Cavaliers continue strong cross country showing
Carlinville High School coach cross-country coach Charlie Helton was very pleased with his team’s latest performance Saturday at the ultra tough Tuscola Invitational.
Both Carlinville teams finished third and were led by a pair of top five finishers and seven who finished in the top 30.
“Our athletes ran superb,” Helton said. “Very impressive effort out of all of our runners. Last year at this time we were dreaming about competing with these teams at these meets, and now we are placing third in a field with the two two rated boys teams in the state in Class A.”
The Cavaliers brought home eight trophies and eight medals from the meet.
Cory Landon’s fourth place finish led the Carlinville boys as they finished third as a team.
Tonlo Unity had five of the top seven runners in the meet and won with 22 points. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (87) and Carlinville (88) were second and third. The Cavies had four in the top 25.
Landon’s time of 15:44 was good for fourth place. Unity’s Andrew Warnes won in a time of 15:28, followed by Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s Nick Porter at 15:34.
Nolan Kreipe finished 11th for the Cavalies at 16:26 and Jason Landon was 18th at 17:03. Charles Helton IV finished 26th overall (24th adjusted) with a time of 17:20.
Samuel Mock was 34th at 17:50; Jacob Landon 18:08; Grayson Armour 18:12; Bailey Lippold 18:41; Seth Evans 20:32; Jack Kufa 21:41; Keith Frye 24:27.
There were 19 boys teams and 196 runners who competed in the race.
Carlinville’s girls team also had a strong race, finishing third as a team at Tuscola.
Of the 16 teams competing, only Urbana University with 41 points and Tolono Unity with 44 points had fewer points than the Cavaliers, who were third with 106 points.
Colleen Madden finished in fifth place overall at 19:36. Anna Sophia Keller of Effingham St. Anthony was the meet winner in 17:17, followed by Urbana University’s Arielle Summitt at 18:27.
Jacey Roper was 12th for Carlinville at 20:13 and teammate Madelynn Williams was 25th (24th adjusted) with a time of 21:08. Stasia Nejmanowski was 37th at 21:57 and Ryleigh Gibbel was 40th at 22:06.
Other Cavies results included Justice Brock 24:45; Bailey Cox 25:04; Rachel Strubbe 26:15; and Abby Fleischer 34:40.
Next up for the cross country team is a trip to the St. Joseph Ogden meet on Saturday.