Runners from Woodstock High School, Woodstock North High School and Marian Central Catholic High School competed in the Class 2A cross-country sectional at Belvidere High School Oct. 29.
The WHS girls’ team placed seventh and narrowly missed qualifying as a team to compete at state. A difference of two points separated the Streaks from the fifth-place finish they needed to move on.
“We knew it would be close,” said head coach Jay Fuller. “We faced some really good competition.”
One runner, however, crossed the finish line fast enough to make the cut and qualify to run at state as an individual. Sophomore Kylie Hagmann ran the race in 18 minutes, 17 seconds, good enough for 12th place.
“It feels good, but it’s a little bittersweet,” said Hagmann. “I wanted to go to state with my whole team.”
This is Hagmann’s first trip to the high school state meet in Peoria, but she experienced state-level competition as a middle-schooler when she attended the middle school cross-country state meet with the eighth-grade girls’ team from Creekside Middle School.
“I’m excited,” Hagmann said. “Some of my teammates are going. So are my parents and grandparents.”
When the season comes to an end, she will continue with winter running in preparation for the track season in the spring.
Senior Kate Jacobs finished 24th, short of a return trip to the state meet. The girls’ team will lose two varsity runners to graduation, Jacobs and senior Emma Bateman.
About half of the top-ranked teams in the state competed in the highly competitive Belvidere sectional, representing both girls and boys teams.
The WHS boys team ended its season at sectionals with a 15th-place finish, led by senior Jarod Baker. The team will lose Baker and senior runners Cameron Brand, Austin Castillo, Justin Kucharski and Anthony Zepeda, but Fuller is looking ahead to 2017 with a strong field including eight sophomores who will be moving up.
Season Ends for Thunder Boys
WNHS was represented at sectionals with five boys competing as individuals. The meet marked the end of the road for all five runners.
“The boys ran a great race,” said head coach Cas Creighton. “At the end of the day, I think we all went home happy.
Senior runner Brandon Amann, was the top runner for WNHS, finishing in 17:27.8, for 93rd place. The Thunder will say goodbye to six senior runners: Amann, Danny Blalock, Ryan Hanson, Matthew Haynes and Brendan Smith.
Marian Central’s Jones Siblings Head to State
Marian Central Catholic High School qualified the brother, sister combination of Ryan and Abigail Jones, to compete at the state meet.
Ryan Jones, freshman, ran as an individual in the class 1A sectional Oct. 29 in Oregon. Jones finished the 3-mile course in 16:37.36, placing 12th out of a field of 157 boys.
His sister, Abigail Jones, will cap off an outstanding high school career with her fourth visit to state after finishing 10th out of a field of 140 runners in the girls 2A cross-country sectional meet in Belvidere. She led her team with a time of 18:12.6. The Marian girls team finished 14th. Abigail Jones will move on as an individual.
“The season was great for our teams,” said head coach Amy Beattie. “Abigail knows what she needs to do, and she always steps up to the challenge.”
The state cross-country meet will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at Detweiller Park, Peoria.