Girls' cross-country '09: Coaches speak out

Coaches corner (girls)

For the first time, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted every girls' 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 (6) 95

2. Normal Community (4) 91

3. Urbana 76

4. Centennial 74

5. Bloomington 58

5. Decatur Eisenhower 52

7. Mattoon 40

8. Danville 32

9. Champaign Central 22

10. Decatur MacArthur 10

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Marie O'Leary, Normal C. 8

Neli Crawford, Centennial 2

 

CORN BELT CONFERENCE

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

SCHOOL POINTS

1. Bloomington CC (3) 56

2. Mahomet-Seymour (3) 55

3. Eureka (1) 46

4. Normal U-High 42

5. Olympia (1) 31

6. Prairie Central 26

7. Pontiac 22

8. Rantoul 10

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Kelly Curran, BCC 6

Brittany Bohn, Mahomet-S. 1

Emily Clay, Normal U-High 1

 

OKAW VALLEY CONFERENCE

(100 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

1. St. Teresa (8) 97

2. Shelbyville (2) 83

3. Monticello 70

4. Maroa-Forsyth/W-L 66

5. Central A&M 59

6. Unity 57

7. Argenta-Oreana 35

8. Sullivan/Okaw Valley 33

9. Clinton 28

10. Tuscola 22

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Haley Briggs, Argenta-Oreana 9

Katelyn Duckett, Shelbyville 2

Kelsey Hardimon, Monticello 1

Ashley Livingood, Maroa-F. 1

Grace McCormack, St. Teresa 1

 

SANGAMON VALLEY

(16 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

1. St. Joseph-Ogden (4) 16

2. St. Thomas More 12

3. (tie) Clifton Central 6

3. (tie) Paxton-Buckley-Loda 6

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Chelsea Blaase, SJ-O 2

Sidney Long, SJ-O 1

 

VERMILION VALLEY

(36 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

1. Hoopeston Area (3) 32

2. Oakwood/A-P (2) 30

3. Bismarck-Henning (1) 28

4. G-RF/Chrisman 15

5. Salt Fork/Westville 13

6. Schlarman 8

TOP RETURNING RUNNER

RUNNER, SCHOOL VOTES

Belinda Cohen, Hoopeston Area 5

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