It isn't often that a cross-country meet in November commands as much attention as the state football playoff. But Saturday in Peoria is one of those times. The 38-year-old state record of legendary runner Craig Virgin will be at stake at Detweiler Park and Sandburg's Lukas Verzbicas could surpass it. But can he beat York's Jack Driggs?
Virgin, who set a national record in the 3,200 the following spring at the All-American meet at Prospect, won the state cross-country title in 13:50.6 in 1972. Last year, Verzbicas won the event in 14:07 while York's Andrew Smith and Driggs were next at 14:28.
For his part, Virgin wishes Verzbicas good luck in his quest to set a new standard. "If he is healthy, he will take a good shot at it. He was on track for half the race last year before fading slightly in the second half," Virgin said.