The boys and girls Riverside-Brookfield High School cross country teams swept their own IHSA Class 2 regionals at Sundown Meadows in LaGrange on Oct. 20 and into the sectional round, with girls finishing first and second individually and boys placing second and third, individually, in their race.
The girls won the team title and advanced to sectionals as seniors Tara Janney (19:39.1) and Nadia Kaczmarz (20:02.4) claimed the top two spots as the Bulldogs scored 24 points in the team standings.
Melissa Oliveira Liz (6th place/20:57.4), Cora Lutes (7th/21:03.9) and Riley Gagne (8th/21:31.) finished inside the top 10. Emma Fortman and Isabel Rurka also recorded solid times at 21:55.9 and 22:09.8, respectively, to come in 11th and 13th.
Led by seniors Ailee Hogan (4th/20:31) and Erin Degnan (10th/21.49.6), Nazareth Academy notched third place (59 points) at the RBHS Regional.
On the boys side, the Bulldogs cruised to a team title with balanced scoring. Five runners placed inside the top 10, while all seven finished among the top 15.
“They ran tough,” RBHS boys coach Larry Forberg said. “Comparing their time from the RB Invite to this race, every runner ran significantly faster.
“Significant PRs were had by Conor Raymond who ran 50 seconds faster at regionals than the RB Invite and Peter Kallas, who ran close to two minutes faster.”
Seniors Josh Ranft and David Keen set a strong pace at 17:10.7 and 17:15.9. Ranft was the race runner-up and Keen earned third.
Raymond (6th/17:25.9), Kallas (8th/17:38.4) and Quinn VanNice (9th/17:44.0) showed off the Bulldogs’ depth. Quinn Jacquat (14th/18:22.4) and Chris Magno (15th/18:23.2) also contributed.
Nazareth senior Scott Sikorski finished first with a time of 16:44.2 at the RBHS Regional. The Roadrunners, who earned second at the RB Regional with a score of 46, move on to sectionals.
LTHS tops Hinsdale regional
The Lyons Township High School boys team took first at the IHSA Class 3A Hinsdale Central Regional as senior Ryan Bonfiglio (15:29.07) and Jack Ehlert (15:29.9) finished second and third behind champion Guillermo Ibarra (15:28.1) from Morton.
The Lions’ girls squad came in second at the same regional. Downers Grove South edged the Lions 36-38 to claim the championship. Kate Dickman (3rd/17:59.2), Marta Kogucki (6th/18:24.2), Sarah Barcelona (7th/18:25.7) and Maggie Abbs (8th/18:26.6) led LTHS.
“The girls had a solid day at regionals,” LTHS coach Alex Lyons said. “They are in a good place and prepared for the next couple weeks. We just want to see them stick to their process and the things that make them successful over the final month. That’s what a successful season means for us.”
Trinity wins Elmwood Park Regional
Trinity took top honors with a score of 27 at the Elmwood Park Regional. The Blazers have won a regional championship in two of the last three years.
Senior Alexis Cohn also placed first with a time of 19:11.4.
“Alexis became Trinity’s first regional champion in the history of the program.,” Trinity coach Johann Gonzalaez said. “This was especially good to see considering that a week ago Cohn had to drop out of the conference meet at the 1.5 mile marker due to health issues. She wanted to make it up to her team and that she did at the regional.”
Teammates Kate Foley (19:41), Sylvia Ritzler (19:52), Courtney Yungerman (20:59), Jessica Hoffman (21:14) and Hannah Roberts (21:16) and Annabel Halloran (21.58) also ran well, powering the Blazers into sectional competition.
“Courtney ran a personal-best 20:59 and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” Gonzalez said. “Hannah is coming back from a stress fracture and has dropped 1 minute, 14 seconds since we last raced here three weeks ago.”
Cohn, Foley and Ritzler (top three runners in the field) earned all-regional medals.
“The message all week was run like you’re capable of and good things will happen,” Gonzalez said. “I felt the team came focused and ready to compete at regionals. We were a little flat two weeks ago at the same course so we felt we needed to get out in the beginning of the race.
“We knew that Solorio had a great front runner followed by a tight 2-5 pack,” he added. “This meet demonstrated how important our 4-7 (runners) are in a race. They really stepped up and helped us win the meet. I was extremely pleased to see the girls stay composed during the race and focused on what was happening around them.”
With the exception of seniors Cohn and Roberts, the rest of the Blazers’ sectional qualifiers are sophomores.
Fenwick boys, girls advance to sectionals
The Fenwick girls team advanced to sectionals by placing fifth (147) at the IHSA Class 3A Hinsdale Central Regional.
Laura Durkin placed 26th with a time of 19:44.5, Marie O’Brien was 27th with a time of 19:45.9 and Maria Quinn placed 28th at 19:51.06.
Arlene Amaya (31st/19.55.4), Katie Cahill (35th/20.08.5), Mary Bridget Donahue (36th/20:36.6) and Mikaela Burns (37th/20.42.4) also represented Fenwick at the regional.
The Fenwick boys squad secured safe passage to sectionals with a sixth-place showing at the Hinsdale Central Regional. Seniors Eric Janc, Joseph Wermes, Owen Filbin and Jared Wermes set the tone with the Friars’ four fastest times.
Janc finished the trail in a time of 16:28.4 to come in 23rd. Joseph Wermes was 30th at 16:43.3 and Filbin 31st at 16:44.8, while Jared Wermes recorded a time of 17:18.2 to place 37th.
Junior Chris Brady (40th/17.27.2), sophomore Joey Schultz (43rd/17:41.6) and junior Matthew Zuber (56th/19.26.2) also contributed for Fenwick.
“I thought we performed average. It was not our best day and looking at how our training has been going, we did not race to our potential,” Fenwick boys coach David Rill said. “As I look ahead to sectional we are really going to have to step it up and race how we train if we are want to move on. They are ready to run well.”