IHSA Cross Country State Championship - Meet Results
Outdoor Performance Lists. . Illinois State Invitational. Normal, Ill. May 3 . to earn the Honda-Broderick Cup, given to the nation's top female . Sparks has led a resurgence in Saluki cross country not seen since. Nov 5, PM - Just a few of the reasons so many DuPage County boys and girls cross country teams are not only among the state's best but among the. Illinois IHSA Cross Country State ChampionshipsClass 1ALisle Sect 1Regional 1ARegional 1BRegional 1CElmwood Sect 2Regional 2ARegional 2BRegional.
Make Detweiller a special place.
Boys Cross Country | IHSA Sports & Activities
Focus on the 3 miles ahead of you, and just run. Every one of you has been working extremely hard since June, and even all the way back to last November. Now is the time to cash the check. Every interval, hill sprint, and Waterfall loop have been for this moment.
Trust your training and make all your hard work pay off. You, were at the bottom however through triumph and pain you have climbed successfully to the top. Whether it be enduring summer running in the blistering heat on a Waterfall run to winter running of sludging though KLM's snow covered hills and ice covered streets you worked hard.
To the men of Hinsdale central you have no only gotten to the top of the ladder you did it as a TEAM through the thick and thin, and remember that when you toe the line you are a team and that there is NOBODY that can stop you when the gun goes off.1991 IHSA Boys & Girls Cross Country State Finals
Every one of you has trained harder and more extensively than any past season. Run more miles and put in more hours than any HCXC team ever. As the team website says, "2 days until the State Meet" make it count; one day, one moment, one dream. I know how hard all of you have worked this season and I think this year Hinsdale Central will be turning a lot of heads on Saturday.
I know you will have a lot on your minds between now and Saturday's race, so my advice to you is relax. And run your hearts out. While I didn't get to run at Detweiler in high school, I have run enough races to know that during each one there's a battle you must wage within yourself to go that much harder, that much faster, and not to stop, despite everything your body is telling you. I don't know if it is true, but I heard once that the best boxers get that way because they've trained themselves to overpower their natural instincts and lean into their opponent's punches.
This must be your mission on Saturday. You've done the training. You have the opportunity.
You have the capacity to run unhinged and without regret. As an athlete, the best feeling in the world is to finish a well-run, hard-fought race, and this one is yours for the taking. And know that we're with you all the way to the finish line. Reddel, who was an assistant track coach at that time but has now taken over the reins of leadership at York, explained to us the psychology behind why we get nervous before races.
It's not the pain, he explained, but rather the uncertainty of the outcome. This makes sense to me: Thus, the pain is something we can anticipate and prepare for.
It is a factor largely within our control.
However, the outcome of state, regardless of how well we run, is not entirely in our control. We have no control over how well our opponents run. We can't control against unexpected obstacles - a runner from another team falling right in front of our guys, a spike to the back of our calves, a sudden crash of blood sugar levels.
Every November, two long-running narratives reach their crescendo and resolutions: Since June, we have been writing the story of our season, with the final chapter to be written this weekend.
Running in parralel to the season forgive the pun has been the Presidential election, with the primary season occuring during summer running, the conventions occuring during our early season meets, and the debates occuring while we competed at Conference and Regionals. As a Social Studies teacher and student of politics, the quadrennial elections are of great interest to me, and, as a citizen of this great nation, the outcome is, of course, of significant import.
With the election just one week away, the media reporting is at a fever pitch. Like the results of state, the results of this election are highly uncertain. The two stories I have been following, and living, over the course of the past several months are hurtling towards their final outcomes, and I can barely stand the anticipation.
I have but one vote, and I will use it, if for no other reason than because I possess the right and it is one that should never be taken for granted. My single ballot is statistically insignificant, but I will feel proud to cast it. Likewise, as a coach at the state meet, I am relegated as I am for all meets to the role of spectator.
Hall of Fame Inductees
I cannot run the race myself, and once that gun goes off, I can only scream from the sidelines, knowing that my shouts of encouragement have as little chance of impacting the outcome as my single vote. Nonetheless, I will be one of the proudest spectators at the meet, thrilled to see the boys I coach have the chance to prove themselves on such a grand stage, anxious to see how they'll write the end to our story.
So let me conclude with a request to readers of this blog. When I started posting entries to this space back in the summer months, I was not sure how many people would read it, nor even how often I would have the time or motivation to continue writing.
