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Class AA Girls Rankings

Tony Jones & Tim Plotke

Class AA XC Girls Rankings
Week #9
Week of 11/9
(state recap)

Team (Final Regular Season Rankings)

1. East Peoria
2. Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin
3. Metamora
4. Peoria Notre Dame
5. Dixon
6. Crystal Lake Central
7. Burlington
8. Mahomet-Seymour
9. Yorkville
10. Wheaton Academy
11. Lakes
12. Chicago (University)
13. Wheaton St Francis
14. Kaneland
15. Lemont

-State Recap-

The 2A team race was a tight battle between three teams:  Springfield Sacred Heart, Crystal Lake Central and East Peoria- only 12 points separated them.  The race highlighted the importance of the entire seven members of the team.  Springfield Sacred Heart (87 pts) won the title over a strong and determined Crystal Lake Central squad (90 pts).  For two teams with such similiarities, it came down to the strength of their packs.  SSG placed four runners in the top 20 while CLC had three.  But SSG overcame CLC's two in the top ten surge by Maddie Edwards and Haley Staples.  SSG closed the door with all five runners in the top 25 to just three for CLC.  East Peoria (99 pts) was not to be left out of the trophy action with 3 all-state runners (Preston 5th, Gustafson 15th, Lohmeier 18th) but couldn't overcome the 20 sec 1-5 split (18:23-18:43) between Negro (16th) and Frank (36th) of SSHG or the 43 sec 1- 5 split (18:17- 19:00) between Edwards (12th) and Flood (51st) of CLC and finished with the 3rd place trophy.

The indivdual crown went to Margo Richardson of Mt Vernon (17:41) who won a great battle between Jessie Wynn of PND (17:43) and Lindsey Wilkins of Richmond-Burton (17:49) as well as the 25-30 mph wind gusts and cold temperatures.  Richardson, the pre-race favorite and #1 runner much of the season, got out well but did not try to over do it because of the horrid weather conditions.  She was joined by a slew of runners early on before it dwindled down to a handful of elite competitors.  Richardson made her move going into the last mile with a strong surge.  It appeared as though she would win comfortably, but entering the finish line with 250m to go, the public address announcer got the chilled faithfuls up another notch.  Richardson held tight and strong for the solid victory.  It was the first cross country title in her school's history.

Congratulations to all who competed at the state meet as well as those who ran this season.

Questions or comments? Contact us: Tony Jones at I[email protected] or contributor Tim Plotke at [email protected]