The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced Monday, 2019 that it is adding 13 individuals runners (8 boys, 5 girls), and one boys’ team (St. Viator), to its field of qualifiers for the 2019 IHSA Cross Country State Finals.

Per IHSA Policy, runners from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were not eligible to run in the Sectional races held on November 2, because they had been unable to participate in the Regional races (Oct. 25-26) due to a teacher strike. However, the Honorable Neil H. Cohen granted a Temporary Restraining Order on November 1 that allowed for CPS runners to compete in Sectionals on November 2. Thirteen individuals and one team from CPS high schools qualified for Saturday’s state meet. The runners and team that were displaced by CPS qualifiers will be added to the state final field.

The 2019 IHSA Cross Country State Finals will unfold at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

“After being granted an exemption to run by the courts, the CPS runners and team earned their places in the State Meet,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “However, given that they were not initially eligible to compete per IHSA rules, it seemed like a fair gesture to reward the individuals and team who lost their qualifier spots to them. We believe this is a fair recourse given the unique circumstances.”

Morrison’s Koby Brackemeyer will be competing in Peoria in the Class 1A field after qualifying last Saturday at sectionals