However, I have recieved significant positive feedback from many of our team members, alumni, and parents, and so for this reason have felt a certain satisfaction in taking the time to craft ideas and experiment with writing on different topics. For one of my last posts of the season, I'd like to create a blog composed of messages readers send in to offer words of encouragement to our Varsity top seven as they prepare to run in the state championships this weekend. So here is what you can do: It could be a powerful testament to the strength of our HCXC community As a special incentive, I will collect the names of all individuals who send a message and I will choose one name at random - this person will win a pack of Orange Fanta.
If you don't understand how incredibly awesome and significant that prize is, ask a current or former team member! Thanks in advance for your help The sectional race had been run, and we knew our performance, while pure and heartfelt, was nonetheless not the best reflection of our fitness nor of our passion. I could tell from my perch as a spectator that at least four teams had run better.
What I could not discern was if any other team had managed to find the right mix of magic and grit to pull off an upset. Wanting desperately to seek the solace of the woods, I asked Ryan Somerfield if he and the other Varsity runners preferred to run on their own or if they would not mind my company.
Ryan invited me to join, and after several minutes of the boys removing their spikes and lacing up their training flats with shaky hands, we strode off, away from the crowds milling near the pavilion where the awards ceremony would later be held and off towards the recreational path at the south end of the forest preserve.
We ran in silence for several minutes, and I can only wonder as to what each individual runner was thinking. Had we worked so hard, struggled for so long, only to come up just short in the one race where there was truly no margin for error? Had our sacrifices been in vain? Anything less would be a vastly inadequate reward for how much each boy had given to our program. And so, about 11 minutes into the run, I felt the emotions well up inside, and, unexpectedly, burst through my heretofore placid exterior.
- Site Navigation
- Dan Brannan, Content Director
- IHSA Cross Country State Championship
So, in the backwoods section of the Midlothian Meadows sectional course, I stared into the proverbial abyss. I knew a 6th place finish would be devastating for all of us. It would be a hurt that would be difficult to recover from.
As I began to collect myself, I reflected on two thoughts I had earlier in the day: That possibility still existed. It was time for me to face our destiny and find out. I jogged alone back to the team area, knowing Coaches Kupres and Westhpal would likely know the outcome by the time I returned. One look at Kupres and I knew he had the answer. He pulled me to the side, away from the view of our team, and told me the score in ascending order, starting with Lyons Township in 1st.
Can I describe to you the surge of relief I felt when he got to 5th place and announced that position as belonging to us? Words would fail to describe it. The season had been saved. Coach K and Westphal collected our very quiet top 7 together, and in an almost anti-climactic manner revealed the good news: Then I let out a scream and tackled Dylan Palo, who had outkicked enough runners in the final straightaway to secure us a spot at the starting line in Peoria.
The curse was broken then, and the giggling and good-natured verbal one-upsmanship returned. We did, after all, make history, helping Hinsdale Central advance to state for a third straight year, something our program has never accomplished before.
More importantly, we get another chance to run. Dylan Palo and Rajan Khanna will, after all, get to run in the state meet in Peoria as high school athletes. And we all will get the chance to shine at storied Detweiller Park, chastened by experience, but better for it, and ready to seize the moment. While I think there is a danger of relying too much on past performances to predict future outcomes, the biggest takeaway for me was to realize that following tradition is not always the best recipe for future success, even when past traditions have generally been successful.
A coach must always be willing to reflect upon his methods and never be afraid to experiment. Andrew will be a first year Engineering major and he is brought to us by his parents Andy and Jackie Lamkin. Also the captain of the baseball team Junior and Senior year. He was the starting Quarterback for football team sophomore and junior year and to top that off was a power forward for basketball team in his senior year.
Mahmud will be on campus majoring in Business Administration. His parents are Adib Qusai and Denise Mahmud. He also earned to be on the Honor Roll list all 4 years, as well as the Principal's List for two semesters.
In Robby was voted as the Varsity Most Improved. Beckman will be on campus as an Architecture major. His parents are Bob and Debra Beckman. Jendra will be on campus studying Civil Engineering. His parents are Tim and Karen Jendra. In his past the summer travel team he called home was the Steger Select for coach Bruce Hankey.
In his past summers he played with Bentonville Legion and Kyle Blevins.