Category Archives: Saturday Updates
Here is a recap of the Falcon Classic hosted by Wheaton North. Read it here.
Here is also a video of the interview that we did with York’s Emma Fisher after her 3rd place finish at Wheaton North. View it HERE
View the Monday Morning Finish Line Show HERE.
Some of the other action across the state:
Locktoberfest Invitational @ Dellwood Park, Lockport IL
In this boys only meet, #5 Lyons Township once again demonstrated their pack running by easily defeating #3 Neuqua Valley 58-100. Neuqua was without their top 2 runners Alekh Meka and Nick Bushelle. Lyons ran 5 runners in the first 16 led by the 6th place finish of Mike Matusiak. #12 Hinsdale Central finished 3rd with 128 points; #7 Plainfield South was next with 150 points; then #4 Naperville North and #25 Wheaton North finished with 157 points.
In the individual race, Zack Smith of Downers Grove North broke away from the pack and won in 15:37. Dan Lathrop of Plainfield South and Steven Salvano of Buffalo Grove finished 2-3.
Roy Griak Invitational @ Minneapolis MN
#2 Naperville North Girl’s team made their first trip up to this invitational and it paid off. The Huskies won the Girls race 151-171 over Redondo Union CA. Maria McDaniel finished seventh overall.
2A #11 Dixon ran in the Boys race and finished 17th. Simon Thorpe finished 43rd to lead the Dukes.
Peoria Invitational @ Detweiller Park
#9 Prospect won the boys team competition by running 3 runners in the first 21. Their 134 points out distanced #14 Sandburg by 14 points. Unrated Edwardsville finished 3rd while York’s JV squad was 4th. Quentin Shaffer of Prospect put his name on the map as an individual to watch for at state in November. He won the individual race in 14:28. Jake Brown of 1A Mt. Zion showed that he will challenge Beecher’s Grant Nykaza by running 14:38 to finish 2nd.
#7 Downers Grove South dominated the Girls team competition winning with 69 points. The Lady Mustangs had 5 runners in the first 21 with a 32 second split. Unrated Mundelein finished 2nd with #12 Prospect and #23 Hoffman Estates close behind. In a tight individual race, Sophomore Lauren Opatrny of McHenry broke away at the end of the race to win by 5 seconds over Fenwick’s Olivia Ryan and 7 over Galesburg’s Stephanie Saey.
Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational @ Montrose Harbor, Chicago
Grant Nykaza of Beecher made a verbal commitment to Florida Sate University after taking a visit there last week. He celebrated in style on Saturday at the Sean Earl Invitational on the Chicago Lakefront by running away from the competition to easily win the Boys individual race. He covered the 5k course in 15:23; 23 seconds ahead of Glenbard South’s Joe Singleton. #15 New Trier exhibited strong pack running again by placing 4 runners in the first 17 led by the 7th place finish of Ethan Kaplan. It was enough to hold off Lane Tech to win the team title by 7 seconds. Dublin Jerome HS from Ohio finished 3rd.
Annie Heffernan of Cincinnati St. Ursula HS is one of the top runners in Ohio. She demonstrated her talent on the course Saturday by destrying the field in winning the race by 55 seconds; her winning time was 18:08. Erin Schrobilgen of Oak Park-River Forest & Sarah Curci of Chicago University finished 2nd and third. Unrated Minooka won the Girls Team title by running 5 in the first 21 and scoring 78 points. #18 Fremd and 2A #7 Montini finished 2nd and 3rd.
Pat Savage Invitational @ Niles West, Skokie
This meet tends to be a preview for some teams that run the sectional here. Jack Keelan of St. Ignatius took full advantage of the opportunity. He cruised to a 38 second win over Highland Park’s Angel Herrera running 14:59 for the 3 mile layout on Niles West’s campus. #23 Lake Park rebounded from a subpar performance last week in Wisconsin by running a 30 second split on 5 to defeat #10 Highland Park 57-67. Oak Park-River Forest finished 3rd.
Maura Beattie of Woodstock won the Girls Individual Race by 21 seconds over St. Viator’s Hanna Winter. Beattie’s winning time was 18:22. Winter, along with the 3rd place finish of teammate Megan Carroll, led 2A #9 St. Viator to a 74-111 win over Chicago Northside Prep.
