Two CHS runners achieve All-State status
By Daniel Winningham
Carlinville High School juniors Cory Landon and Colleen Madden each finished in the top 25 of their respective races at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A State Meet held at Detweiler Park in Peoria Nov. 8.
CHS cross country coach Charlie Helton was pleased with the effort from Landon, Madden and junior Jacey Roper. “They did fantastic,” Helton said.
Landon, running in the boys final for the first time, was 23rd. He completed the course in 15 minutes 29 seconds, along with Shelbyville junior Marcus Skinner and Rock Falls sophomore Brayden Hamblin. Landon was ahead of Skinner but behind Hamblin to secure 23rd overall. The time was Landon’s best of the year. He was the 10th junior to cross the finish line and ran the race at a pace of 5:10 per mile. His first mile was finished in 5:04.
Landon’s time was nine seconds faster than when he ran at the state course at the First to the Finish Invitational earlier this fall.
The top 25 runners in each division each receive a medal and earn All-State recognition. “Getting that top 25 was pretty special for him,” Helton said. “He had a great race.”
The boys Class 1A race had 205 participants. The top time in the boys race went to Fithian Oakwood junior Jon Davis. He finished the course in 14:20, which was 42 seconds ahead of Tuscola’s Eric Ponder and Aurora Christian’s Tanner Chada (both ran 15:02).
Monticello won the boys’ team competition with 91 points, followed by Elmwood (143) and Rockford Christian (157).
Madden finishes 22nd overall
Madden finished the girls race in 18:23, which was almost 35 seconds faster than her previous time at that course. She finished the race running a pace of 6:07.5 per mile. A year ago, Madden was 74th overall out of 207 runners with time of 19:27.
Junior teammate Jacey Roper also competed in the girls race. She took 54th overall with a time of 19:10.
There were 208 runners in the girls race. The top Class 1A time was 16:27, which was recorded by Anna Sophia Keller of Effingham St. Anthony and set a state record.
St. Joseph Ogden tallied 86 points to win the team competition. Urbana University (170) and Kewanee (189) rounded out the top-3. There were 25 teams that competed Nov. 8.
Landon, Madden and Roper all finished the 2014 season with their top times of the year. “All three of them had their best times of the season,” Helton said.
CHS ran on the state course Sept. 13.
Helton also thinks there’s room for improvement when the runners return for their senior season in 2015. “The way they ran, each one of these three can become so much better,” Helton said. “Very rarely do you get athletes to compete the mission. They all ran so well. At the half mile, they were back a ways but they each passed up many undisciplined runners. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Helton is counting on big things from the three runners in 2015. “The leadership from those three will be counted on next fall,” Helton said. “I’m excited for them and what they were able to accomplish,” Helton said. “The kids have worked hard, and it’s paid off. It’s good to see them rewarded for their effort.”
The conditions at the State Meet were cold and windy, Helton said. The times turned in by the CHS runners would be great in perfect conditions. “They ran well despite adverse conditions,” Helton said.
In the Class 1A competition, four of the top eight boys teams took part in the Decatur sectional which CHS competed in Nov. 1. Also, there were five of the top 10 girls teams in the Decatur sectional earlier this month.
“We definitely have a tough sectional,” Helton said.
Banquet set for Nov. 17
The team will celebrate the season at a year-end banquet scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Carlinville Elks.