Boys' cross-country '09: Coaches speak out

Coaches corner (boys)

For the first time, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted every boys' cross-country coach from conferences in our area for their thoughts on the upcoming season. Here they are, league by league:

BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Preseason Coaches Poll

(100 points maximum; first-place votes in parenthesis)

SCHOOL POINTS

1. Normal West (9) 99

2. Bloomington 80

3. Normal Community (1) 78

4. Centennial 74

5. Danville 64

6. Champaign Central 45

7. Decatur Eisenhower 37

8. Mattoon 34

9. Decatur MacArthur 24

10. Urbana 15

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Drew Kerschieter, Normal W. 9

Ryan Root, Centennial 1

 

CORN BELT CONFERENCE

(64 points maximum; first-place votes in parenthesis)

SCHOOL POINTS

1. Normal U-High (7) 63

2. Bloomington CC (1) 50

3. Mahomet-Seymour 49

4. Olympia 40

5. Eureka 35

6. Pontiac 19

6. Rantoul 18

8. Prairie Central 14

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

James Clay, Normal U-High 8

 

OKAW VALLEY CONFERENCE

(100 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

1. Shelbyville (8) 97

2. (tie) Monticello (1) 80

2. (tie) St. Teresa 80

4. Unity 70

5. Sullivan/Okaw Valley 59

6. Maroa-Forsyth/W-L 46

7. Central A&M 36

8. Clinton 33

9. Argenta-Oreana 29

10. Tuscola 20

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Jeremy Reel, Shelbyville 7

Clayton Baker, Shelbyville 3

 

SANGAMON VALLEY

(16 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

1. St. Joseph-Ogden (4) 16

2. St. Thomas More 9

3. Paxton-Buckley-Loda 8

4. Clifton Central 7

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Tom Pacey, PBL 3

Jeremy Weber, Clifton Central 1

 

VERMILION VALLEY

(36 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

1. G-RF/Chrisman (4) 34

2. Oakwood/A-P (2) 32

3. Bismarck-Henning 24

4. Hoopeston Area 18

5. Salt Fork/Westville 12

6. Schlarman 6

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Matt Avenatti, G-RF/Chrisman 5

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