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A Note from Bud James

As the 2012 Cross Country Season comes to an end I would like to thank everyone for a fine season. This particular team was very special in many ways. All of the teams that I have coached at U High have been the best kids at our school. This team was a wonderful example of the best of the best at our school. After having coached at U High since 1988 I have come to the point in my career that I need to pass the future of cross country on to someone else. I have had the honor of coaching hundreds of students who have and will go on to do great things in life. The process that we have passed through during this time together is one that can be applied to anything that you will encounter along your life journey. Take your knowledge of running and the friendships, relationships and lessons that you have learned here and apply them to everything you do. You will alway remember that whatever you do in life you will make all who you have contacted along the way very proud of you. I for one am very proud to have coached each and every member of our team. No matter where you go or what you do I will always be your coach and want you to know that I will be there for you no matter what. I will always remember the 2012 Cross Country Team as one of the best ever. Thank you for making my final team one that I will always remember. Always continue to pass your magic on. Bud James

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2012 State Meet

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2012 State Cross Country Meet

The 2012 State Meet in Peoria was an outstanding day for U High as 6 of the runners had personal bests in the race. For the boys Freshman Jacob Meyer shattered his best running 16:13 for the 3 miles. Junior Max Volchenboum also ran his best by a bunch running 16:45. In the girls race Senior Sarah Curci was our top runner once again running 18:30. Sarah was followed by Freshmen Lucy Kenig-Zeisler and Grace Cain. Both ran personal bests Lucy in 20:07 and Grace in 20:47. Sonia Bourdaghs was next running a season best 21:08. Senior Hannah Tomio added a personal best in 21:32 then came Sophomore Liza Libes in a personal best of 22:06. Jax Ingrassia cam in next for U High running a season best of 22:29. U High had a nice large group of fans in Peoria which included teammates and parents. It was a great finish to another great year. The girls team finished 24th in the state! Great job to everyone.

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State Preview 2012

STATE CENTRAL: 2012 Cross Country

October 31, 2012
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The 2012 IHSA Boys & Girls Cross Country State Finals return to Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 3, marking the 67th annual season of the boy’s state finals and the 34th of the girl’s state meet. All six races will unfold over the three-mile course at Detweiller Park, which is hosting the event for the 43rd consecutive year. The sixth-year of the three-class state championship series will be documented on IHSA.tv, which will release highlights of the races on the website in the days that follow the meet.

St. Teresa ended Winnebago’s streak of five straight state titles in 2010 by claiming the Class 1A crown and now look to move a step closer to matching that mark, as the two-time defending champs vie for a three-peat behind a trio of returning Top 11 finishers from a year ago.
Top 5 Team Returnees From 2011 State Meet: St. Teresa (1st); Monticello (3rd); Elmwood (4th); Freeburg (5th); Rock Falls (6th)
Top 10 Individual Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Alex Van Hoof, Bloomington Central Catholic (2nd); Megan Burgener, St. Teresa (7th); Faith Wieland, Bloomington Central Catholic (8th); Ivy Handley, St. Teresa (10th); Rachel Devereux, St. Teresa (11th); Caitlin Busch, Freeburg (12th); Hannah Houska, Monticello (13th); Chloe Marshinski, Westmont (14th); Jess Clarke, Tri-Valley (15th); Maria Baldwin, Fieldcrest (17th)
Top 2012 Sectional Team: St. Teresa (31 points at Effingham St. Anthony Sectional)
Top 2012 Sectional Individual: Rachel Devereux, St. Teresa (18:11 at Effingham St. Anthony Sectional)

Mt. Zion edged runner-up Tolono Unity by 12 points to claim its first cross country state title in school history a year ago. The Braves will have another tough road ahead of them with the top five team finishers from a year ago all returning, while the school could challenge for its first individual crown with the return of Jake Brown.
Top 5 Team Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Mt. Zion (1st); Tolono Unity (2nd); Monticello (3rd); St. Thomas More (4th); Tremont (5th)
Top 10 Individual Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Grant Nykaza, Beecher (2nd); Jake Brown, Mt. Zion (3rd); Blake Hale, Robinson (4th); Jesse Hahne, Schlarman (5th); James Weissensel, Ottawa Marquette (10th); Austin Ackman, Havana (11th); Ethan Adlfinger, Alleman (13th); Nick Hess, St. Thomas More (19th); Chad French, Canton (22nd); Daniel Plunkett, Pleasant Plains (23rd)
Top 2012 Sectional Team: Richmond-Burton (33 points at Lisle Sectional)
Top 2012 Sectional Individual: Jake Brown, Mt. Zion (15:13 at St. Thomas More Sectional)

Yorkville finished as the runner-up at the state meet in both 2010 and 2011, falling by six and 17 points, respectively, before winning the school’s first state title in girls cross country a year ago. The Lady Foxes are back to defend their crown, while Crystal Lake Central hopes to follow Yorkville’s path from runner-up to champion with defending individual champ Sami Staples leading the way.
Top 5 Team Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Yorkville (1st); Crystal Lake Central (2nd); Montini (3rd); Springfield (4th); Wheaton St. Francis (7th)
Top 10 Individual Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Sami Staples, Crystal Lake Central (1st); Katie Adams, Marengo (7th); Casey Kramer, Yorkville (8th); Meredith McClain, Sacred Heart-Griffin (9th); Victoria Clinton, Kaneland (11th); Mary Fleming, Crystal Lake Central (17th); Brittany Schwarz, Dixon (20th); Sydney Billingsley, Normal University (21st); Kate Roback, Wheaton St. Francis (24th); Sarah Curci, Chicago University (26th);
Top 2012 Sectional Team: St. Viator (22 points at Fenton Sectional)
Top 2012 Sectional Individual: Katie Adams, Marengo (17:23 at Belvidere Sectional)