St. Charles North Invitational @ Leroy Oakes FP
In the girls competition, #9 St. Charles North’s 3rd and 5th place finish from Ashley England and Kaylle Wessel was enough to hold of #21 Geneva’s tight 36 second split to win the team competition by 1 point; 46-47. Kendall Cast of Metea Valley won the individual race
2A #1 Jones College Prep did not run all of their top 5 in the Boys Varsity race. They did run Jamison Dale, who battled Micah Beller of Niles North the entire race. Beller nipped Dale at the finish line to win by two tenths of a second. Paced by Beller’s win and a 56 second split, the Vikings won the team title 63-100 over Wheaton-Warrenville South.
Jacksonville Invitational @ Community Park, Jacksonville
1A #3 Rochester won 6 of 7 flights to easily win the Jacksonville Invitational girls meet. Dunlap finished 2nd. In the Championship flight, Megan McNicholas of Rochester won on the 2.9 mile course running 17:36. Her margin of victory over Canton’s Madison Lefler was 28 seconds.
2A #14 Dunlap won 4 of the 7 flights on the Boys meet to hold off 1A #6 Rochester by 5 points. Zach Plank of Dunlap won the championship flight race by 17 seconds over Chad French of Canton.
Pretzel Invitational @ Freeport
Victoria Clinton of Kaneland demonstrated why she is one of the top runners in 2A. She won the girls race by 82 seconds over Winnebago’s Cheyenne Moore. Her winning time was 17:18 on the 3 mile course. 2A #5 Kaneland placed 3 runners in the first 5 to hold off 1A #5 Rock Falls & 1A #6 Winnebago to win the girls team title 35-56-63.
Kyle Carter of Kaneland battled Jason Reynolds of Rockford Jefferson by pulling away to win the Boys individual race by six seconds. The Kaneland junior’s time was 15:23. His teammated Conor Johnson finished 3rd. The #11 Knights placed 7 in the first 15 to win the team crown 31-60 over Rockford Jefferson.
Pat Harland Invitational @ Fox River Park, Wilmot WI.
Katie Adams of Marengo again proved that she will be one of the favorites in the Girls 2A state race. She won Saturday on a hilly Fox River Park running 5k in 17:41. Her nearest completion, Laura Van Vliebergen of Jacobs, was 47 seconds back. 3A #15 Jacobs won a close team battle over 2A #2 Marengo 36-46.
Alex Baker of Crystal Lake Central ran away in the last mile to win the boys individual crown over Billy Bund of Lake Forest by 12 seconds. Baker’s time was 15:32.2A #4 Crystal Lake Central’s 8 second split on their 2-5 runners was enough to win the team title 45 -68 over 3A #19 Jacobs 45-68.
* Courtney Ackerman of New Trier breaks away from the pack at the mile and holds on to win the championship flight of the Falcon Classic. Carly Krull of Sandburg outkicks Emma Fisher of York for 2nd. Kaylee Flanagan oof Lake Park finishes 12th.
*EXTREMELY TIGHT TEAM FINISH*
Only 4 points seperate the top 4 teams. #5 New Trier wins with 31; #1 Glenbard West 32; WI #3 Neenah 33; WI #1 Arrowhead 34.
Recap and results upcoming!
Peoria Central Invitational
* Quentin Schaefer of Prospect wins the Boys Individual Race in 14:28 !!! Jake Brown of Mt. Zion 2nd 14:38.
* #10 Prospect wins Boys Team title 134-148 over #14 Sandburg.
*Lauren Optrnay of McHenry wins Girls Individual Race 17:23 – 17:28 over Fenwick’s Olivia Ryan
* #7 Downers Grove South wins Girls Team Title 69-162 over Mundelein.
Palatine Invitational Meet Of Champions
* Kentucky schools dominate team races. Assumption runs a 43 split and a 2-3 finish to score 50 points. #3 Lake Park 2nd with 112; #4 Palatine 3rd with 132.
* Kaylee Flanigan of Lake Park breaks her own course record by 2 seconds running 16:49.0
*St. Xavier KY puts 5 in the top 26 to win Boys team title; 3A #1 York 2nd with 96; Jones College Prep 3rd with 97 points.
