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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 3A Girls Teams
    16 Aug, 2017
    2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 3A Girls Teams
    The level and quality of runners in the 3A classification in Illinois keeps getting stronger. Last year at the NXR Midwest Regional Championships, the top three 3A teams from the IHSA State meet finished in the top four. State Champion Naperville North made it to Portland as an automatic qualifier. 3A Third-place Minooka received an at-large bid. For some reason, 3A 2nd place team was ignored for one of those bids. To get to Portland via Terre Haute, you need to survive the Illinois High
  12. 2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 2A Boys Teams
    16 Aug, 2017
    2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 2A Boys Teams
    The one thing to always remember is that the team from the year before is not like the one you may be in now. It does not matter if you return every runner. It will be different. The chemistry between teammates will change. The feeling will be different when you step to the starting line. It happens to every championship team and every person that has coached or run realizes that. “I think the runners are always hopeful that we will have another strong season,” Mahomet-Seymour Coach Neal
  13. ILLINOIS XC SPEED RATINGS website now open
    16 Aug, 2017
    ILLINOIS XC SPEED RATINGS website now open
    By Michael Newman [email protected] We are happy to welcome ILLINOIS XC SPEED RATINGS to the Illinois High School Cross-Country scene this fall! The creator of this site is Roland Hopkins. Roland graduated from North Central College and is now a CPA with an MBA in financial management. Speed Ratings for Cross Country basically lets you compare runners in races on different courses. For example, you may have a runner that has completed a race at Katherine Legge Memorial in Hinsdale and another
  14. 2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 2A Girls Teams
    15 Aug, 2017
    2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 2A Girls Teams
    The 2A Girls team race in last year's IHSA State Cross Country Meet was one of the best meets ever in Girls state meet history. The 2017 2A Girls State Meet could be better with the top three teams from last year all bringing back the majority of their top seven. Save November 4, 2017 on your calendar. It should be another great team race ILXCTF.com looks at the top 60 2A Girls teams for the upcoming cross-country season. Read more about your favorites teams here >>> Will the 2017 2A Girls
  15. 2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 1A Boys Teams
    14 Aug, 2017
    2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 1A Boys Teams
    Harvest Christian Academy (pictured) won the 1A Boys State Championships last November at Detweiller Park. The Lions enter this season as the #1 team in 1A Boys There are many schools that will challenge with Rockford Christian their chief competition. Check out our previews for the 2017 Cross Country season on ILXCTF.com Read more about the top 50 teams here >>> Harvest Christian Academy no longer under the radar in 1A Boys team race
  16. 2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 1A Girls Teams
    13 Aug, 2017
    2017 ILXCTF Cross Country Season Previews - 1A Girls Teams
    St. Joseph-Ogden (pictured) looks for their third 1A Girls state team championship in the last four years. Tolono Unity starts the year as the top ranked team in 1A. They are looking for their second state championship in three years. Williamsville and Illiana Christian are some of the teams that would like to stop both streaks. ILXCTF.com previews the upcoming 1A Girls season by looking at the top 50 teams in that classification. Read more about your favorite teams here >>> St. Joseph-Ogden
  17. Detweiller At Dark
    29 Jul, 2017
    Detweiller At Dark
    Both High School races at Detweiller at Dark on July 28 had close finishes. Gabe Fendel held off York's Charlie Kern to set a new meet record running 14:29. Indiana's Abigail Lynch ran her first cross country race and won in 17:16. She was one second ahead of Liana Surtz of Batavia who will be entering eighth grade this fall. Read the recap of these races held at iconic Detweiller Park in Peoria >>> Close finishes the name of the game at Detweiller at Dark Race Videos, Interviews, and  Photos
  18. Danny Kilrea: Experience at the 2017 Nike Elite Camp
    26 Jul, 2017
    Danny Kilrea: Experience at the 2017 Nike Elite Camp
    Danny Kilrea of Lyons Township High School in LaGrange spent the past week at the Nike Elite Distance Camp at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Some of the top high school distance runners in the nation attended. Kilrea is the #3 returnee from last year's Nike Cross Nationals. he also is the top returnee from last year's IHSA 3A State Cross Country Championships. You can read more about his experiences at the camp on DyeStat.com >>> Danny Kilrea: My experience at the 2017 Nike Elite
  19. 2017 Sub-5 / Sub-6 Challenge Final Lists
    26 Jun, 2017
    2017 Sub-5 / Sub-6 Challenge Final Lists
    Here are the final lists for the Boys Sub-5 Challenge and the Girls Sub-6 Challenge for the 2017 Track Season sponsored by ILXCTF.com. This is the fourth year that this challenge has been held. Thank you to all the coaches and teams that participated this season. Congratulations to all the student-athletes that are a part of these final lists. BOYS SUB-5 LIST | GIRLS SUB-6 LIST
  20. ILXCTF.com Relay Rankings
    22 Jun, 2017
    ILXCTF.com Relay Rankings
    The ILXCTF.com (formally the DyeStat Illinois) Relay Rankings are based off the DyeStat TFX leaderboards (as of May 27, 2017) for the four relays that are contested at the IHSA State Meet. In the All Class, 3A, 2A, and 1A categories, the top 50 quartets are ranked with 50 points given to the fastest school down to 1 point for the 50th fastest... East St. Louis-Senior repeats as the Boys champion; Dunlap captures Girls title Read about both here >>> East St. Louis-Senior repeats on top of Boys

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