Landon topples school mark one last time at
By Eric Becker
Peoria’s Detweiler Park has turned out to be quite a course for Carlinville senior Cory Landon.
Racing at the state meet for the final time in his high school career Saturday, Landon re-broke the school record while finishing sixth individually for the Carlinville Cavaliers cross-country team. He had originally broken the 37-year-old record on the same Detweiler Park course on Oct. 17 during the Peoria Heights Invitational. Saturday’s time of 14:57 was just under the 14:57.5 he ran previously to shatter the school record. His pace per mile was 4:59.
Landon and classmate Nolan Kreipe represented the Cavies at the state meet. It was Kreipe’s first appearance at state, while Landon qualified last season as well.
Last year, Landon finished 23rd in 15:28 at state. A 31-second improvement led to a higher finish of 17 places.
Carlinville head coach Charlie Helton talked about Landon’s last two runs at Detweiler Park which saw the school record fall.
“On that occasion (Oct. 17) Cory ran a very disciplined race with pretty even splits, but at this year’s state meet, the pace went out very fast,” Helton said.
Landon had a 4:47 for the first mile, then the pace slowed as he had a 9:52 at the two mile mark.
“Then there was a slight bit of relaxation over the next half mile followed by a frenzied sprint up the fabled last 300-meter home stretch,” Helton said. “Cory was able to move up to sixth which was a huge gain over last season’s 23rd all-state performance.”
Landon was quite pleased with Saturday’s outcome, calling the previous race on Oct. 17 a great stress release to get the school record out of the way. So naturally, he went out and did it one last time.
“I was going to run as fast as I could, but place (at state) was a major goal,” Landon said. “To accomplish my two goals for the season on my last two races on this course was just awesome.
His two goals coming into the season were a school record and a top five finish at state. Right after the race, Landon held fifth place but it was later determined that he had finished just behind Johnsburg’s Matt Stelmasek.
“I wanted to go out fast, I’m a relatively low-mileage guy,” Landon said. “I didn’t feel that great today, but I knew going out fast like that if I kept pushing – coach told me before the race if I felt like I had to surge, just do it. It’s my last race as a senior and just go out there and leave it all out on the course.”
Kreipe finished 51st in the state Class 1A race, as the senior finished with a time of 16:03, a 5:21 pace.
“Nolan Kreipe capped off a stellar career with his first state cross-country race,” Helton said. “Weaving through an incredible class A field loaded with seniors, Nolan was able to finish in the top quarter of the field. A year ago, he was only dreaming of running at the state meet. It was so awesome to see him on the starting line competing on this stage.”
Jon Davis of Fithian Oakwood took top honors in Class 1A, winning by a whopping 45 seconds. His 14:00 time was ahead of Tolono Unity’s Andrew Warnes at 14:45.
Unity left nothing to be desired as they ran away with the Class 1A state team championship.
The Rockets had five place in the top nine of team-finishers, and won going away with 30 points. Shelbyville was second at 124 and St. Joe-Ogden third at 145.
Tolono won both the boys and girls state Class 1A cross country championships.