Cross country teams open season in heat

Cross country teams open season in heat

The Carlinville cross-country teams began the 2015 season Tuesday afternoon with the Early Meet at Loveless Park. Temperatures started in the 90s with the boys race starting at 89 degrees.

Despite the heat, both teams fared quite well, with Carlinville’s boys team placing second to Jersey and the girls’ team was third to Litchfield and Rochester.

“I thought it (heat) would slow the times way down, and in reality, they were incredible,” Carlinville head coach Charlie Helton said. “The course is a little bit longer because of the start being changed and that sort of thing. With that, I thought the times would have been slower than last year. In reality they were faster.”

Carlinville finished 1-2 in the girls race with Jacey Roper finishing ahead of Colleen Madden. Roper finished at 18:35, compared Madden at 18:52. Pana’s Claudia Magnussen was third at 19:08, followed by Madeline Campbell of Rochester and April Goetz of Auburn.

Also for Carlinville, Madelynn Williams finished 18th overall 21:18; Molly Lewis was 24th at 22:08; Mackenzie Harris 23:16; Ryleigh Gibbel 23:47; Stasia Nejmanowski 24:03; Kamryn Bremer 24:07; Rachel Strubbe 26:33; Bailey Cox 26:35; Justice Brock 28:07; Abby Fleischer 35:35.

“For Jacey and Colleen to run that well, that’s incredible,”Helton said. “A lot of teams have had other meets already, but this was our first one. I was very pleased.”

Litchfield was the overall winner on the girls side with 48 points, nudging past Rochester’s 49 points. Carlinville was third with 70, followed by Roxana at 120 and Williamsville at 121.

Cory Landon paced Carlinville on the boys race with a second place finish at 15:25.37. Ben Flowers of Jersey was the winner at 15:18. Nolan Kreipe was fifth at 16:39; Jason Landon seventh at 17:20; Charles Helton IV ninth at 17:26. SAmuel Mock took 16th at 18:19; Jacob Landon 25th at 19:09; Bailey Lippold 32nd at 19:36; Xavier Lewis 49th at 21:09; Seth Evans 66th at 22:33; Jack Kufa 68th at 22:51.

“I was very pleased with how our guys ran,” Helton said. “Jason Landon, my son Charles, Samuel Mock, Nolan Kreipe, Cory Landon all ran faster than they did last year.”

It was a two-team race on the boys side, as Jersey and Carlinville had 10 of the top 15 times. The Cavaliers scored 38 points, trailing Jersey’s 36. Jersey had three of the top six finishers. Carlinville had four of the top nine, but Jersey also had a 12th and 13th place finisher to take the win. Rochester was third with 92 points; Williamsville 97 and Auburn 113.

The meet began with the middle school race. Briley Roper led the Carlinville boys to a team title finishing second overall to Evan Horn of Wiliamsville. Roper finished in a time of 12:48. Levi Yudynski was fourth at 13:51; Cameron Strubbe sixth at 14:03; Ethan Siglock seventh at 14:04; Cale Williams 10th at 14:38; David Harris 15:08; Collin Krepie 15:22; Hayden Bellem 16:00; Caden Barkley 16:08; Dane Rosentreter 16:26; Damon Sharp 17:01; Aaron Wills 17:31; Trieton Park 18:20; Matthew Reynolds 18:52; Case Jones 19:18; Brock Henson 21:49; Ashton Brookens 232:21; Carter Lowrance 22:23; Jacob Petrovich 28:47; Peter Lopez 29:20.

On the girls side, Williamsville had seven of the top eight finishers and won the meet. Carlinville was second. The Cavies were led by Jillian Stayton’s sixth place finish at 14:42. Emily May was 10th at 15:28; Caroline Gibbel 16:15; Patty Walch 16:44; Annabelle Hulin 17:03; Sophia Ruffato 17:07; Karrick Rhachyl 18:40; Lexi Dawson 19:57; Katie Schmidt 20:30; Samantha Eulberg 21:15; Haley Hancock 22:14; Kara Rosentreter 22:52.

The high school teams return to action Saturday at Rochester.