In the past, Illinois has had many notable participants in the meet. The meet has featured various Olympians, such as Bob Kennedy, Brian Detmer, and Jorge Torres. In the prior 30 years, the men of Illinois have won four times (1992, 1995, 1996, and 2008) and the women have won once (2009).
Many athletes who represent Team Illinois go on to run in college and become teammates at their school of choice, or compete against one another in various meets. The experience truly mirrors what competing on a college team is like, and it’s a great opportunity to experience while in high school. Participating in the Mid-East Cross Country Meet is also a recruiting opportunity. Many college coaches stop through Ohio on their way to the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Once there, we check into the hotel and head to the course for a pre-meet practice. We review the course and allow athletes their traditional warm-up.
Following practice, we return to the hotel, where we have dinner delivered and spend some time socializing as a team.
The race takes place Saturday morning, after which there is a banquet and awards ceremony.
We typically leave to return to Illinois around 1:00 pm.
You will be issued a Team Illinois uniform for the race. While the uniform will have to be returned, you will get to take home some merchandise, varying from t-shirts to spike bags.
If you have any questions, please email Jim Milner at email@example.com.
6:30 am Depart for Ohio
9:30 am Pick up athletes outside of Indy
11:00 am Stop for lunch along the way
1:00-1:30 pm Arrive at Hotel
2:00 pm-3:30 pm Practice at the race course
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Dinner at the Hotel
7:00 pm-9:30 pm Team Illinois Social
9:30 pm Team Meeting
10:00 pm All athletes in their rooms
10:30 pm Lights out
7:30 am Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 am Leave for course
10:30 am Official team photo at start line
11:00 am Girls Race
11:30 am Boys Race
12:30 pm Banquet and awards ceremony
2:00-2:30 pm Leave for Illinois
6:30-7:00 pm Arrive at Hinsdale Oasis