Monday Morning Finish Line – October 8, 2012

The goal for all cross country teams is to make it to Detweiller Park in Peoria for the IHSA state meet. It will all start this week as conference champs will be crowned throughout the state. (Photo Credit: Michael Newman)

Last Saturday marked the end of the regular season in cross country. Starting this week we enter championship season starting with the conference championships this week. Some teams took the week to rest. Some used different approaches in the way that they ran in the meets that they were entered in.

Here is a look at some of the meets that were contested over the weekend:

View the MONDAY MORNING FINISH LINE SHOW  (I had a little help with it this week).

Runnin’ Red Invitational @ Black Partridge Park, Metamora

Read David Cox’s recap HERE

Along with the recap, there are a few things that should be mentioned. The 2A Boys team competition has become a little more crowded with the reemergence of John Wold of Glenbard South. The junior has been out most of the year with a foot injury that has caused him to miss half the season. With him winning the race on Saturday, it should move the Raiders up in the ratings. Their split was 80 seconds but expect it to come down.

Wheeling Invitational @ Allstate Campus, Northbrook

The Boys race was without Jack Keelan of St. Ignatius who was involved in SAT testing. It was still an interesting race. Garrett Lee of Belvidere North had the best kick among him, his teammate Tyler Yunk and Highland Park’s Jonah Hanig. Lee won the race in 15:20 just ahead of Yunk (2nd) and Hanig (3rd) who were both given the same time one second behind Lee. Ryan Burgoon of Barrington finished in 4th (15:29).

2A #2 Belvidere North, behind the 1-2-5 finish of Lee, Yunk, and Paxson Menard, won the team competition with 45 points. 3A #18  Highland Park & 3A # 19 Lake Zurich finished 2nd and 3rd. The Blue Thunder won with a 48 second split on their first 5.

Lake Park & New Trier were entered in the Girls competition, but both teams decided to rest their top 7’s and gave some younger runners the experience to run in a big meet. 3A #8 Barrington took advantage by placing 5 runners in the first 15 to easily win the Girls team title 39-114 over St. Ignatius. New Trier’s JV squad placed third.

Freshman Lauren Conroy of Barrington won the individual race by 16 seconds over St. Viator’s Meghan Carroll.

West Aurora Stampede @ Marmion Academy, Aurora

Yorkville took control of both Boys and Girls races Saturday morning at Marmion Academy.

In the Girls Varsity race,  2A #1 Yorkville placed 4 runners in the first 8 to hold off 3A #24 Fremd 40-69. Yorkville freshman Skyler Bollinger was a 21 second winner over Torree Scull of St. Charles East.

Yorkville’s Boys team took the first 3 places and 5 in the first 14 to easily win the Varsity race 29-95 over Fremd. Brothers Jake & Luke Hoffert along with Zac Arcara captured the first three places for the Foxes.

Sterling Invitational @ Hoover Park

It was Iowa domination in both of the Varsity races Saturday.

Pleasant Valley IA placed 5 runners in the first 11 in the girls varsity race and easily won the team title with 33 points. Minooka (90), Bettendorf IA (104), 3A #15 Schaumburg (132), and 3A #23 Hofman Estates (134) were behind the Blue Line in 2-5 places. Pleasant Valley Freshman McKenzie Yanek won the individual race(17:34) by one second over Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg and Kelsey Schrader of DeKalb. Yanek’s time, however, did not have the fastest time in any of the three girls races. Victoria Clinton of Kaneland was moved to the Frosh/Soph level and easily won by over a ninute and half running 17:26.

Pleasant Valley also dominated the Boys Varsity race. Caleb Drake reversed the Richard Spring Invitational where Caleb Beck of Oswego just finished ahead of him. On Saturday it was Drake’s turn as he won (15:01) by 1 second over Beck. Their 8 second split on their 2-5 runners was the difference as they won 103 -135 over 2A #13 Dixon. Oswego (150), Minooka (153), and DeKalb (155) were close for 3rd through 5th.

One note about the team race: 1A # 6 Richmond-Burton showed that they belong in the team title competition in their class after they finished 8th in this meet team wise, 54 points ahead of 1A #2 Rock Island Alleman.

Jesse Hahne of Danville Schlarman on his way to a win at the Toledo Cumberland Invitational last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Beth Scheid)

Toledo Cumberland Invitational

Megan McNicholas continued to roll with her string of individual titles in 2012. The Rochester freshman garnered another winning the Toledo Cumberland Invitational by 12 seconds over Alyssa Pridemore of St. Joseph Ogden. 1A #3 Rochester placed 4 in the first nine while 1A #2 Monticello placed 4 in the first 6. It came down to the Rockets 14th place finish of Alison Noawkowski that gave Rochester a 9 point win over Monticello.

1A #5 Rochester ran a 49 second split off of the 5th place finish of Michael Gleason to win 67-79 over 1A #11 St. Joseph-Ogden. Jesse Hahne of Danville Schlarman cruised to a 34 second win (15:37) over Andrew Sharp of Altamont.

Chicago Marathon North Side / South Side Challenge (run on the last 2.62 of the Chicago Marathon).

2A #1 Jones College Prep turned their Sunday morning tempo run into a win Sunday morning in Chicago. The Eagles top 5 of Kirby Lawson, Peter Schaible, Luke O’Connor, Kyle Maloney, and Jamison Dale finished with the same time (13:15 for 2.62 miles) which was enough to hold off 3A #10 Sandburg 50-54. Sandburg’s Pat McMahon(13:07) & Chris Hogan (13:09 finished 1-2 individually.

3A #17 Geneva placed 5 in the first 8 to easily win the Girls portion of the race 28-64 over Sandburg. Carly Krull of Sandburg tuned up for the state series by winning the individual race by close to a minute over teammate Grace Foley (15:18-16:15).



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