* Grant Nykaza of Beecher kicks down Jack Keelan of St. Ignatius. Nykaza’s time 14:36.4; Keelan 14:37.0. Nykaza misses Jack Driggs’ course record by 3 seconds.
Charger Classic @ Aurora Central Catholic
* HUGE upsets in the Boys Race – Charles Thornton of Oswego East wins Boys Varsity individual race in 14:41; Jake Hoffert of Yorkville 2nd;
* 2A #9 Normal U-High upsets #3 Yorkville 103-106 to win team title.
* Stephanie Jenks, freshman at Linn Marr HS IA, sizzles an incredible 16:17.9 to win the Girls varsity race by 43 seconds over Yorkville’s Skylar Bollinger.
* Yorkville wins the Girls Team Title 69-86 over Linn-Marr IA.
MORE TO COME !!!!!!
Naperville, Ill— The steady rain that fell at DuPage River Park on Friday afternoon bothered the spectators that were watching the Naperville North Girls Invitational.
It did not bother the #2 Huskies or Carly Krull of Sandburg. Both stormed to convincing wins in both the team and the individual competitions.
Krull hung off the pace that Naperville North’s Elly DeTurris set early on, then took off a little past the mile in route to a win and winning time of 17:11. The time was excellent considering the deteriorating conditions. DeTurris finished 22 seconds behind Krull in 2nd place.
Naperville North was without #3 runner Kimber Meyer, who stepped in a hole during a workout this week and had a slightly sprained ankle according to Coach Dan Iverson. Why risk running her on a rugged course such as the DuPage River Park layout. They still had 4 runners in the first 6 led by DeTurris and the 3rd place finish of Maria McDaniel.
“I thought we ran really well. I was very pleased,” said Iverson after the race. “It was interesting to see Alex Moton (5th place, 18:16) and how she stepped up like she did.”
For this deep Huskies team, it was just another checkpoint. Next week, Iverson’s squad splits up. The top runners will head to the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis while the next 7 runners will run in the Wheaton North Classic at St. James Farm. With this many quality runners on the team, it gives Iverson a chance to evaluate his talent in two high quality meets.
“The Griak will be a different course with different competition,” added Iverson. “We are not trying to duck competition here. We will still send a team to the flight meet. We have some good depth this season and we will see how we do there. We have a lot of decisions still to make in the new few weeks.”
Great action throughout the state this weekend highlighted by Kaylee Flanagan’s record run at Detweiller Park.
View the Monday Morning Finish Line here.
Other highlights throughout the state:
Kaneland Eddington Invitational – Katie Adams of Marengo showed that she will be the runner to beat in Girls 2A when she defeated defending state champion Sami Staples of Crystal Lake Central at this meet at Elburn Woods in Elburn. Adams won the race in 17:53 with Staples second in 18:05. Jacobs, behind the 4th place finish of Laura VanVliebergen, won the team title by 20 points over Marengo 73-93.
On the boys side, Crystal Lake Central’s took control of the race early and rolled to a 26 second victory of Marc Dubrick of DeKalb. Crystal Lake Central took the team title 61-91 over Jacobs.
Minooka Flighted Invitational – Yorkville’s Boys easily win the team title with 11 points. Lyons Township held out some of their top runners and finished 2nd.
In the championship flight race, Joey Santillo of host Minooka won the race by 1 second over Joe Singleton of Glenbard South.
Wheaton Warrenville South won the girls team title 12 -18 over 2A #1 Yorkville. Skyler Bollinger of Yorkville won the individual race in 17:20. Haley Verbeke of Moline was second.
Libertyville Invitational – Courtney Ackerman of New Trier cruised to a 22 second victory over teammate Mimi Smith. Prospect used a tight pack in defeating the #4 Trevians, who were without #3 runner Jessica Ackerman, 40-45.
Quentin Shaffer of Prospect led his team to a team title 53-60 over Highland Park. Shaffer won the individual race by 4 seconds over Highland Park’s Jonah Hanig.
Warren Invitational – Martin Martinez of Warren defended his home turf by winning the Warren Blue Devil Invitational by one second over James Fredrickson of Racine Case WI. Warren won the Boys Team title 77-94 over Glenbrook South.
