The DeKalb boys and girls cross country teams have changed classifications so many times in the past decade, it is hard for coach Mike Wolf to keep track.
Since the 2008-09 school year, the Barbs have switched between Class 2A and Class 3A, the largest class in the state for cross country, every season.
After running in 3A last season, the back-and-forth pattern continued when official IHSA classifications were released Tuesday as the Barbs will move down to 2A for the 2013 fall season.
“This is the sixth or seventh year we’ve gone back and forth,” Wolf said. “That’s a surprise to me. I thought after last year ... we would stay 3A.”
Outside of DeKalb’s cross country teams, Indian Creek girls volleyball was the only other local high school team to change classes from this past school year. The Timberwolves played in Class 2A in 2012, but will move back to 1A in 2013.
The cutoff for cross country was set at 1,674 students. DeKalb’s enrollment, according to the IHSA, is 1,671 students. The Barbs will be the second-largest school in 2A, behind only Rock Island.
In 2011, DeKalb’s girls cross country team qualified for the state meet by taking fifth in the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional. The Barbs were 10th in last year’s Class 3A St. Charles East Sectional as Kelsey Schrader, who will be entering her senior year, was DeKalb’s lone girls state qualifier. She took 10th in the 3A meet after finishing second in 2A as a sophomore in 2011. Her time from last season’s 3A meet would have won the 2A race.
“In 3A, there is so much depth on the team side,” Wolf said. “It maybe opens up the door a little bit for our teams. We’ve got a core group of four or five girls. On our guys’ side, we definitely graduated a lot of talent.”
The cutoff for girls volleyball Class 1A was 248 students, and Indian Creek was credited with an enrollment of 247, making it the largest school in the class for this upcoming season.
Classifications for football are determined at the end of the regular season, depending on the enrollments of the teams that qualify for the postseason.