After being forced to the sidelines for the entire spring track season of her junior year, Lake Forest Cross Coutnry’s Brett Chody is set to make her return to the course.
This Saturday when the Scouts take on Hinsdale Central at Katherine Legge Park in Hinsdale, the Scouts lineup will feature one of the state’s best distance runners for the first time since November 5th of 2016. That day, Chody turned in a performance that most runners would be proud of, but it was a race to forget for the competitive senior who turned 17 last week.
After posting a time of 17:50.7 in the 3 mile course at the Waukegan 3A Regional Championship a year ago–which earned her 6th place in that event–Chody fell back to 18:17.0 in the IHSA State Meet in early November, a far cry from her 17:26.0 personal record at Detweiler Park at the IHSA Championships the previous year.
Since then Chody has been anxiously awaiting her return and a chance to reclaim her reputation as one of the state’s premiere runners. This summer, she spent the entire three month break from school training in Crested Butte, Colorado at elevations between 7600 and 9600 feet per day with some of the most talented young runners in the world.
With her college decision looming in the future, Saturday’s race marks a new, important chapter in the return journey of one of Lake Forest High School’s most talented athletes.