Cross country girls, two boys qualify for final
On a wet, windy, dreary, chilly Saturday at Hickory Point Golf Course north of Decatur, the Carlinville cross country teams competed at the IHSA Decatur St. Teresa Sectional meet.
The top five teams for boys and girls and the top seven individuals not on the top five teams qualify for the state cross country meet.
Carlinville will be represented in a great way as the girls team, along with the boys tandem of Nolan Kreipe and Cory Landon qualified for Saturday’s state cross country meet at Detweiler Park in Peoria.
The boys team from Carlinville nearly qualified, finishing sixth as a team just seven points behind fifth place Monticello and eight points behind fourth place Robinson.
“I was very proud of the guys who did not qualify as they ran personal best times and showed that 22 mile per hour wind gusts and rain would not deter them from performing at a high level,” Carlinville coach Charlie Helton said.
Seven of the top 10 Class A team were at the Decatur Sectional. Tolono Unity won with 42 points, followed by Shelbyville with 107; St. Joseph Ogden 116; Robinson 132 and Monticello 133. Carlinville was sixth at 140.
Landon finished seventh overall with a time of 15:14 for his second consecutive trip to state. Teammate Nolan Kreipe was 21st at 15:52 and qualifies for his first state meet.
The winner of the meet was Jon Davis of Fithian Oakwood, at 14:28.
Other times for Carlinville included Jason Landon 31st at 16:16; Charles Helton IV 42nd at 16:34; Grayson Armour 48th at 16:42; Samuel Mock 59th at 17:00; Jacob Landon 86th at 17:39.
The Carlinville girls team finished fourth and will be heading to state as a group on Saturday.
The Cavaliers collected 156 points, 10 ahead of Litchfield for fifth place. Tolono Unity and Urbana Uni High tied for first with 74 points, with St. Joseph Ogden third with 90 points.
Jacey Roper led Carlinville with a sixth place finish in 18:19, while Colleen Madden was seventh at 18:30. The winner of the race was Anna Sophia Keller from Effingham St. Anthony at 16:32, winning by more than a minute.
Also for Carlinville, Molly Lewis finished 47th at 20:19; Rachel Strubbe 48th at 20:23; Stasia Nejmanowski 66th at 20:55; Mackenzie Harris 70th at 21:04 and Ryleigh Gibbel 77th at 21:10.
Roper and Madden will both be making their second consecutive trip to finals. Madden was 23rd last year and Roper finished 54th.
“This year, they set their team up very well as the next five girls ran near personal best times,” Helton said of Roper and Madden.
While a goal was to advance both the boys and girls teams to state in the same year, it was still a very successful meet, Helton said.
“Our athletes that won’t be competing are looking forward to cheering on the competing runners,” Helton said. Our cross country runners understand the team concept and I really am impressed with these young people. In a society that promotes selfish actions and behavior, it is great to see these runners supporting their teammates and being genuinely excited for them. I know our program is definitely headed in the right direction.”
The starting gun for the girls’ Class 1A race starts at 9 a.m., while the boys will have their race at 10 a.m. Detweiler Park is located at 8327 N. Galena Road in Peoria.