After wrapping up the NSC championships earlier in the week, the boys and girls varsity cross country teams have their eyes set on the IHSA Regional trophy. This Saturday beginning at 10 am, the girls will race on the cross country course at West Campus in west Lake Forest. After a season that saw the Scouts’ top runners suffer a series of injuries, the team is back at full strength.
Brett Chody and Emma Millburn are likely to be the two runners to cross the finish line first for the Scouts. Chody, who earned a 2nd place finish in conference with a time of 16:58, and Millburn, a University of Illinois-commit, who finished 9th with a time of 18.29.7, will be key for the Scouts if they want to advance into IHSA Sectional competition at Hoffman Estates High School the following weekend. The girls will face off against the likes of familiar conference foes (every NSC team except Lake Zurich) while also facing non-conference opponents Highland Park, Round Lake. Seniors Erika Marchant and Grace Scheidler will each be counted on to post low times for the Scouts as well.
The boys team, fresh off of a 5th place finish in the North Suburban Conference, will be looking to make a dent in the IHSA Regional field as well. Nate Schmitt (8th in NSC, 15:15.1) is likely to be the first one through the chute for the Scouts, but will be followed by Ben Rosa, Eli Fietsam and Kyle Levin. Running on their home course, the Scouts have a chance to advance in to the IHSA Hoffman Estates Sectional field if they run well.
Come support the Scouts at 10 am on Saturday at West Campus.