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  1. Richard Spring Invitational
    17 Sep, 2017
    Richard Spring Invitational
    It did not feel like a mid-September morning. By the time that the Boys race started at 11:00 AM, temperatures had climbed to 82 degrees with the humidity close to 65%. The warm weather was not going to slow down Sandburg’s Dylan Jacobs (pictured) or Glenbard West’s Katelynne Hart as each runner was dominating in winning their individual races Saturday at Detweiller Park... The team titles were close to with #3 Neuqua Valley winning the Boys crown and #9 Wheaton-Warrenville South winning the
  2. Illinois HS XC Recap
    11 Sep, 2017
    Illinois HS XC Recap
    Mundelein (pictured) made a statement with their win over 2A Mahomet-Seymour Saturday in Springfield. Katelynne Hart running 16:08 missing the course record by 3 seconds also was part of a busy weekend of cross-country across the state. Recap the weekend of some of the meets took place throughout Illinois >>> Illinois High School Cross Country – Weekend Recap – September 11, 2017 Monday Morning Finish Line
  3. First to the Finish Invitational
    10 Sep, 2017
    First to the Finish Invitational
    Danny Kilrea running 14:02 and Dunlap (pictured) with their great pack running were some of the highlight's at Saturday's First to the Finish Invitational in Peoria. Read the recap of the meet on Saturday >>> Kilrea beats the clock with 14:02.3 meet record at First to the Finish Invitational Meet Home Page | Videos | Photos
  4. First to the Finish Invitational Preview
    08 Sep, 2017
    First to the Finish Invitational Preview
    When schools started to arrive last year at Detweiller Park for this meet, they found a huge mud pit to run on. Then again, you run on anything in a cross-country race. Last year’s times were on the average 40 seconds slower than usual. On Saturday, it will be a 180 degree turn in what should be near perfect conditions. No rain in the forecast, temperatures in the mid-70’s with low humidity. What a difference a year makes! A record for this meet 199 schools will converge on historic Detweiller
  5. Behind the Rankings
    06 Sep, 2017
    Behind the Rankings
    This is the second year of our look at the teams that made the top 25 in the ILXCTF rankings in each class. It will give you some idea how teams are slotted into the spots that they are in. It will also give you a view of the team from my eyes. This is a series that runs until the beginning of October. By that point, we should how good (or bad) some teams are. A look at some of the BOYS and GIRLS teams in each of the three classifications
  6. Where IL HS XC teams will be heading this weekend
    05 Sep, 2017
    Where IL HS XC teams will be heading this weekend
    All eyes will be on Detweiller Park on Saturday for the First to the Finish Invitational. Three top ranked state teams will toe the line. In all six races, there will be 80 teams from the ILXCTF state rankings. There will be meets where ranked teams will be at other than Peoria. Here is a look at some of the ranked teams and where they will be competing this weekend. This is not a complete list of meets in Illinois. Just a list of where some of the top teams will be competing at. September 5 -
  7. ILXCTF XC State Rankings - Weekend Highlights
    04 Sep, 2017
    ILXCTF XC State Rankings - Weekend Highlights
    Danny Kilrea (pictured, Mike Danner photo credit) ran the state's fastest time as he ran 14:10 to win at the Mike Kuharic Invitational at Lyons Township HS on Saturday. You can read about the highlights from this past weekend here >>> Illinois High School Cross Country - Weekend Highlights - September 4, 2017 The ILXCTF State Rankings will be updated every Monday afternoon. You can find these rankings here >>> 2017 ILXCTF Rankings Page Monday Morning Finish Line is your video update of the
  8. Hornet-Red Devil Invitational Recap
    03 Sep, 2017
    Hornet-Red Devil Invitational Recap
    Katelynne Hart (pictured, Eric Hofmann photo credit) runs third fastest time ever at Katherine Legge Memorial in winning Girls Varsity race (16:42); #4 Hinsdale Central edges #2 Glenbard West 84-86 for Girls team title. Zach Kinne and Ryan Kennedy go 1-2 to lead #3 Neuqua Valley to Boys Varsity team title. Read more about the Hornet-Red Devil Invitational - Hart wire-to-wire win at Hinsdale; Host Hinsdale Central Girls edge Glenbard West for team title Results | Meet Homepage
  9. Illinois HS Cross Country Dream Teams
    01 Sep, 2017
    Illinois HS Cross Country Dream Teams
    With the 2017 annual Carl Sandburg Alumni Cross Country meet in the books recently, it is exciting to note that our alumni legends are among the finest cross-country runners in the history of the Illinois High School Association.  Names like Graves, Verzbicas, Torpy, Hicks, Dahleen and Lehnhardt provided the Eagles with some of the fastest times in the history of this great sport here in Illinois.  And others such as Adamowski, Smith, Skucas, Homoly and Hahn were sub 14:50 at Detweiller Park
  10. Illinois HS Cross Country – A look ahead to this weekend
    01 Sep, 2017
    Illinois HS Cross Country – A look ahead to this weekend
    The first full weekend of cross-country in Illinois has more than 95% of the ranked teams in the state. It will be a chance to see how teams and individuals shape up as we start our march towards November and the IHSA State Meet at Detweiller Park... A look at some of the things to watch this weekend in Illinois High School Cross Country. Read it here >>> Illinois HS Cross Country – A look ahead to this weekend – September 1, 2017 Where will my favorite team be?
