Illinois IHSA Cross Country State Championships
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We started the year off by beating 1 Palatine at the Hornet-Red Devil Invitational but followed that with a 3rd place finish at the Peoria Woodruff Invitational Taylor did not run and Nick Bushelle dropped out of the race. We managed to win all the rest of the races leading up to the State meet.
Harsha Torke would have been a senior, but he moved to Florida.
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Somehow, we overcame the odds, and were able to put together an amazing season. We were able to do this because of an amazing senior class and two talented juniors. The seniors were academic and aerobic monsters. They put in the miles and their ACT scores will never be matched by another team.
Of our top eight seniors, six of them had an ACT score of 34 or 35! We started the season by losing by 1 pt. We then won every race leading up to the State meet. The State meet saw cool temperatures and a rock, hard course that ran like a track.
Our strategy was to go out in 4: We went out a little slower 4: Taylor Soltys was all-state, Mark Derrick ran with one shoe after the mile, Josh Ferguson just dipped under Our guys ran solid but were not able to replicate the negative splits of the top 4 to take home the top prize.
However, it was not a day to hang our heads. We got another trophy and no one considered us a contender when the season began. What was possibly even more amazing, was we were able to qualify for the Nike Cross Country National meet as a team 3rd time and we were again the top team in Illinois, finishing 12th like the year before. Billy Klimczak, Alex Merkley. Luke Verbus, Carlton Folster, Andrew Tout, David Wing We gathered at the River Run subdivision country club house in early June to talk about why we train the way we do and to establish some common goals.
We trained smart and consistently all summer and the team bonded like no other I have ever coached.
Running Times magazine decided to follow us throughout the season and a story appeared in their magazine and updates were provided online. Before our first race we made a commitment to run in a pack.
At the Hornet-Red Devil Invitational, the guys ran well and won the meet, but we did not run together. We re-committed ourselves to doing so and at the Peoria Woodruff Invitational the next weekend we had 6 guys within arms length of one another at the two mile mark Beattie was in the front pack.
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From there on out, we ran as a TEAM. We made history by placing at the Upstate Eight Conference meet and that momentum carried us through the State series and some illness to the State meet. Loyola Chicago was ranked 1 in the nation going into the State meet.
The weather was warm and humid and we stuck to our usual race plan of running together. We were over points out of first at the 1. It was not until Phil Lockwood Illinois Valley Striders told me we had won, almost 30 minutes after the race, did we know the results. Aaron Beattie 4th and David Wing 20th were all-state and our fifth man Billy Klimczak finished 35th to enable us to win by 12 pts.
I learned one can never take anything for granted and I was reminded that hard work has no substitutes. We finished this season as possibly the best fourth place team in the history of Illinois. Again, we ran this race with our second man running his first race in over a month. This time, it was Aaron Beattie who was overcoming IT issues.
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He still managed to run During the season, we won three major invitationals and repeated as conference champions. We raced inconsistently throughout the season.
Luckily, we did what was possible on the day of the State meet. We were only 4 points out of first at the two mile mark but faded to finish a distant fourth.
We competed but a trophy just was not in the cards this year. Danny Pawola finished fifth overall to earn his second all-state honor.
Only he and Chris Derrick have ever achieved this distinction in our program. We worked our tails off during the summer and entered the season with optimism after some of the guys put up some great times during the track season. We then encountered the obstacle of not running with our number two guy, Jimmy Riddle, who was diagnosed with a stress fracture.
We would go unbeaten. Jimmy ran in the State meet but ran out of gas the last m. Luckily, Josh ran his usual steady race and we were able to out-distance York by 19 points. Changes are passed by simple majority of member schools. The day-to-day running of the Association is charged to an administrative staff of nine,  one of whom acts in the position of Executive Director.
This group is directly responsible for setting up and running the individual state playoff series in each sport and activity. They also supervise annual meetings with advisory committees from each sport and activity to review possible changes in the rules.
They also coordinate committees on issues from sportsmanship and sports medicine to media relations and corporate sponsorship.
Subordinate to the Constitution and By-Laws are a number of policies. Examples of policies include individual athlete eligibility, rules governing the addition of new sports and activities, the classification of schools 1A, 2A, 3A, etc.
The key policy that has been a cornerstone to the IHSA is its policy on grouping and seeding tournaments: The State Series is designed to determine a State Champion. The State Series is not intended to necessarily advance the best teams in the state to the State Final. The IHSA is built upon the concept of geographic representation in its state playoff series. Only the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association outdates it, by two years.
For the greater part of a decade, the IHSA was concerned mostly with establishing school control over interscholastic athletic programs and setting eligibility standards for competition. Ringers were a persistent problem, and among schoolboy sports, football was a special concern.
In this period, severe injuries and even deaths were not uncommon, and there was much talk of banning football completely. Although a handful of other state associations had sponsored track meets, none had ever attempted to organize a statewide basketball tournament. Subsequent state tournaments, which were open to all member schools, provided the IHSA with fiscal independence, an important new vehicle to spread its message, and ever-increasing name recognition among the public.
Bythe affairs of the Association became so time-consuming that its board hired a full-time manager, C. As vice president of the Board, Whitten had recently reorganized the basketball tournament and reduced the size of the state finals from 21 teams to four.2017 IHSA Class 3A Boys Cross Country State Meet // 11.04.17
In addition to his IHSA responsibilities, Whitten ran the business affairs of the NFHS, at first unofficially, and after with the official title of general manager. Porterexerted unusual influence over high school sports, not only in Illinois, but across the nation.
In one memorable battle, Whitten took on the "grand old man" of college football, Amos Alonzo Stagg of the University of Chicago and effectively shut down his national tournament for high school basketball champions.
Porter later became the first full-time executive of the NFHS.
As the Association matured, member schools requested sponsorship of state tournaments in sports other than basketball. The first such move came inwhen the IHSA took over control of the Illinois Interscholastic, a festival of high school track, golf, and tennis run by the University of Illinois. Inthe race was lengthened to three miles.
Newton also led the Dukes to consecutive state titles streaks of six tofive to and five again to The legendary Newton coached York cross country and track teams to a combined conference championships, and to more than 2, dual meet victories at a percent winning percentage.
Virgin also won the state title. Virgin, who also won three track state titles, set the national outdoor high school two-mile record of 8: Those top 10 or 20 times are almost like a hall of fame. I commend the IHSA for keeping that three-mile distance — I regard all those runners as being special. I have seen t-shirts listing the all-time top 10 times. However, I guessed that the record would be broken the next 10 or 20 years or so. It has assumed legendary status and has become a mecca of high school cross country.
Never did I race in the snow there, but there has been snow.
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The aesthetics of the setting is probably one of the things that set it apart from other courses. Nagel then led the Wildcats to the runner-up finish infollowed by state titles inand Also a track standout with four consecutive 3,meter state titles and two 1,meter state titles, Miroballi went on to become a cross country and track standout at Indiana University.
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Although a petite 5-foot-1, Miroballi was a giant on any cross country course on which she set foot.