In 2010, Belvidere North High School left the field in the dust en route to its second consecutive state title, besting the runner-up by 125 points. The Blue Thunder won their third straight championship in 2011, but runner-up Glenbard South significantly narrowed the gap from 2010 (18 points) and is among several schools who hope to overtake Belvidere North in 2012.
Top 5 Team Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Belvidere North (1st); Glenbard South (2nd); Normal University (3rd); Springfield (4th); Mahomet-Seymour (5th)
Top 10 Individual Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Tyler Yunk, Belvidere North (2nd); Riley McInerney, Charleston (3rd); John Wold, Glenbard South (4th); Alex Baker, Crystal Lake Central (5th); Jamison Dale, Jones (6th); Paxson Menard, Belvidere North (9th); Murphy Affolder, Mascoutah (10th); Joe Singleton, Glenbard South (11th); Simon Thorpe, Dixon (14th); Tyler Rasso, East Moline United (15th)
Top 2012 Sectional Team: Jones (17 points at Fenton Sectional)
Top 2012 Sectional Individual: John Wold, Glenbard South (14:32 at Wheaton Academy Sectional)

New Trier ran away from the field in 2011 and brought home the school’s first championship trophy in girls cross country. With three returnees who placed among the Top 11 individuals a year ago back in 2012, the Trevians will look to follow Geneva (2007-2008) to become the second school to repeat in Class 3A in the three-class era.
Top 5 Team Returnees From 2011 State Meet: New Trier (1st); Wheaton Warrenville South (2nd); Naperville North (T3rd); Prospect (5th); Glenbard West (6th)
Top 10 Individual Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Kaylee Flanagan, Lake Park (3rd); Courtney Ackerman, New Trier (4th); Jill Hardies, Hinsdale Central (5th); Emily Leonard, Maine South (6th); Megan Lemersal, Maine South (9th); Mimi Smith, New Trier (10th); Jessica Ackerman, New Trier (11th); Emma Fisher, York (12th); Kelsey Hjorth, Oswego (13th); Madeline Perez, Glenbard West (14th)
Top 2012 Sectional Team: O’Fallon (36 points at Normal Community Sectional)
Top 2012 Sectional Individual: Madeline Perez, Glenbard West (16:38 at Niles West Sectional)

Palatine had finished as the runner-up at the state meet five times, including three times since 2003, before the Pirates finally broke through last year for the school’s first team state title in boys cross country. O’Fallon, the 2011 runner-up by six points, returns a host of talent and expects to push Palatine again in 2012.
Top 5 Team Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Palatine (1st); O’Fallon (2nd); Neuqua Valley (3rd); York (4th); Sandburg (7th)
Top 10 Individual Returnees From 2011 State Meet: Alex Riba, O’Fallon (2nd); Scott Milling, York (15th); Joey Santillo, Minooka (16th); Nathan Mroz, York (21st); Patrick Perrier, O’Fallon (22nd); Ryan Burgoon, Barrington (23rd); Martin Martinez, Gurnee Warren (24th); Griffin Haugen, Naperville North (27th); Kyle Mattes, York (30th); Pat McMahon, Sandburg (32nd)
Top 2012 Sectional Team: O’Fallon (26 points at Normal Community Sectional)
Top 2012 Sectional Individual: Patrick Perrier, O’Fallon (14:36 at Normal Community Sectional)

Detweiller Park (Peoria)

Saturday, November 3
State Final Races

Class 1A Girls – 9:00 a.m.
Class 1A Boys – 10:00 a.m.
Class 2A Girls – 11:00 a.m.
Class 2A Boys – 12:00 p.m.
Class 3A Girls – 1:00 p.m.
Class 3A Boys – 2:00 p.m.

Class 1A – 11:00 a.m.
Class 2A – 1:00 p.m.
Class 3A – 3:00 p.m.

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A highlight package from the meet will be posted on www.IHSA.tv in the days that follow the state finals.

Currently no radio broadcasts for this event

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Cross Country Continues the Tradition

Congratulations to Cross Country for another spectacular season. The girls team qualified for state and we have 2 boys- Jacob Meyer and Max Volchenboum qualify individually. They continue the fine tradition of the teams I have had the honor of coaching. They carry the baton well.

19 Regional Championships 6 boys, 13 girls.

1 Sectional Championship -girls

Team Qualified for State 14 times -3 boys, 11 girls

1 State Champion Individual- Peter Muller ’96

All-State-Peter Muller- ‘94, ‘95, ‘96. Jennifer Johnson-‘93. Leah Drew-‘98. Anna Bloom-‘99. Becky Levine-2000, 2002. Sherry Fu- 2009

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Sectional Cross Country October 27, 2012

Congratulations to the cross country team for an excellent sectional meet on Saturday at Fenton. The girls team qualified for the state meet next week in Peoria with a 4th place finish out of 21 schools. The boys team finished 12th in their race. Sarah Curci led the way with a 4th place finish overall. Lucy Kenig Zeisler was 23rd, Grace Cain was 32nd, Hannah Tomio, – 57th, Liza Libes 58th, Sonia Bourdaghs-68th and Jax Ingrassia 85th. For the boys Jacob Meyer and Max Volchenboum both qualified for state finishing 21st and 28th. Arthur Chang was 81st, Frank Waggoner-86th, Ben Meyer 90th, Zach Emanuel- 105th and Jason Deng 110th. All the boys ran really well. Congratulations on a great season and good luck next weekend in Peoria.