It is late October and that means it is playoff time for the Evanston cross-country teams.

In the Central Suburban League Conference Invite on Oct. 17 at Glenbrook South, the Wildkits boys cross-country team placed tenth out of 12 teams. This was the last tournament before Regionals.

Head coach Don Michelin was hopeful the team as a whole would do well enough in the Regionals to qualify for the Sectionals, but said the bottom line is, “We need to bring the A-game. We’ve been bringing the B-game. We need everybody to compete a little better.”

At the Loyola Academy Regional at Harms Woods on Oct. 24, the boys team did not qualify for the Sectionals, but senior Alex Finnegan and junior Scott Klamm advanced and will represent the Kits in the Class 3A Sectionals at Niles West on Oct. 31.

Looking back on the season as a whole, Coach Michelin said, “We were a young team. I think we had an okay year. We just didn’t get enough running in during the summer.”

On the girls’ side, head coach Kathleen Weber said her team had a good year. “So far it’s been great. The girls have been enthusiastic and determined. It’s a pleasure to come out here and coach.”

The Kits girls cross-country team came in eighth in the Savage Invite hosted by Niles West on Oct. 3. In the season finale on Oct. 17 in the Central Suburban League Conference at Glenbrook South, they finished in ninth place.

Heading into Regionals, Coach Weber said, ” It will be tough, but we will give it our best. …Knowing that they ran hard all year, from August until now, [the hard work] will pay off.”

“If we qualify one or two [runners to move onto the Sectionals] we’d be ecstatic. We have a super tough Sectional, but we’re not afraid of the other teams. We’ll go out and give our best,” said Coach Weber.

At the Loyola Academy Regional at Harms Woods on Oct. 24, the girls exceeded expectations. The Kits team – seniors Marisa Weidner and Alyssa Singer, juniors Liz Sweeney, Seesha Takagishi, Rachel Blechman, and Carrie Tybout, and freshmen Rhiannon Flanagan-Rosari – placed fourth and will run in the Sectionals at Niles West on Oct. 31.

If all goes to plan, look for both the girls and boys to outrun the competition at Sectionals and be well represented in the state meet on Nov. 7 in Peoria.