponed until Monday. Katherine Legge Park (pictured, 7AM Saturday) was the worst hit of the courses as the stream in the park flooded forcing meet, park, and village officials to schedule only the Varsity races at the WSC-Silver Championships Monday afternoon. There were some meets that were completed before the storms hit. Here are highlights of some of those meets. Keep checking back to ILXCTF.com in what
  12. XC Zone National & Regional Top Lists
    12 Oct, 2017
    XC Zone National & Regional Top Lists
    Each week, we will be published an updated list of who we see are in the top 25 for both the Boys and the Girls. Regional lists have been increased to 10 schools and will be published every week up to the Nike Cross Nationals in December. BOYS - 10/11/17 Recap | Top 25 National Lists | Top 10 Regional Lists GIRLS - 10/11/17 Recap | Top 25 National Lists | Top 10 Regional Lists Illinois ILXCTF State Rankings Page
  13. Virgin Territory Book Excerpt
    11 Oct, 2017
    Virgin Territory Book Excerpt
    Is time running out for Craig Virgin's 1972 Detweiller Park course record of 13:50.6? A new book by Bloomington-based sports journalist Randy Sharer recounts the setting of that record and many other highlights from Craig Virgin's career. This 322-page book, "Virgin Territory: The Story of Craig Virgin, America's Renaissance Runner,"  can be ordered at www.craigvirginbook.com. Below is an excerpt from the book. Chapter 5: A Senior Year to Remember “The challenge was to set a record almost
  14. Peoria Invitational - Jacobs under 14 minutes at Detweiller Park
    01 Oct, 2017
    Peoria Invitational - Jacobs under 14 minutes at Detweiller Park
    The race on Saturday at Detweiller Park was set up as soon as Sandburg’s Dylan Jacobs crossed the line two weeks ago on this course in the Richard Spring Invitational when Jacobs crossed the line in 14:23. You could see it in his eyes afterwards. He wanted a faster race. He got it at the Peoria Invitational. Jacobs ran 13:57.5 to record the fastest non-state meet time on this course that has been run for 46 years. His time overall was the fifth fastest of all-time. Read and watch race
  15. Al Carius speaks at the ITCCCA North Coaches Meeting
    28 Sep, 2017
    Al Carius speaks at the ITCCCA North Coaches Meeting
    The ITCCCA-North Coaches Meeting took place on September 27 in Elmhurst, Illinois. The guest speaker at this meeting was Hall of Fame Coach Al Carius of North Central College. Carius spoke to the attending coaches for 30 minutes on topics including values within the North Central College Cross Country program as well as discussing the levels of coaching. Coach Carius took questions at the end of the 30 minutes. Watch all of these great videos! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
  16. XC Zone National & Regional Top Lists
    28 Sep, 2017
    XC Zone National & Regional Top Lists
    Each week, we will be published an updated list of who we see are in the top 25 for both the Boys and the Girls. Regional lists have been increased to 10 schools and will be published every week up to the Nike Cross Nationals in December. Boys: 9/28 Recap | Top 25 National Lists | Top 10 Regional Lists Girls: 9/28 Recap | Top 25 National Lists | Top 10 Regional Lists
  17. Palatine Invitational - Meet of Champions
    24 Sep, 2017
    Palatine Invitational - Meet of Champions
    Maine South’s Tommy Brady was just looking for some shade and liquid after his win Saturday in the Boys Varsity race at the Palatine Invitational Meet of Champions. The same was true for every runner that crossed the sun baked finish line at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve. By the time the Girls Varsity race started near 10:00 AM, temperatures were in the mid-80’s. It wasn’t the survival of the fittest. It was the survival of the smartest. Brady showed that in his win. Dunlap (pictured)
  18. Rachel Hickey: You are not defined by one race
    21 Sep, 2017
    Rachel Hickey: You are not defined by one race
    Legendary Coach Vince Lombardi once said: "The Greatest accomplishment in life is not in never falling but in rising again after you fall." Rachel Hickey of LaSalle-Peru High School discovered that last spring when she finished second at the 2A State Track and Field Meet in the 800 Meter Run after winning that race the year before. Hickey struggled through her junior year but has rediscovered her love for running. In her essay "To the Runner Who Doubts Themselves: You Are Not Defined by One
  19. XC Zone National & Regional Top Lists
    20 Sep, 2017
    XC Zone National & Regional Top Lists
    Each week, we will be publishing an updated list of who we see are in the top 25 for both the Boys and the Girls nationally. Top 5  Regional lists will be published every week up to the Nike Cross Nationals in December. You can find updated lists each week on ILXCTF.com. BOYS : 9/21 Recap | National List | Regional List GIRLS: 9/21 Recap | National List | Regional List
  20. Illinois HS XC Weekend Highlights
    18 Sep, 2017
    Illinois HS XC Weekend Highlights
    Conditions were not the best this past weekend with temperatures in the mid-80’s with high humidity. There were some meets that got their main races in but had to cancel open races at the end of their program. Even with the heat, there were some great performances turned in on Saturday. Deer Creek-Mackinaw (pictured) was impressive in winning the team title at Bureau Valley. Read more about the weekend of IL HS XC here >>> Illinois High School Cross Country - Weekend Highlights - September 18,

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