Front Pack of the Boys Varsity Race. They call the Palatine Invitational the Meet of Champions. It is justifiable named because this meet features some of the top teams in the state like Lake Zurich, Hinsdale Central, New Trier, and York.
Girls Varsity Race.
Defending CPS champion Maggie Scholle(sr) of Lane Tech ran as an open individual. She finished 5th in the girls varsity race with a time in the low 17's.
Jones was the only CPS team there. Pictured above is the sophomore boys action at the 2 mile mark. Freshman Ian Bacon(fr) led Jones in the sophomore race with a top 7 (unofficial) finish. Jeremy Adams(sr) finished in the top 7 at the boys varsity level.
That object in the sky in the top middle is a drone. Someone placed a camera wielding drone to capture the finish.
Ian Bacon(fr) broke the all-time Jones College Prep freshman 2 mile cross country time by running a 10:34 at the Harvey Braus Invitational .
Think about all the fast runners that have gone through at Jones: Jamison Dale, Peter Schaible, Luke O'Connor, and more. None of them have the 2 mile cross country record at Jones. That distinction now belongs to Ian Bacon after he ran a 10:34 at Lake Park last week.
Taft's sophomore girls team finished 4th - an improvement from their 8th place finish last year. Also numbers are way up. Not too long ago, Taft had a maybe 10 people on their entire team. Now I estimated about 60.
Lane Tech boys runners doing some hills on top of the hill at Horner Park in a recent practice.
The Lane Tech Cross Country Team is hosting its 3rd Annual LTXC 4K at Horner Park on Wednesday, September 28th at 6PM following our elementary school meet. We would love to have some former runners come out and join us on that day. Tickets can be purchased at ltxc4k.weebly.com All proceeds will go toward supporting our team.
Front pack of the boys sophomore race at the Libertyville Invitational. Jones's sophomore team looked really good as they unofficially finished 4 runners in the top ten including a 2nd place finish. This was a big suburban meet featuring teams like Prospect, Barrington, New Trier, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and more.
The Jones varsity team was not as dominant as their sophomore team but still very good.
Taft and Northside Prep were also there. Northside is rebuilding. Taft seems to have more numbers than in years past and may have some raw talent to develop.
Julian Higueros(so) of Lane leads at about the 3/4 mile mark. He went on to maintain the lead to win the frosh-soph race at the Wauconda Invitational. He ran an unofficial time of 16:20 in an unofficial race distance of 3.05 miles in wet, windy, rainy, and muddy conditions. Lane's sophomore team looked really good in this race filled with suburban teams like Mundelein, Stevenson, New Trier, Warren, etc. I would estimate Lane's frosh-soph team finished about 6th or 7th.
Lane's boys varsity team finished 15th out of 24 teams. Jason Rivera(sr) led Lane with a 21st overall finish with a time of 16:05.
Lane Tech's girls frosh-soph team finished an impressive 4th out of 22 teams. They were led by freshman Megann Lawlor(fr) who finished in 14th place (22:09).
Jason Rivera(sr) and Julian Higueros(so) finished 1-2 to lead Lane. Rivera ran a 16:04 and 16:07 for the 3.07 mile course with a big hill. Freshman Jack Burns(fr) won the frosh race with a time of 11:34 for the 2.1 mile course.
Lindblom returns 5 runners who have run 16:30 or better. This is an experienced senior laden team. The fastest group of returning Lindblom Eagles. Look for them to improve on their 99 points they scored last year at the CPS meet. I am not sure they can improve on their 3rd place finish but they could be tough if they can get 5 runners running in the 15's.(BIG IF). They also finished 15th at the class 2A state meet. Top 12 state finish?
Times following the names are 800/1600/3200/3 mile times run in the past.- not necessarily their PR. If you have the runner's PR please comment.
Eduardo Rodriguez(sr)- 1:57.64/15:55 Daniel Cervantes(jr)-2:10/15:56 Salvador Lozano(sr)-10:21/16:24 Joel Delgado(sr)- 4:52/10:04/16:28 George Walls(sr)-2:06/16:30 Denilsonn Saavedra(sr)-4:53/10:51/16:59 James Alvarado(so)-4:54 Mario Morales(jr)-17:08 Czar Carson(so)- 18:59
Bukuru Anaclet(sr) is one of 6 top 7 returnees for a Von Steuben team that finished 4th at the CPS meet last year. That 4th place finish was the highest CPS meet finish in recent history for a Von Steuben team.
The number of quality returnees and track season results is a strong indicator of how well a team will do in cross country. By that measure, then Von Steuben should have an impact this fall in cross country. Von Steuben returns 6 of their top 7 runners- including their top 5- that placed 4th at last year's CPS varsity team. That 4th place finish is saying a lot. That was the highest varsity boys finish at the CPS meet for a Von Steuben team for a long time- probably a couple decades if I am not mistaken. They finished ahead of traditional distance powers Northside, Mather, and Lane.
Von Steuben returns two all-city runners in Jamie Marcos(sr-11th) and Jonathon Fernandez(sr-18th). Marcos is their solid number 1 man. You will see him near the front in most meets this year. His season best track marks are 1:56 in the 800, 4:25 in the 1600, and 9:52 in the 3200.
But as good as Marcos is, cross country is still very much a team sport. Other guys like Bukuru Anaclet(sr) and Mouhcine Kadi(sr) will be big components. Then there is the lack of depth issue for Von Steuben. They - like most other team- may have the 5th man issue. How close their 5th man stays to their big 4 will be in my opinion the largest determinant of how far Von Steuben goes this year. If they can solve that 5th man issue a big improvement from last year is certainly possible. No one is saying Von Steuben will be near Whitney Young or Jones. But in battle for the 3rd spot behind those two Von Steuben has an opportunity to make their mark. If not, other teams like Mather, Northside, Lindblom, and Lane could steal their thunder.
This is a senior laden proven veteran team. If there is the year to do it, this is the year for Von Steuben.
Julian Higueros(soph to be) and KC Pruitt(junior to be) shown here on the way to a 1-2 finish at last year's frosh-soph race at the St. Patrick Invitational.
Lane finished 7th at the CPS boys varsity cross country meet last year. That was the lowest finish by a Lane boys varsity team at the CPS meet in a very long time (if not the lowest ever). Don't expect Lane to finish that low again this year as last year was a rare rebuilding year. Lane returns 4 of their top 5 from their city varsity team. Jason Rivera(sr to be) was a pleasant surprise last year as the former baseball player turned distance runner finished 28th at the varsity level to finish as Lane's #2 runner. He followed up a good cross country season with a good track season in which he ran personal bests 4:36 mile and 9:55 2 mile. Look for Rivera to be a solid fixture near the front for Lane.
Furthermore, their sophomore team finished 2nd and their freshman team finished 4th at last year's CPS meet. Two to watch are Julian Higueros(soph to be) and KC Pruitt(junior to be). The pair were Lane's top underclassmen last year and will be major part of Lane this year. Higueros ran a 9:58 in the 3200 meter last year in track- a great time for a freshman. Pruitt ran a season best 10:10.
The key for Lane (and for every team) will be how close their 4th and 5th men will be to their top 3. This means the summer development of guys like Nicholas Schoessling(sr) and Vince Costello(sr) will be big for Lane.