Landon breaks cross country school mark by 13
Landon runs into CHS record lore
By Eric Becker
Cory Landon, a Carlinville senior cross country athlete, is known for his good times at various meets throughout the state of Illinois in the fall.
Last Saturday, he had the best run of all – in the history of Carlinville High School.
Landon finished third at the Peoria Heights Invitational, but it was his time of under 15 minutes, 14 minutes, 57 seconds to be exact, which is now the top time in Cavies history. Unity’s Andrew Warnes won the race in 14:44.
“It’s awesome – Steve Newman’ is one of the best runners to come out of Carlinville,” Landon said. “That’s one of the records I’ve looked up to since I was back in middle school and even before then when I watched distance running. To break that record is pretty awesome.”
Landon’s time surpassed the school record set at Detweiler Park in Peoria in 1978 by Steve Newman, who lives in Colorado these days.
Newman’s father, Fred Newman, was on hand at Monday’s South Central Conference meet in Brighton.
“He coaches cross country now in Denver,” Fred Newman said of his son Steve. “He still runs. I talked to him yesterday and he said records are meant to be broken. I’m glad there’s a dynasty of cross country coming through here again for years to come it looks like.”
Newman held the record of 15:11 and Landon broke it by over 13 seconds, finishing at 14:57 on Saturday.
“It was cool weather – perfect conditions to go fast,” Landon said. “Overall it was a perfect day. I was glad to get it out before state so I don’t have to worry about getting the record any more.”
Carlinville coach Charlie Helton said he was pleased Landon was able to get it on Saturday, as one never knows when conditions will change this late in the year.
“I’m glad he went out and got it at this last meet because you will never know how conditions will change,” Helton said. “State meet may be perfect like it was Saturday or it may be crazy wind.
“When he came through that mile and a half at 7:30, I was like, man, I hope he doesn’t waste this. There’s no room for error. You have to be on all cylinders. After watching Cory run from junior high on it’s sure sweet to see all that determination and running pay off.”
Landon’s time and third place finish helped Carlinville to a seventh place team finish with over 50 squads participating.
Tolono Unity recorded the best team score of the day with 41 points. St. Joseph-Ogden (118), Robinson (203), Elmwood/Brimfield (219), EPG (219) and Monticello (221) were all ahead of the Cavies score of 228.
Nolan Kreipe of Carlinville finished 21st at 15:35; Jason Landon was 42nd at 16:15; Grayson Armour 79th at 16:41; Charles Helton IV 83rd at 16:45; Samuel Mock 101st at 17:02 and Jacob Landon 103rd at 17:05.
The Carlinville girls team placed fifth out of several schools who partake in the race. Annawan/Weathersfield won with 104 points, followed by Unit at 117, St. Joseph-Ogden at 151, Liberty 183 and the Cavaliers at 193.
Colleen Madden finished seventh for the Cavaliers in the race, at 18:23. Teammate Jacey Roper was ninth at 18:28. Madelynn Williams was 2nd at 20:00; Molly Lewis 57th at 20:14; Stasia Nejmanowski 68th at 20:42; Ryleigh Gibble 97th at 21:19; and Mackenzie Harris 99th at 21:23.
There wasn’t much time to regroup as the Carlinville teams competed Monday in the South Central Conference meet at Brighton’s sports complex.
Both Carlinville teams entered as one of the favorites in the team competition. But the teams would be running their fourth meet in 10 days. Not to worry, though, as the Cavaliers held off the competition to win the conference titles.
The girls edged a tough Litchfield squad 32-35. Roxana at 69, Staunton 127; Southwestern 129 and Gillespie 154 rounded out the field.
Pana’s Claudia Magnussen won the county title in a time of 19:20. Madden took second and Roper third. Madden clocked in at 19:28 and Roper at 20:01.
While Litchfield had four of the top eight scores, the Cavies had six of the top 13 and were able to hold off the Panthers.
Nejmanowski was Carlinville’s third finisher, taking ninth at 21:28. Williams was 11th at 22:19; Lewis 12th at 22:32 and Gibbel 13th at 22:45. Harris finished 18th at 23:09. Bailey Cox took 38th at 26:30; Rachel Strubbe 40th at 26:57 and Abby Fleischer 50th at 33:59.
Landon, meanwhile, led the boys to victory as the Cavies had the top three finishers.
Carlinville with 19 points beat out Roxana 77; Greenville 99; Staunton 116; Litchfield 123; Southwestern 142; and Gillespie 144.
Landon finished at 17:41; Kreipe second at 17:47 and Armour was third at 17:56. Mock took seventh at 18:26 and Jacob Landon was eighth at 18:40. Bailey Lippold was 10th at 18:45. Xavier Lewis was 15th at 20:06; Seth Evans 23rd at 20:57; Jack Kufa 37th at 22:46.
The Shelbyville Regional meet is slated for Saturday at around 10:45 a.m. at Dacey and Forest Park. Landon was pleased with the conference meet, but said the team is gearing up toward the big meets upcoming.
“We are focusing on sectionals right now,” Landon said.
“It seems like the season is short then all of sudden we got all these meets,” Helton said. “Now we get a little bit of rest and get going for the next three weeks.”
Caption: Fred Newman, father of former CHS cross country runner Steve Newman, shakes hands with Cory Landon after he beat Steve Newman’s 37-year-old record.