Kaitlyn Ko, a freshman from Buffalo Grove, won the Girls individual race by 8 seconds over Kelly Breen of Conant. Fremd won the team title 68-77 over Mundelein.
Connelly-Polka Invitational – Jack Keelan of St. Ignatius moved away from the pack in the last mile to win this invitational Saturday at Turtlehead Lake. St. Ignatius took the 4 places to easily win the team title.
Olivia Ryan of Fenwick won the Girls race by 28 seconds over Sarah Curci of Chicago University. St. Ignatius put 5 runners in the first 10 to win the Girls title over Fenwick.
Tuscola Invitational – Jess Clarke of Downs Tri Valley won the Girls individual crown by 40 seconds over teammate Athena Culb. Monticello packed it up to win the Girls Team crown 31-52 over Tri Valley.
Andrew Hanselman of Monticello ran away with a 14 second win in the Boys race. Peter Keller of Effingham St. Anthony held off Shelbyville’s Peter Kramer for third. Shelbyville won the team title 43 -61 over Monticello by putting 5 runners in the first 15.
Bureau Valley Invitational – Rock Falls dominated the girls team race witha 47 second split and placing 3 runners in the first 10. They won 64-127 over Elmwood Brimfield. Regan Weidner of host Bureau Valley won the individual race by 12 seconds over Chloe Marshinski of Westmont.
Paced by the individual win of Ethan Adlifinger, Rock Island Alleman won the team title 74-120 over Sterling Newman. Elmwood-Brimfield placed third.
Edwardsville Invitational – Sophia Racette of Nenix Hill MO won the individual race by over 30 seconds to Savannah Ames of Belleville Althoff. Racette’s win led Nenix Hill to the team title over host Edwardsville. Sam Welbourne of Jersey won the Boys individual race by 6 seconds over Kirk Smith of John Burroughs MO. Host Edwardsville won the team title 57-89 over Timberland MO.
Olney Invitational – Riley McInerney of Chrleston dominated the Boys individual race winning by 27 seconds over Blake Hale of Robinson. Mt. Vernon won the Boys team title. Freshman Mercedes Elliott of Danville won the Girls Individual Race. Mattoon won the Girls team title 59-111 over Breese Mater Dei.
Dunlap Invitational – Morton wins the Girls Team title over Dunlap. Stephanie Saey won the Girls individual race. Host Dunlap placed 5 in the first 11 to win the Boys team title. Zach Plank of Dunlap ran 15:11 for 2.94 miles to win the indiviual race by 35 seconds over Connor Ehnle of Tremont.
David Brady Argo Invitational – Lincoln-Way Central swept both the Boys and Girls team titles at this meet at Bullfrog Lake. They also swept the individual crowns; Mallory Johnson ran 18:44 for 2.9 miles to win the Girls race; Chris Kaminski captured the Boys title.
Kevin Keogh Invitational – Host Downers Grove South packed it up in the Girls race placing 7 in the first 11 to win the team title. Kendall Cast of Metea Valley won the individual race in 17:52, 10 seconds ahead of Amanda Thate of Downers Grove South. Matt Stern and Ethan Brodeur finished 1-2 to lead Naperville Central to a 25-87 win over East Aurora.
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COMING UP THIS WEEK
* Dyestat State Ratings
* Dyestat Sectional Ratings
* Illinois XC Coaches Poll
* Analysis of the top 25 teams in all classes Boys and Girls
Richard Spring Invitational
* Kaylee Flanagan of Lake Park sets new Detweiller Park course record to win Girls Varsity Race…..16:20.3!!!! Old Record – Kayla Beattie, Woodstock, IHSA Girls 2A State Meet 2010. Madeline Perez of Glenbard West finishes 2nd in 16:29 !!!
* #1 Glenbard West wins Girls Varsity team title 115-142 over Lake Park / Palatine (Lake Park gets 2nd due to better 6th runner). Average team time for Glenbard West was 17:35.
* Garrett Lee of Belvidere North outkicks Patrick Perrier of O’Fallon to win the Boys Varsity race 14:27 – 14:28. Tyler Yunk of Belvidere North was third (14:36).
