All meets Saturday. Top five teams and top seven runners not on those teams advance to the state meet Nov. 4 at Detweiller Park. Runners finishing eighth, ninth or 10th overall and not on an advancing team also move on.
Where: Maple Lane Country Club
When: Girls 10 a.m., boys 11 a.m.
JS-area boys teams: Deer Creek-Mackinaw, Elmwood, El Paso-Gridley, Eureka, Farmington, Havana, Illini Central, Illini West, Knoxville, Macomb, Monmouth-Roseville, Olympia, Rushville-Industry, Tremont.
JS-area girls teams: Eureka, Olympia, Tremont, El Paso-Gridley, Elmwood, Macomb, Lewistown, Monmouth-Roseville, Farmington, Knoxville
JS-area individuals: Boys — Robbie Hess (jr., Lewistown); Andrew Powell (sr., Abingdon-Avon). Girls — Natalee Kern (fr., Abingdon-Avon), Krista Koke (fr., Havana), Mikayla Moore (sr., Deer Creek-Mackinaw), Tomi Sewell (fr., Illini Bluffs), Katie Springer (jr., Delavan), Angel Williams (sr., Havana).
Outlook: Second-ranked Elmwood and sixth-ranked Dee-Mack enter as regional champions on the boys side. Those two should battle third-ranked Athens for team honors. Individually, Athens sr. Wyatt McIntyre is the odds-on-favorite, with the Monticello duo of Alex Helmuth and Garrett Dixon in the mix. Regional champ No. 5 Monticello, seventh-ranked Eureka and ninth-ranked Williamsville among the teams to beat in the girls race. Individually, Emma Argo of Eureka and Veronica Hein of Decatur St. Teresa — the duo that went 1-2 at the Eureka Regional — are favored on the girls side.
Where: Oregon Park West
When: Girls 10 a.m., boys 11 a.m.
JS-area boys teams: Bureau Valley, Galva, Fieldcrest, Hall, Illinois Valley Central
JS-area girls teams: Annawan/Wethersfield, Bureau Valley, Illinois Valley Central, Lowpoint-Washburn/Roanoke-Benson, Princeton, Princeville, Stark County.
JS-area individuals: Boys — Cole Daily (fr., Princeville), Michael Dzierzynski (jr., Putnam County). Girls — Jenna Parente (jr., Hall), Sadie White (jr., Fieldcrest), Sydney White (jr., Fieldcrest)
Outlook: Second-ranked Rock Falls is the favorite in the girls team race, with No. 16 Johnsburg and No. 1 Annawan/Wethersfield challenging. The boys team race could come down to No. 5 Rockford Christian, No. 17 IVC and No. 18 Seneca. Individuals to watch on the boys side include Riley Wells and Brent Brunner of Rockford Christian, Christoper Collet of Seneca, Tim Bertulis of Johnsburg and Owen Habeger of IVC.
Where: Maxwell Park
When: Girls 10 a.m., boys 11:30 a.m.
JS-area boys teams: Dunlap, Notre Dame, Galesburg, Metamora, Richwoods, Washington.
JS-area girls teams: Canton, Dunlap, Galesburg, LaSalle-Peru, Metamora, Morton, Notre Dame, Washington.
JS-area individuals: Boys — Brock Hamm (fr., Limestone), Robbie Hess (jr., Lewistown); Sam Lange (so., Morton), Cole Leach (fr., Limestone), Kolby Miller (so., East Peoria), Andrew Powell (sr., Abingdon-Avon), Mark Skaggs (sr., East Peoria), Keaton Vandel (fr., East Peoria). Girls — Olivia Mansfield (sr., East Peoria), Jenna Mirande (sr., Limestone), Rileigh Fortune (fr., East Peoria), Aubrianna Osborne (jr., Limestone).
Outlook: Rugged sectional here, led by the state’s top two ranked teams on the boys side (No. 1 Normal U-High and Mahomet-Seymour) and No. 1 Dunlap on the girls side. Big 12 champ Bloomington could challenge on the boys side. Regional champ Notre Dame, as well as Metamora and Washington top area boys teams with hopes of getting to state. Individually, Jared Schuckman of U-High and Spencer Smith of Rock Island Alleman are favored in the boys race, along with Mahomet-Seymour’s Mathias Powell. Metamora so. Adam Gilbreath-Glaub, the Mid-Illini champion, did not participate in regionals because of a violation of school district rules, according to a statement from the Metamora school district. The girls race could come down to Dunlap teammates Campbell Peterson and Franny Verville, with the Urbana duo of Olivia Rosentein and Libby Cultra in the mix. Notre Dame and Washington looking to be among girls advancing teams.
AT GRANITE CITY
Where: Wilson Park
When: Girls 10:30 a.m., boys 11:30 a.m.
JS-area boys teams: none.
JS-area girls teams: Pekin
JS-area individuals: Boys — Brody Blackwell (jr., Pekin); Colton Dunkelbarger (sr., Pekin).
Outlook: Rugged sectional for Pekin in both races. Dunkelbarger, who missed qualifying for state by 0.6 seconds in 2015 and by about six seconds last year, is coming off a fourth-place finish at regionals (16:01). Blackwell was 21st in the regional (16:39). Paige Arseneau led the Pekin girls to a sixth-place team finish at regionals by placing ninth (19:06). Edwardsville and Yorkville are the boys teams favorites, Yorkville the girls favorite.