Brady Bobbitt, Marmion, Jr.
Part of a solid lead pack with teammates such as John Graft and Ethan Young throughout the season, Bobbitt helped the Cadets to a Suburban Christian Conference title. He set himself apart in the postseason, including a 15:28 effort at state that paced the area’s 3A field.
Kyle Carter, Kaneland, Sr.
Overcoming a July stress fracture that allowed him a mere six weeks of running, Carter again became the Knights’ No. 1 runner as the team earned a berth to the 2A state meet. “In just six weeks, to go back to the front of our pack speaks volumes for his talent and dedication,” coach Chad Clarey said.
Wal Khat, Mooseheart, Sr.
Trailblazing runner enjoyed a masterful state series Wal-to-Wal, winning a 1A regional (15:19) and sectional (16:41) before finishing fourth in the state meet in 15:09. He was Mooseheart’s first all-state runner a year ago; now, he’s the school’s first top-five finisher.
Max Rowland, St. Charles East, Sr.
East’s first state qualifier since 2004 earned top-five finishes at the Upstate Eight Conference River Division and regional meets before placing in the top 10 at sectionals. His time of 15:08 earlier this season ranks in the top 10 in school history.
Mitch Zabka, Batavia, Sr.
The Kane County Chronicle Runner of the Year was the most consistent athlete for a program that advanced to the Class 3A state meet as a team for the first time in school history. His victory lap of college visits included a recent trip to NCAA Division I Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn.
John Graft, Marmion, Sr.
Nathaniel Kucera, Kaneland, Sr.
Brandon Lach, Wheaton Academy, Jr.
Clay Musial, Burlington Central, Jr.
Ryan Wieties, Batavia, Jr.
Blaine Bartel, Geneva, Sr.
Ryan Bower, Kaneland, Sr.
Dan Dudman, Geneva, Sr.
Mike Gerkin, St. Charles East, So.
Tanner Chada, Aurora Christian, Fr.
Andrew Hallet, St. Francis, Sr.
Kevin Davis, St. Charles North, Sr.
Nathan Klair, St. Charles North, Sr.
Javier Montelongo, Aurora Central Catholic, Sr.
Chris Orlow, Batavia, Sr.
Jacob Robleski, Wheaton Academy, So.
Mark Sciurba, St. Charles East, So.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike DiDomenico, Batavia
Visiting family in New Zealand until December, DiDomenico reached a locale equally exotic to his career path earlier this month, as the Bulldogs advanced to the 3A state meet at Peoria’s Detweiller Park for the first time. “Coach D,” as he’s well-known, took the reins of the program in 1980 and will step away after this season. “You remember a few things in your life, you know. There’s some special moments in your life,” DiDomenico said. “And this is obviously going to be one of them.” DiDomenico plans to remain as a track assistant during the spring.
– Kevin Druley, firstname.lastname@example.org