Personal bests, medals for CHS cross country teams
The high school cross country season is hitting the midway part of the season.
Carlinville’s teams continue to get stronger, grinding out tough runs against strong competition.
Saturday was another case of this as the Cavaliers visited St. Joseph Ogden to run in the Spartan Classic.
Cory Landon was one second off a school record, all 14 athletes medaled and both teams finished in the top five of a stellar field of schools.
All Carlinville athletes who ran medaled for finishing in the top 100.
“Our athletes ran fantastic,” Carlinville coach Charlie Helton said. “Most ran personal best times.”
The girls race had Carlinville finishing fourth place out of 19 teams competing.
The Cavies finished a solid fourth with 139 team points. The top three schools were Urbana Uni-High at 63, St. Joseph-Ogden at 66 and Tolono Unity at 98. But nobody came close to catching the Cavies at fourth, as St. Anthony was fifth and had 225 points.
Colleen Madden notched another top five finish to her repoirtaire, taking fourth in a time of 18:32. Anna Sophia Keller of Effingham St. Anthony was the winner of the girls race in 16:14. Uni-High’s Arielle Summitt was second, but a distant second, at 17:54. She also got an award for the fastest finisher in her class, a senior.
Jacey Roper took seventh overall for the Cavies, clocking in at 18:54. Madelynn Williams finished 26th overall in 19:56, finishing under 20 minutes for the first time.
Molly Lewis ran to a 52nd place finish for Carlinville in a time of 21:01, and Stasia Nejmanowski was 54th at 21:09.
Ryleigh Gibbel was 76th at 22:05 and Mackenzie Harris finished 84th at 22:21.
Carlinville’s boys side had some drama as far as school history was concerned.
Landon entered the race needing to reach 15:12 to tie a school record. On Saturday, Landon crossed the finish line at 15:13, good for fourth place overall.
The Cavies finished fifth as a team. Tolono Unity won the race with 43 points, followed by St. Joseph Ogden at 91, Shelbyville at 116, Monticello 127 and Carlinville 150.
Landon trailed only Andrew Warnes of Unit 14:49, Marcus Skinner of Shelbyville 15:00 and Nick Porter of Paxton-Buckley-Loda 15:07.
Nolan Kreipe finished 11th overall, finishing under 16 minutes for the first time a 15:42. Jason Landon finished 31st at 16:19, and Charles Helton IV, 39th overall, ran under 17 minutes for the first time at 16:37. Grayson Armour finished 67th at 17:36, Samuel Mock was 86th at 18:02 and Jacob Landon ran 18:22 to finish 96th.
The cross country Cavies return to action Saturday at the Jacksonville Invitational.
Boys picture, from left: Coach Charlie Helton, Samuel Mock, Jacob Landon, Grayson Armour, Charles Helton IV, Cory Landon, Jason Landon, Nolan Kreipe.
Girls picture, from left: Ryleigh Gibbel, Maddie Williams, coach Dbbie Helton, Jacey Roper, Colleen Madden, Molly Lewis, Stasia Nejmanowski, Kamryn Bremer, Mackenzie Harris, coach Charlie Helton
Bottom picture: Colleen Madden, far right, top senior runner in the meet.