Abigail Jones and Kylie Hagmann could not have been much closer at the cross-country state finals.
The pair of Woodstock athletes were separated by less than a second at the state finals. Both earned all-state status at the IHSA Class 2A State Championship Nov. 5.
Jones, a senior, finished 21st in the state, finishing the three mile course in 17 minutes, 49 seconds. Her pace was 5:56.1 per mile for the 3-mile race.
“It was a personal best for me,” said Jones. “I went out there and just wanted to enjoy my final race as a cross-country runner at Marian Central Catholic. When I was running the race, I did not think that I was going to get a medal. But, I was pleasantly suprised.”
It was the second cross-country medal of her career as Jones, who will attend St. Joseph’s College next year to compete for the Pumas, earned all-state status as a sophomore as well.
Hagmann was right on her heels in 22nd place. The Woodstock High School sophomore finished the race in 17:49, as well. Her pace was 5:56.2 per mile, only 1/10 of a second slower than Jones.
“I was extemely pleased with my time and my place,” said Hagmann. “My goal after the sectionals was to be an all-stater. I would think in my mind what I wanted to do and go for it. I set times each week. I ran the best first, second and third miles of my career on Saturday. Together it was my best time ever. I wanted to make my coaches, teammates and school proud. Many people came out to watch me run and that made me very happy.”
While he did not get all-state status, Ryan Jones, a Marian Central Catholic freshman placed 30th in the boys race. He finished the race in 15:38 in his first effort at the state finals. Jones raced in the Illinois High School Association Class 1A boys race as an individual.
“We wanted Ryan at about 5:10 for the first mile, and he was a bit faster than that,” said Amy Beattie, Marian Central Catholic’s head coach. “He has raced some of the guys that finished 20th to 25th this year and has been with them or beaten them. So it is possible.”
Beattie further stated that she would like him to be in the top 25 next year.