  11. Illinois High School Cross Country - Tuesday Highlights
    29 Aug, 2017
    Illinois High School Cross Country - Tuesday Highlights
    1A Top Ranked Tolono Unity (pictured) started their season winning the Kickapoo Kick Off Classic Tuesday at Kickapoo State Park in Oakwood. There were other meets that caught our eyes as the cross-country season starts to kick into high gear. Check out the Tuesday highlights here >>> Illinois High School Cross Country – Tuesday Highlights – August 29, 2017
  12. The Week Ahead in Illinois High School Cross Country
    28 Aug, 2017
    The Week Ahead in Illinois High School Cross Country
    The Illinois High School cross-country season starts in earnest this week with more than 90% of the ranked teams competing in meets. Here is this week’s list of Illinois teams that will be in some of the top meets. Ranked teams are included along with some of the top non-ranked teams that are in the meet field. WE DID NOT LIST EVERY TEAM THAT WOULD BE COMPETING IN EVERY MEET. This does not include dual meets, triangulars, etc. August 28 - September 2
  13. ILXCTF Weekend Recap - August 27
    27 Aug, 2017
    ILXCTF Weekend Recap - August 27
    Waubonsie Valley Boys (pictured) wins at Aurora City Championships; 2A power Dunlap wins at Normal West ahead of Minooka The first weekend may have light in regards to meets contested, but some interesting things did happen. Read more about the weekend in Illinois High School Cross Country here >>> Illinois Cross Country Weekend Highlights – August 27, 2017
  14. EIU Showdown - #1 Downers Grove North rolls to season opening win
    24 Aug, 2017
    EIU Showdown - #1 Downers Grove North rolls to season opening win
    August is not the month where state titles are declared. It is the month where state titles are earned. It also when journeys to Peoria begin in Illinois. Such was the case Wednesday afternoon at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville. The state’s top ranked team in the state Downers Grove North was hosting the EIU Showdown. The opening meet of the season is more of a gathering of former Eastern Illinois University runners that meet up. They do bring their teams also.... ILXCTF's top
  15. Yorkville opens 2017 with wins in own invite
    21 Aug, 2017
    Yorkville opens 2017 with wins in own invite
    There were two questions that needed to be answered on Monday. The first was whether the cloud cover would disappear before the solar eclipse became a reality. The second question was whether Yorkville’s opening meet of the year would be cancelled due to the hot temperatures and the high humidity. The answer to both questions were no... The meet went on Monday afternoon with Yorkville winning both the Boys and Girls team titles Read more about the meet here >>> Extra work does not hurt
  16. ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - Boys Individuals
    21 Aug, 2017
    ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - Boys Individuals
    The individual races at this year's state meet could be some of the fastest in each of the three classifications. We know that three new state champions will be crowned. Who will step to the head of the class in each of the IHSA's three classifications? Read all about the top individuals in our three previews. 1A Boys >>> Hall and McIntyre ready to challenge for 1A Boys top spot 2A Boys >>> With Jack Aho graduated, who steps into the 2A top spot? 3A Boys >>> How fast will they go this fall in
  17. ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - Girls Individuals
    21 Aug, 2017
    ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - Girls Individuals
    The 2017 Cross Country Season in Illinois is right around the corner. Take a look at the top Girls runners in each of the three classifications in this state. Who will end up a state champion? You can get information in each of the three previews! 1A Girls >>> Who will step to the head of the class in 1A Girls? 2A Girls >>> McLaughlin in front of the pack in 2A 3A Girls >>> 3A Individuals led by defending state champion Hart
  18. XC Zone - 2017 Top 50 National Teams - Boys Pre-Season
    18 Aug, 2017
    XC Zone - 2017 Top 50 National Teams - Boys Pre-Season
    After calculating rankings for Illinois High School Cross Country the past ten years, I thought it was time to step out of my comfort zone... The XC Zone is a section in ILXCTF.com that just focuses on High School Cross-Country both in Illinois and Nationally. For the first time, I will be putting out lists of team to watch during the 2017 both nationally and the national regionals leading up to the post-season qualifying meets along with the Nike Cross Nationals this December in Portland.
  19. XC Zone - 2017 Top 50 National Teams - Girls Pre-Season
    18 Aug, 2017
    XC Zone - 2017 Top 50 National Teams - Girls Pre-Season
    After calculating rankings for Illinois High School Cross Country the past ten years, I thought it was time to step out of my comfort zone... The XC Zone is a section in ILXCTF.com that just focuses on High School Cross-Country both in Illinois and Nationally. For the first time, I will be putting out lists of team to watch during the 2017 both nationally and the national regionals leading up to the post-season qualifying meets along with the Nike Cross Nationals this December in Portland.
  20. 2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 3A Boys Teams
    16 Aug, 2017
    2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 3A Boys Teams
    It is the road that Sandburg traveled to get to the Nike Cross Nationals. Then it was Neuqua Valley’s turn. In 2017, it belongs to Downers Grove North. Both Sandburg and Neuqua Valley got the experience of running in Portland before stepping into the top five nationally. Downers Grove North finished 12th last year in Portland. This could be their turn to the national spotlight. They will be ranked in the top five nationally heading into the season... Read more about the IHSA 3A Boys teams in

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