* #1 York dominates Boys Varsity Race. Kyle Mattes (6th), Alex Mimlitz (7th), and Chris May (8th) lead the Dukes to a 34 second 1-5 split and the team championship. #2 O’Fallon was 2nd (172), 2A #2 Belvidere North was 3rd (184), and #7 Palatine finished 4th (215).
The first of the 3 seasonal xc invitationals at Detweiller Park was held on Saturday. The First to the Finish Invitational (fromally the Peoria Woodruff Invitational) gave fans a preview of what we might see in November at the state meet.
NOTE: There was a error in the Boys 1A Results. Two runners from Rockford Lutheran accidentally finished early and were added in the score. Officials from Rockford Lutheran contacted the meet managers to inform them of the mistake. The team places were not changed for the top 8 teams, but the scores were.
From the Lake Park Lancer Invitational at Lake Park
Kaylee Flanagan of Lake Park runs 16:27 for 3 miles to win girls race!
Lake Park takes the Girls team title 61-69 over 3A #1 Glenbard West.
Garrett Lee runs 14:40 to lead 1-2-3 sweep for 2A #2 Belvidere North; The Blue Thunder take the team title 61-74 over 2A #6 Deerfield; 3A #23 Lake Park finishes third two points behind Deerfield.
FTTF Invitational @ Detweiller Park:
1A Girls – Decatur St. Teresa wins the team title 55-89. Meghan McNicholas of Rochester wins individual race in 18:11 by 15 seconds!
1A Boys – Grant Nykaza sizles a 14:40 to win Boys individual crown; #19 Winnebago upsets field to win team title over #3 Rock Island Alleman 153-163!
2A Girls – #2 Yorkville wins team title 75-81 over #6 Normal University. Katie Adams of Marengo wins the individual race in 17:03, 14 seconds ahead of Yorkville’s Skyler Bollinger.
2A Boys – #3 Yorkville wins team title 88-142 over #4 Normal University. Charleston’s Riley McInerney wins the individual title in 14:53.
3A Girls – Courtney Ackerman of New Trier wins the individual race in 16:45, 30 seconds ahead of Hinsdale Central’s Jill Hardies. #5 Naperville North places 5 in the first 23 to win the team title with 59 points, 28 ahead of #2 New Trier.
3A Boys – Jack Keelan made a surge stick in the back triangle and went on to run 14:35 to win by 21 seconds over Minooka’s Joey Santillo. #5 Neuqua Valley, without #1 runner Alekh Meka, runs a 23 second split to upend #3 Lyons Township 112 – 135. Lyons 5 man split was 25 seconds.
Recaps of all 6 races Sunday afternoon!
Forest Park Festival @ Forest Park, St. Louis MO
Boys Green Race: Noah Kaupilla (Marquette MO) wins individual race in 15:18 5k; O’Fallon’s pair Patrick Perrier (15:24) & Alex Riba (15:25) 2-3. #3A #2 O’Fallon wins the team title 66-141 over Rock Bridge MO.
Girls Green Race: 3A #11 O’Fallon Finishes 5th in the team 178 points; Lee’s Summit West wins with 139 points; Top finisher for O’Fallon was Samantha Lapp (23rd overall). Individual Race winner was Freshman Taylor Werner (Ste. Genievieve MO) 16:59; Hannah Long (Eureka MO) 2nd 17:07.
Recap of the O’Fallon race on Sunday afternoon!
Wauconda Invitational @ Lakewood Forest Preserve:
2A #1 Crystal Lake Central defeats #3 Kaneland 86-111 to win girls team title; Sami Staples of CLC wins individual race.
2A #7 Crystal Lake Central wins boys team title; Jesse Reiser of McHenry wins Boys varsity race.
Lee Halberg Lanphier Invitational @ Lincoln Park, Springfield
Carly Pedersen of Normal Community runs to a 32 second win over Mahomet-Seymour Freshman Lauren Whitehouse (18:21 – 18:53). 2A #13 Springfield wins the girls team title with 69 points. Their 1-5 split was 36 seconds.
Jonathan Schaap of Mahomet-Seymour outkicks Chatham Glenwood’s Marc Maton to win by 2 seconds (15:24-15:26). #8 Springfield holds off #13 Mahomet-Seymour 43-49. Springfield’s split was 19 seconds for their first 5.
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