Foxes compete in final NIB-12 Championship, continue success at meet

Sunday, October 14 2018 - Northern Illinois Big 12 Championship


After nine years, the Foxes will move to a new conference in 2019, as the Northern Illinois Big XII (NIB-12) will officially disband after the 2018 school year. After beginning with 12 schools in 2010 — DeKalb, Dixon, Geneseo, Kaneland, LaSalle-Peru, Morris, Ottawa, Rochelle, Sterling, Streator, Sycamore and Yorkville — the conference lost two, Dixon (Big Northern) and Streator (Interstate 8), after the 2013 school year.

The 10 remaining schools will join new conferences in 2019:

  • DeKalb: DuPage Valley Conference
  • Geneseo: Western Big 6
  • Kaneland: Interstate 8
  • LaSalle-Peru: Interstate 8
  • Morris: Interstate 8
  • Ottawa: Interstate 8
  • Rochelle: Interstate 8
  • Sterling: Western Big 6
  • Sycamore: Interstate 8
  • Yorkville: Southwest Prairie

In the NIB-12’s nine-year existence, YHS enjoyed its fair share of success during the cross country championship each October, with the girls winning eight conference team titles and the boys winning seven.

YHS Girls

Place

Points Scored

Individual Winner

Notes

2010

2nd

46

 

Dixon 1st, 40 pts

2011

1st

32

   

2012

1st

26

   

2013

1st

52

Skyler Bollinger

 

2014

1st

18

Skyler Bollinger

 

2015

1st

27

   

2016

1st

18

Nicole Greyer

 

2017

1st

23

Alyssa Edwards

 

2018

1st

18

Emily Eberhart

 

 

YHS Boys

Place

Points scored

Individual Winner

Notes

2010

1st

46

   

2011

1st

40

   

2012

1st

27

Jake Hoffert

 

2013

1st

36

Jake Hoffert

 

2014

1st

23

Jake Hoffert

 

2015

1st

37

   

2016

3rd

74

 

Sycamore 1st, 57;

Sterling 2nd, 72

2017

1st

47

   

2018

2nd

50

 

Kaneland 1st, 46

 

YHS cross country has been a dominating force in the NIB-12 since its inception, averaging the fewest team points over the nine-year period. Team scores sorted by average. The girls placed no lower than second (2010) and the boys no lower than third (2018; 2nd in 2016).

GIRLS

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

AVERAGE

Yorkville

46

32

26

52

18

27

18

23

18

29

Kaneland

97

61

65

66

78

68

60

80

96

75

Dixon*

40

101

145

112

         

100

Geneseo

108

142

129

125

111

102

153

95

92

117

DeKalb

95

72

98

105

199

178

153

89

75

118

Sterling

219

205

242

134

91

112

93

165

143

156

Syamore

127

136

129

148

214

219

240

150

135

166

LaSalle-Peru

271

337

209

179

94

146

185

192

224

204

Morris

270

237

259

290

172

137

152

209

209

215

Rochelle

194

208

230

354

215

240

177

171

206

222

Ottawa

244

291

255

244

208

195

152

248

210

227

Streator*

271

348

378

335

         

333



BOYS

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

AVERAGE

Yorkville

46

40

27

36

23

37

74

47

50

42

Dixon*

75

119

59

48

         

75

Kaneland

138

98

118

78

91

69

121

64

46

91

Syamore

134

116

128

111

128

87

57

69

67

100

DeKalb

125

94

80

208

168

134

80

72

56

113

Sterling

135

189

172

92

76

107

72

117

159

124

Geneseo

116

137

134

135

154

179

180

180

196

157

Morris

213

223

237

244

166

212

230

240

220

221

LaSalle-Peru

291

271

316

349

166

157

126

214

206

233

Ottawa

287

252

246

225

229

220

231

221

262

241

Rochelle

183

209

373

284

241

248

242

241

263

254

Streator*

284

350

357

348

         

335

*Dixon and Streator left after 2013

Also of note, YHS has won 14 of the 17 team championships at the freshman/sophomore level (2010 only contested girls JV), and 13 of the 18 open race team champions during the conference’s nine years. The girls and boys fr/so won in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, while the open girls won in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and boys open won in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

 

2018 NIB-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

FULL RESULTS | DATABASE RESULTS | PHOTOS

In the final conference championship on Oct. 13, 2018, the YHS boys were led by Ivan Westcott’s fourth-place finish in 16 minutes, 1.8 seconds. Ben Tholen (6th, 16:13) and Jackson Edwards (10th, 16:28) both earned All-Conference honors. Alex Loos (14th, 16:48), Austin Hunter (16:54), Corey Kramer (18th, 16:56) and Jack Stillmunkes (22nd, 17:00) filled out the varsity lineup that scored 50 points and placed second to Kaneland’s 46. DeKalb (56), Sycamore (67) and Sterling (159) rounded out the top five teams.

 

At the fr/so level, the Foxes placed four in the top 10 to win a close team battle. YHS scored 39 points behind Nick Clever’s (3rd, 17:18), Jack Brucher’s (5th, 17:22), Austin Popplewell’s (8th, 17:31) and Nathan Summers’ (10th, 17:34) top-10 finishes. Sycamore (41) and Geneseo (43) were second and third in the team battle.

 

In the open, Kaneland’s 45 points was too much for YHS (59). Hayden Reyes (8th, 18:28) and August Bruck (10th, 18:32) were able to crack the top 10.

 

The YHS girls secured its eighth-straight conference title in dominating fashion, placing all six of its runners in the top eight places to score 18 points. DeKalb was second with 75, followed by Geneseo (92), Kaneland (96) and Sycamore (135). Emily Eberhart earned the third-straight individual title for the YHS girls, clocking a 17:44.6. Helena Kleronomos (2nd, 17:49), Kailey Fox (3rd, 18:03), Sara Klemm (5th, 18:23), Hailey Simmons (7th, 18:55) and Sam Moreno (8th, 19:19) all earned All-Conference honors. Sycamore was second with 59, followed by Geneseo’s 86.

 

The fr/so girls scored a perfect score (15) behind Anna Hunter’s individual win in 19:15.7. Ana Penland (2nd, 19:47), Nicole Vergara (3rd, 19:53), Margaret Hunter (4th, 20:26), Kylie Regas (5th, 20:37) and Laura Taylor (6th, 21:14) all cracked the top 10.

The girls open racers secured the team title sweep for the Foxes girls team, winning with 29 points over Kaneland’s 56. Renee Niles (2nd, 21:22) led the way, followed by Victoria Crawford (4th, 22:07), Jinnaea Richardson (6th, 22:32) and Maggie Krider (7th, 22:32) in the top 10.

Up next, the varsity squad continues to the state series. They travel to Normal West Oct. 20 for the IHSA Regional meet, where the top six teams move on to the Quincy Sectional.