Oct. 15 could not have shaped up to be a much better day for Woodstock High School’s varsity girls cross-country team.
The weather was cool and overcast, but the Blue Streaks’ endurance and ability were able to shine through at the Kishwaukee River Conference meet at McHenry Township Park, where the WHS girls took first place out of seven teams.
The top three finishers for the Streaks were senior captain Kate Jacobs, who finished the 3-mile course in 19 minutes, 6.9 seconds, good for second place overall; sophomore Kylie Hagmann (19:08.1), who finished third; and freshman Shannon Koscinski (19:38.5), who took fifth.
WHS coach Jay Fuller credited a few other runners, too, for their standout performances.
“Our No. 4 runner, sophomore Lauren Wietermann (20:48.1), had a great race,” Fuller said. “She really stepped it up and pushed ahead, and senior Emma Bateman (21:31.5) had the race of her life.”
The Streaks finished with a team score of 38. Woodstock North took sixth place with 146 points.
The top two contenders for the Thunder were freshman Abby Hartmann (21:35.7), who came in 18th overall, and junior Amanda Valdes-Garcia (22:04.2) who placed 25th.
“Our girls went into this meet struggling,” said WNHS coach Cas Creighton, who also works for The Woodstock Independent. “With only six girls on the team and only one healthy, it makes it rough to come prepared. They never quit, though, and that shows their commitment to the team.”
WHS boys finish third, WNHS takes seventh
The WHS varsity boys team finished in third place at the KRC meet with a team score of 101.
Top performers for the Blue Streaks were sophomore Julio Arellano (17:05.1), who finished 10th overall, and senior Jarod Baker (17:22.2), who finished 13th.
“We are excited to move forward to regionals next week. It should be fun, and we look forward to the opportunity,” Fuller said.
For the Thunder, top runners were freshman Aidan Filetti (17:39.2), who finished 18th, and senior Brandon Amann (17:43.9), 19th.
“Our team was disappointed to see where we finished overall. There was only eight points separating seventh and fifth place,” Creighton said. “Somehow we still fell short.”
All teams will compete in the regional meet beginning at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Emricson Park.