Cross country run comes to an end at
Staunton’s Lydia Roller wins
individual sectional championship
By Jackson Wilson
The Carlinville cross country boys’ and girls’ teams traveled to Decatur last Saturday to compete in one of the 2018 Illinois High School Association’s Class 1A sectional meets. The Cavaliers fell short of a state berth with the boys finishing eighth and the girls coming in 31st.
Cale Williams (39th; 16:51), Bailey Lippold (52nd; 17:05), Dustin Roberts (59th; 17:09), Jacob Landon (66th; 17:16) and Briley Roper (69th; 17:24) all represented the Cavies in the top 75 individuals at the boys’ meet. Molly Lewis rounded out her Carlinville high school career with a 70th place time of 21:19 in the girls’ meet.
“We came up short [of state], but we still had an awesome season that included many victories. I was very pleased with how both our boys’ and girls’ teams encouraged and challenged each other throughout the season. Great teamwork,” said Carlinville head coach Charlie Helton.
Staunton’s Lydia Roller captured the girls’ individual sectional championship with a time of 17:23. Fran Hendrickson (Champaign St. Thomas More, 2nd; 17:56), Ailey Mitchell (Shelbyville, 3rd; 18:03), Gabrielle Spain (Shelbyville, 4th; 18:13), Abby Stone (Newton, 9th; 18:47), Veronica Hein (Decatur-St. Teresa, 11th; 18:58) and Bella Ramshaw (Champaign St. Thomas More, 13th; 19:06) joined Roller on the list of advancing individual girls that were not on state-qualifying teams.
Tolono (Unity) won the girls’ sectional team title with 47 total points. Other state-bound teams included St. Joseph-Ogden (105), Monticello (114), Urbana (164) and Teutopolis (172).
Jackson Stewart (Decatur-St. Teresa, 3rd; 15:31), Cort Ross (Casey-Westfield, 4th; 15:33) Cameron Woodard (Tolono (Unity), 6th; 15:41), Layton Hall (Arthur, 7th; 15:43), Isiah McCune (St. Joseph-Ogden, 8th; 15:48), Reece Johnson (Neoga, 9th; 15:53) and Noah Probst (Teutopolis, 11th; 15:56) were all on the list of boys’ individuals given the privilege of representing their non-qualifying teams at the state meet.
Monticello won the boys’ team sectional championship with a score of 62 points. Robinson finished in the runner-up ranking with 97 points. Urbana (110), Marshall (179) and Toledo-Cumberland (192) rounded out the boys’ five state teams.