Cavie harriers running on to sectionals in Effingham
Saturday’s weather at Loveless Park was nearly ideal for cross country, as Carlinville hosted the IHSA Regional.
Carlinville won the boys regional, thanks to three who finished in the top 10 of the race.
The Cavies also advanced on the girls side with Carlinville finishing fourth as a team.
In regional play, the top seven teams and the top five individuals not on the top seven teams advance to the Effingham St. Anthony Sectional next Saturday at Mid-America Motorworks. The girls race starts at 10 a.m. and the boys at 11 a.m. local time.
The Cavies had five of the top 17 runners of the meet, and finished with 52 points. That included the sixth, seventh and eighth place finishers.
Carlinville coach Charlie Helton was pleased with the boys team win, adding it isn’t easy to win races when favored to do so.
“I was very happy for our team,” Helton said. “Beating last year’s champs Shelbyville says a lot for us. They are always tough competitors and the never give you anything.”
Shelbyville was second with 83 points. While the Rams had three of the top five runners, their final two place finishers were in the 30s, enabling Carlinville to come away with the team win.
Other teams advancing were Clinton, third at 105; Decatur St. Teresa 110; Sullivan 121; Arthur-Lovington-Atwood at 150; and Cowden-Herrick 180.
The boys race was won by Logan Hall of Arthur-Lovington, in a time of 15:04.46. Tyler Pasley of Shelbyville was second at 15:29.05 and Jackson Stewart of St. Teresa third at 15:29.58.
In fourth and fifth were a pair of Rams – Ryan Skowronski and Jordan Sieger, at 15:52 and 16:11.
Jason Landon of Carlinville finished sixth at 16:20; Samuel Mock was seventh at 16:21, a personal best time and Charles Helton IV eighth at 16:22.
Also for Carlinville, Grayson Armour was 14th at 16:34; Bailey Lippold 18th at 16:52; and Cale Williams 33rd at 17:55, personal best.
“Definitely a team effort and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” Helton said.
Individuals advancing not on the top five teams were Ryan Poggenpohl of Litchfield; Luke Brewer of Bement; Caden Bohn of Southwestern; Jacob Latonis of Pana and Brady Hansen of Neoga.
Pana’s Claudia Magnussen cruised to victory in the girls regional, winning in a time of 17:37. She was followed by Lauren Bowers and Ailey Mitchell of Shelbyville at 18:22 and 18:23. Finishing in the top five was Vernonica Hein of St. Teresa at 18:37 and Clinton’s Payne Turney at 18:46.
It was a tight team competition with Litchfield edging out St. Teresa 65-69. The Purple Panthers had three of the top seven times and five of the top 31. The Bulldogs had two of the top 10 and five of the top 32 times.
Shelbyville was third with 72 points, followed by the Cavaliers with 123 points; Maroa-Forsyth 134; Neoga 142 and Clinton 146.
The Cavaliers top finisher was Rory Drew, a freshman, at 20:14. Patty Walch was 27th at 20:37; Mackenzie Harris 30th at 20:45; Molly Lewis 31st at 20:46; and Stasia Nejmanowski 32nd at 20:58. Skylar Nickel was 45th at 22:19 and Rachel Olroyd was 61st at 23:29.
“It was so great to see our girls coming in fourth considering Jacey Roper and Colleen Madden are running for their respective college programs instead of being all-state cross country runners for us,” Helton said. “Our young crew stepped up and ran well. Even with two of our runners not feeling well, we still finished in the top seven teams to move on thanks to big races form the other five.”
Individuals advancing on included Magnussen; Makenna Green of Arthur-Lovington; Ashlynd Risley of Sullivan; Aubrey Adrian of Central A&M and Morgan Nohren of Cowden-Herrick.