State Cross Country Meet
By: Amy Boehm
After a long season including everything from summer running in the heat to rainy runs in 40 degree weather, the state finals meet for cross country took place on November 6th at Detweiller Park in Peoria. In order to qualify for state in cross country, runners must fall within the top seven teams of their sectional. It is also possible to qualify alone, which is done by being in the top 10 individual runners who did not qualify as a team. After a muddy and cold race at the class 3A sectional meet, hosted by Lake Park, the boys team worked their way to third place, securing themselves a spot to compete as a team in the state meet. While the girls team did not qualify for the state meet as a whole, they came in strong at ninth place with individual qualifications by Jacelyn Johnson, a senior, and Janna Postma, a junior.
The athletes competing in the state meet embarked on their 3-hour bus journey early morning Friday to ensure enough time to prepare for their race the next day. At the meet, conditions were excellent and the times our runners ran proved this to be true. The boys took 15th place overall, with many racing their personal fastest times. For the girls, the two individual qualifiers both ran personal records and placed exceptionally well despite the very competitive nature of the meet.
Support for cross country is just as important as in any other sport, and fans of the team did not disappoint. A group of people from the boys and girls team made the long trek to Peoria to cheer on their teammates. Some of the boys dressed as “superfans,” and came in tow with painted chests and lots of enthusiasm. The level of excitement was at an all time high and the runners were able to feed off of the energy and race their way into PR’s.
Overall, the boys and girls both had successful seasons and continue to foster optimism for their future running seasons. And with the track season just around the corner, there will be even more opportunities for our Falcon athletes to improve.