Williams and Roper lead CHS boys to third place finish at Carlinville cross country invitational

Williams and Roper lead CHS boys to third

Carlinville High School seniors Cale Williams (left) and Briley Roper (right) finished their home careers by leading the Cavies to a third place finish out of 10 teams at the Carlinville Invitational Oct. 15. Enquirer Democrat photo by Jackson Wilson.

From left, Colin Kreipe (ninth, 18:33), Briley Roper (third, 17:45), Cale Williams (second, 17:41) and Morgan Carrino (sixth, 21:54) earned All-Conference medals for Carlinville Monday afternoon at Brighton. Photo contributed by Melissa Williams.

Lydia Roller earns third SCC title

By JACKSON WILSON

Enquirer Democrat Reporter

The Carlinville High School cross country teams had a lot of work cut out for them in a rebuilding season, but they are at their  peak heading into regionals.

Carlinville Invitational

(Senior Night)

Seniors Cale Williams (third, 16:52.92) and Briley Roper (fifth, 17:13.52) ended their home careers on a positive note, finishing among the top five out of 121 male runners at Macoupin County Fairgrounds Oct. 15.

At the conclusion of the race, the two medalists shared and reflected on memories they made with the team during their high school tenures in celebration of Senior Night.

“I’m always going to remember the great teammates and friends that I made over the past four years whether it was hanging out with them every day, running, sweating, or simply putting in hours of commitment,” said Williams. “I also would like to thank my coaches for their support.”

“I ran with Cale for about seven years going back to middle school,” said Roper. I’ve never had anybody that stayed by me for that long. It’s nice to have somebody your age going out there with you. I also can’t thank Coach Charlie Helton enough for getting me to go out for this team. I was planning on playing football my freshman year and he was too good of a coach for me to pass up the opportunity to run for him.”

“I am so blessed to have coached Cale and Briley for these past four years,” said  Helton. “They’ve always stepped up big for their team and set a prime example at the front of the pack.”

Colin Kreipe came in 14th place with a time of 17:57.05 and also received a medal.

Carlinville was recognized as one of three team plaque recipients, finishing only behind Rochester (47) and Roxana (53) within a field of 10 squads. The Cavies ended the day with a score of 85 while reigning over Breese Mater Dei (99), Litchfield (108), Marquette (143), Breese Central (190), Pana (244), Metro-East Lutheran (245) and O’Fallon First Baptist (261).

Morgan Carrino (ninth, 21:06.42) and Braylee Gilmore (27th, 21:56.92) won medals for the girls and helped lead CHS to a seventh place finish in a 12-team race that consisted of 108 runners.

South Central Conference Meet

The Cavies traveled to Brighton for the South Central Conference meet Oct. 21.

Staunton’s Lydia Roller took home the individual girls’ conference title for the third year in a row, finishing in 18:17.

The Carlinville boys (41) placed runner-up behind conference champion Roxana (31), while the girls (114) came in fourth to Roxana (30), Staunton (56) and Litchfield (68).

Williams (second, 17:41), Roper (third, 17:45) and Kreipe (ninth, 18:33) all finished in the top 10 to claim All-Conference for CHS. Carrino did the same, placing sixth in the girls’ race after posting a time of 21:54.

Carlinville’s Gilmore (22:27) fell one spot short of honors in 11th.

Trent Markezich (12th, 19:04) led the way for the Staunton boys.

Derek Watson (16th, 19:19) and Allison Brown (20th, 24:01) were the top finishers for Southwestern in their respective races.

Regionals

Carlinville has been assigned to the Illinois High School Association Class 1A regional meet at Shelbyville. The girls’ race begins at 10 a.m., followed by the boys at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.