The Lyons Township High School boys cross country team continued their recent run of success at the Class 3A state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria. The Lions earned a runner-up showing Saturday with 118 points, trailing only state champion Sandburg (79) in the team standings. The result ensured a fourth straight top-four finish at the state meet for LTHS.
Junior Vince Zona ran the fastest three-mile time in program history at 14 minutes, 30 seconds to place sixth. Sophomore Danny Kilrea was ninth with a time of 14:35. Connor Madell (29th, 14:52), Matt Begeman (33rd, 14:55), Alex Pall (72nd, 15:18), Tim McCarthy (89th, 15:25) and Roland Van Tressel (171st, 16:07) also contributed for the Lions.
LTHS girls cross country
Freshman Sarah Barcelona finished 18th at the 3A state meet with a time of 16:58 to lead the Lions (246 points) to seventh in the team standings. Like boys cross country team member Luke Zona, Barcelona made history with the fastest time ever in the girls program.
Senior Vanessa Flaherty also ran well for the Lions with a time of 17:39 for 47th place. Other LTHS runners at state included Emily Henkel (73rd, 17:56), Hannah Dutler (83rd, 18:03), Natalie Jaramillo (93rd, 18:07), Megan Ng (173rd, 18:51) and Diana Kafkes (203rd, 19:23).
Nazareth girls cross country
Claire Ramsey, the Roadrunners’ lone state qualifier, crossed the finish line in 19:11 for 118th place in the Class 2A state meet.
RBHS boys cross country
Mateo Nunez was 40th with a time of 15:26 in Class 2A action on the boys side. The junior qualified for state by placing 19th (16:30.4) at the Wheaton Academy Sectional.
Fenwick boys cross country
Head coach Dave Rill is the most successful cross country runner in school history.
For his entire lineup, however, the Class 2A state meet at Peoria’s Detweiller Park Saturday was a whole new experience. The Friars finished fifth with 249 points.
“[Rill] was telling us before it goes really fast,” junior Alex Marks said. “When we were in it, I thought it flew by. He was absolutely right.”
Junior Jack Darrow (15:23) and Marks (15:24) were 37th and 38th, respectively. Sophomore Emmett McEnery (57th, 15:44) and senior Riley Mullen (75th, 15:52) also were among the top 75, followed by junior Patrick Barnett (136th, 16:19), freshman Joe Wermes (144th, 16:21) and senior Joseph Cozzi (199th, 17:19).
The Roadunners routed host Solorio 43-3 in a second-round matchup of the Class 5A playoffs. Ivory Kelly- Martin rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries. Julian Love and Christian Sampleton (6 tackles apiece), Joe Muscolino (5 ½ tackles, sack) and Christian Davis (4 ½ tackles) led the defense.
Nazareth (9-2) hosts Joliet Catholic Academy (10-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
-Bill Stone contributed to this roundup