Friday, November 5, 2010
High School State Meet Playing in Peoria
Tomorrow is the big day for the top high school runners in Illinois. Peoria's Detweiller Park again will host the IHSA State Meet, which includes competition in three classes for boys and girls. In the big races (Class 3A), York has a chance to win its 27th boys state championship under legendary coach Joe Newton, but it's not a lock. The Dukes are led by Jack Driggs, but it will be up to his teammates to dig down and beat Neuqua Valley, New Trier, Oak Park and maybe others. In the girls competition, it will be a battle between Schaumburg and Palatine. Individually on the boys' side, all eyes will be on Lukas Verzbicas of Sandburg (photo) as he takes his last shot at Craig Virgin's course record of 13:50.6, which was set in 1972. On a personal note, good luck to good friend Will Kupisch, who is stepping down as coach at Downers Grove North after the race. Also, for anyone going to Peoria today, the Illinois Valley Striders will host the annual IHSA Cross Country Social tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the LaSalle Room at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Downtown Peoria. "Coaches, Officials, Volunteers, and Friends of the IHSA Cross Country Championships are invited to this Open House event," a press release stated. For very good previews of the state meet, check out today's Chicago Sun-Times. Mike Clark does an excellent job of summing things up.