ROCKTON- Taylor Frommer has been running in circles for years.
Now, she has a clear destination.
The Hononegah track/cross country star will be attending the University of Illinois-Chicago next fall, she recently decided.
Frommer, who has qualified for the IHSA Class 3A state meet in both sports, says the comfort level she felt at UIC helped her choose the school over Illinois State.
"I really liked the coach," Frommer said of Ashley Lucas. "When we went on our visit, she made a great first impression on me. She's new to the team and she already wants to do so much stuff. She's big into community service and is really working on building the team.
"I also really liked the city aspect of it. It kind of makes it seem like it's further away from home, even though it's not. I definitely wanted something that was close, and this is really easy because you can just hop on the train and come home. The team isn't that big, which means the coaches are really involved with you individually."
Frommer said she was also impressed with the facilities the school offers.
"They don't have their own track, but there is a college prep school called St. Ignatius that has a beautiful track and they use that," Frommer said. "They also have some indoor facilities that they use, and they have an olympic-size swimming pool that they use for cross-training, which is really nice. I really like it all."
Frommer said the school is flexible when it comes to exactly what she'll be running on the track side of the equation.
"They told me that it's my decision freshman year as far as what I want to experiment with," Frommer said. "So the mile, the 1500, the 800, I'll just try and see where I'll fit in. They think down the line I'll be better at doing the longer distances, and the coach said she sees a lot of potential in me for cross country, too."
Frommer has qualified for the state cross country meet in each of the last two years. This year, she's hoping to bring a few friends along with her.
The Hononegah girls cross country squad has never qualified for state as a team before. With a core of seven strong runners, it appears they have an excellent chance to do just that this season.
Frommer said the ability to work out with runners of advanced ability has helped everyone on the team.
"During practices we are all right there pushing each other, and we all have the same goal in mind," Frommer said. "I think everyone having that in their minds does make it easier. I know when I go out there, I'm not just running for myself, I'm running for the team. I know that all my teammates are right there behind me, and that's a really comforting feeling."
The Indians' next big meet is the NIC-10 meet, where they will attempt to dethrone Belvidere North, one of the state's top teams. The meet is scheduled for Saturday, October 13 at Jefferson High School, with sectionals set for October 20 at Rockford University.