Cross Country

Wilkinson to run at USI

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. --- Mount Carmel High School cross country standout Grady Wilkinson Wednesday signed a scholarship form to attend the University of Southern Indiana.

“USI stood out because they have an exceptional cross country program,” said Wilkinson following the signing ceremony which took place among family and friends at MCHS. “It is just so close to home and it’s so state of the art I couldn’t pick anything else.”

Aces runners miss state

DECATUR, Ill. – Mt. Carmel’s two runners in the IHSA Class 1A cross country sectional fell short of qualifying for this weekend’s state meet in Peoria.

In the boys sectional run, sophomore Grady Wilkinson finished 20th overall, but not among the top seven individuals not on an advancing team. His time was 16:09.52. Jon Davis of Fithian-Oakwood won the sectional crown in a time of 14:43.11.

Monticello won the team championship with 48 points. Also advancing to state as a team was second-place Shelbyville (73 points), Tolono Unity (3rd with 83), St. Joseph-Ogden (4th with 113) and  Urbana University (5th with 190). Robinson missed qualifying with a 6th-place finish. Olney wound up 11th.

In the girls race, the Lady Aces’ Madeline Jones finished 61st in her first sectional appearance, with a time of 20:46. Sophomore Anna Sophie Keller won the sectional title in a time of 16:44.

St. Joseph-Ogden won the team championship with 84 points, topping runnerup Decatur St. Teresa’s total of 106. Also advancing to Peoria as a team were: Monticello (3rd place with 117 points), Urbana University (4th with 119) and Tolono Unity (5th with 134).

Allendale CC runs in Olney meet

OLNEY, Ill. - Addison Drone finished 14th in the varsity girls race for the best Allendale finish in Thursday’s cross country meet against Olney Middle School, Olney St. Joe and Fairfield.
Drone covered the 1.8-mile course in a time of 15:43.
Megan Hoeslze finished 23rd with a time of 17:47, one spot ahead of Faith Witsman (17:51). Other finishers included: Carly Capehart (30th, 19:54), Madison McIntire (31st, 19:56), Allyson Armstrong (32nd, 20:25) and Meredith Jones (33rd, 20:30).

Hills challenge Aces runners

FAIRFIELD, Ill. - There was a new challenge facing the Mt. Carmel cross country teams on Wednesday in Faifield.
"The three-mile course showed slower times, but our runners had a great race considering the hills throughout the course we have not been up against this year," said Aces coach Steve Perry after the five-team Fairfield Invitational.

Allendale boys win CC meet

ALLENDALE—The Allendale boys cross country team won the championship of a three-team invitational here Monday.
Gehrig Jones (time of 15:09), Jonas Martin (15:22), Chase Keepes (15:33) and Max Zimmerman (15:53) finished fourth-to-seventh, respectively, to lead the Yellow Jackets past Olney St. Joe and Fairfield.
In the girls meet, Addison Drone (15:42) led Allendale with a third-place finish. Megan Hoeslze (16:36) took eighth.
In the junior varsity  boys race, Keir Curtis led Allendale in 10th place, while Olivia Stinson’s sixth-place finish topped the JV girls.
The Yellow Jackets run at Olney Thursday at 4 p.m.

Shea Simpson signs with Frontier for CC

Shea Simpson is ready to help start something new at Frontier Community College. The Mt. Carmel senior Thursday signed an athletic scholarship to be part of the first Bobcat cross country team this fall.
Yet that was only part of what drew her to the Fairfield school.

“I wanted to go into the medical field (phlebotomy),” said Simpson, who added that “walking around the campus” sparked her interest in the school.

The same can be said for Frontier coach Amelia Lingafelter. Simpson’s cross country times were just one aspect of the school’s interest.

“She had good times, and was interested in Frontier. She seemed like she had her stuff together,” said Lingafelter. “That’s what we’re looking for. We focus on times but that’s not our main focus. We want to find someone who is responsible and hard working.

Big 8 CC meet

EVANSVILLE — The Lady Aces finished third in the Big 8 Conference cross country meet on the University of Evansville course Tuesday. The event had been rescheduled after being canceled by rain on Saturday.

Lady Aces finish 2nd at Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. — The Lady Aces cross country team finished second at the Lawrenceville Invitational on Saturday.
Mt. Carmel finished with 51 points, second to Olney’s 41. Newton finished third with 78 points, followed by Lawrenceville (82) and Salem (90). Dieterich had only two runners and did not register a team score.

Aces CC sweep titles at NCOE

NORRIS CITY, Ill. — Both Mt. Carmel cross country teams returned from the Norris City Invitational as champions on Thursday.

Allendale opens CC season

ROBINSON, Ill. — The Allendale School cross country team traveled to Nuttall Middle School in Robinson for its first meet of the 2013 season on Sept. 11. The Yellow Jackets were joined by New Hebron, Olney, Robinson, and Olney St. Joe.

In the boys meet, Keir Curtis completed the course in 15:57, while Manuel Borda Caycho finished in 19:16.

For the girls portion of the meet, Brittany Bittner finished in 20th place with a time of 17:26 minutes. Hannah Bittner crossed the finish line in 22:45.

Allendale coach Sarah Van Matre said she “was very pleased by the effort put forth by each of these runners in very hot and humid temperatures.”

The next meet for the Yellow Jacket Cross Country team is Thursday at the Norris City Invitational.


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