Another historic meet in the making.
Palatine finally won a state meet championship after a storied history that rivaled York the past decade or so with so many 2nd place finishes, and other accomplishments like Steve Finley’s insanely epic sprint to the finish to defeat Ryan Craven, in one of the most if most important photo ever in Illinois HS XC and stacked race in state history. And the countless amount of all-staters, blowing away the rest of the other teams in the MSL, the most competitive confernce in Illinois.
Buffalo Grove took 5th in state after almost barely not qualifying to state in what would’ve been typical let down fashion in their school’s history. Today, Buffalo Grove took 5th, coming off an incredibly nerve racking wait for the results at the Schaumburg sectional. Buffalo Grove acheieved after 40 some odd years of qualifying for the state meet, one of the last MSL teams to do so, and considering Buffalo Grove’s feeder school, James Fenimore Cooper, is the York of middle school XC, for years and decades underacheiving(an understatement) and never amounting to anything in high school (a good example would be comparing York runners after they graduate and head off to college, the same arguement). Jamie Klotz taking over a decade or so ago as the head coach, started off with 12th out of 12, 11th place, 9 place, 10th place, 11th place, and only to start to move up in conference rankings to 3rd-7th the past 7-8 years.
This may seem irrelevant or very unknown news to all the other runners in the many many other conferences from the border of wisconsin down to the southern edwardsville conferences. It is no suprise Buffalo Grove and their results are an embarassing unknown team in the best conference in state, the MSL.
I do not want to take away what Palatine did today. I like most of you am a huge running nerd, when I graduated 5 years ago, throughout my high school career, I didn’t meet anybody who knew more than illinois XC than myself, other than coaches. Even after, and sometimes I didn’t keep the greatest contact with results and life after running was inescapable, I still followed almost religiously, but it gets harder once you move on, graduate and running becomes not even close to your priorities, let alone keeping up with a high school sport, as it seems almost juvenille. But many people, football players, not like it is in Texas, but still keep up and are in the know with what is happening with Illinois HS XC.
That last paragraph, kind of a rant, but I am trying to get at is with keeping up pretty well, knowing my stuff. I think I do have a valid arguement to say: what Buffalo Grove acheived today was the most important result and biggest story of the day in the entire state meet. We were the laughingstock of the MSL the past decade, incredible underacheivers, track was a different story, but runners from BG have been incredibly overwhelmed by all the other schools and it was unthinkable to us ex runners and current runners to think we could acheieve what happened today. I think what my alma matter did (and yes, I am completly aware of my bias, but I think I have a valid arguement) slightly overshadowed another completly historic day for another team. An inspiring story to all the schools who move up the past few years in the conference and inspiring to the rest. Go Bison and congrats to coach Jamie Klotz, one of the most intense coaches in the state of Illinois