Boys cross country: SVM scouts boys state meet
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Detweiller Park, Peoria
Teams: Alleman, Byron, Chicago Latin,
Metro-East Lutheran, Elmwood, Freeburg, Herrin, Johnsburg, Monticello, Mt. Zion, Northridge Prep, Ottawa Marquette, Pleasant Plains, Richmond-Burton, Rochester, Salem, Shelbyville, Sparta, Stanford Olympia, St. Thomas More, Tolono Unity, Tremont, Westmont, Winnebago
Local teams: Newman (Bryson Reyes so., Micah Trancoso jr., Alex DeForest sr., Quincy Coomes so., Drew Rosengren so., Riley Morissey sr., Michael
Local individuals: Brandt Cole, Rock Falls sr.; Ryan Taylor, Bureau Valley jr.
Top 5 returning runners: Grant Nykaza, Beecher sr.; Blake Hale, Robinson sr.; Jesse Hahne, Danville Schlarman sr.; Austin Ackman, Havana sr.; Ethan Adlfinger, Alleman sr.
2011 top three teams: 1. Mt. Zion 76; 2. Tolono Unity 88; 3. Monticello 122
2011 individual top three: 1. Steve Schroeder, Monticello sr. (14:28); 2. Nykaza (14:37); 3. Jake Brown, Mt. Zion sr. (14:58)
FYI: Cole is the local with the best shot to make some noise; he placed 27th last year and 64th in 2010, when the Rockets placed 13th as a team. … Taylor was 63rd last year, his first at state. …
None of the Newman runners made state last year, but DeForest was on the 12-runner roster during the Comets’ 2009 title campaign.
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Detweiller Park, Peoria
Teams: Aurora Central Catholic, Belvidere North, Carbondale, Charleston, Chatham Glenwood,
Chicago Jones, Chicago Mather, Crystal Lake
Central, Deerfield, Fenton, Glenbard South, Illiana Christian, Kaneland, Mahomet-Seymour, Metamora, Niles Notre Dame, Peoria Notre Dame, Pontiac, Springfield, St. Francis, St. Viator, U-High, United Township, Yorkville
Local teams: Dixon (Simon Thorpe jr., Cody Sondgeroth jr., Roy Hummel sr., Skylar Mitchell jr., Austin Trevino, Evan Grady so., Kylian Lally jr.)
Top 5 returning runners: Tyler Yunk, Belvidere North sr.; Riley McInerney, Charleston sr.; John Wold, Glenbard South jr.; Alex Baker, Crystal Lake Central sr.; Jamison Dale, Chicago Jones sr.
2011 top three teams: 1. Belvidere North 110; 2. Glenbard South 128; 3. U-High 173
2011 individual top three: 1. Michael Clevenger, MacArthur sr. (14:26); 2. Yunk (14:32); 3. McInerney (14:40)
FYI: Thorpe, coming off a 14th-place individual showing in his second state meet last year, spearheads a Dixon team with top-three aspirations. He also led the Dukes to a 15th-place team finish in 2010. … Yorkville, which beat Dixon 27-59 at the NIB-12 meet, could contend for the title. ... Belvidere North won the Belvidere Sectional with 47 points to runner-up Dixon’s 95 and has won the last three 2A titles. … Preceding the Blue Thunder’s run, Dixon won the 2008 title, edging North 94-97.
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