McKenzie Altmayer, Geneva, Fr. Altmayer paced the Vikings sixth-place 3A state finishers with a 36th-place run in 17:27. "She's certainly a nice addition," coach Bob Thomson said, "but the addition of her along with everyone improving at the level they did was why we did so well."
Victoria Clinton, So. The Kane County Chronicle Runner of the Year captured the individual 2A state title in 16:56, trimming 30 seconds from her overall personal record in the process. Clinton leads a young core that helped the Knights to a sixth-place team finish.
Brooke Nusser, Geneva, So. Nusser's maturation alongside a handful of fellow experienced underclassmen stabilized the Vikings. The overall regional runner-up, she was the Vikings' second runner at sectionals state.
Ashley England, St. Charles North, Jr. England proved a consistent force throughout the fall and started the stretch run with a third-place finish at the UEC River meet. At the 3A state meet, she was 40th in 17:29 to key the North Stars' 17th-place team finish.
Torree Scull, St. Charles East, So. Scull turned in the area's best 3A state finish with a 31st-place run in 17:20. During the regular season, she grew into a leadership role and became more vocal around her senior-laden Saints teammates.
Brianna Bower, Kaneland, Fr.
Kathryn Adelman, Geneva, Jr.
Nina Olshever, St. Charles North, Fr.
Kate Roback, St. Francis, Sr.
Dakota Roman, Batavia, Fr.
Jenna DiValerio, St. Francis, Sr.
Sydney Geils, Geneva, Jr.
Sarah Hill, St. Charles East, Sr.
Kara Kalisz, Rosary, Sr.
Jenna Koerner, Aurora Central Catholic, Sr.
Aislinn Lodwig, Kaneland, So.
Nicole Lopez, St. Charles North, Sr.
Lexi Slome, Batavia, So.
Sydney Strang, Kaneland, Jr.
Rebecca Wert, Aurora Christian, So.
Kaylee Wessel, St. Charles North, Jr.
Kayla Wolf, Burlington Central, Sr.
COACH OF THE YEARDoug Ecker, Kaneland Before last season, the Knights had not advanced to the state tournament since 1992. The program since has gone firmly on the upswing, building on last year's eighth-place finish in 2A to take sixth in a packed field this fall. Kaneland was just eight points from third place. "I'm very proud of how consistent the girls were," Ecker said. "They seemed to run their better races towed the end of the season." The Knights captured a regional team title and were third at sectionals. Apart from Clinton's groundbreaking individual state crown, there was other good news in Peoria: Four of Kaneland's five state scorers will return in 2013.