Most athletes would be excited to finish 29th in the state as a junior, but for Illini West's Jacob Bryan, it wasn't exactly the fairy tale ending he had hoped for. The 2016 cross country season had been long and stressful, and after he finished, a deep sigh may have been more from relief of the roller-coaster season being over than the quality finish he achieved.
The time off might have been a blessing for Quincy High School junior Lydia Kurfman. She was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her foot halfway through the 2016 running season. The injury forced Kurfman to sit at a large chunk of the season and limited
Fiker Rosen has made quite an impression in AAU cross country circles. The eighth-grader at St. Peter in Quincy won the 13-14 national championship last year, and he defeated 82 runners to capture the 15-16 national championship on Saturday at McAlpine Park. In fact, Rosen's time of 15:48.1 was 24 seconds faster than anyone in the 15-16 race and seven seconds faster than the time posted by Caleb McCurdy, a high school senior who won the boys 17-18 race.