Overcast skies and temperatures in the mid-60s were ideal weather conditions for the runners in the Kishwaukee River Conference Championship cross-country meet, hosted by Woodstock High School Oct. 14 at Emricson Park. Boys and girls teams from WHS and Woodstock North High School competed along with teams from Burlington Central, Marengo, Richmond-Burton, Johnsburg and Harvard.
WHS junior Kylie Hagmann claimed an individual conference championship title, winning the girls race in 19 minutes, 22 seconds, nearly 50 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
“I felt strong today. I liked the weather,” said Hagmann, who led her team to a second-place conference finish. “I’m very proud of my team. We’ve been working very hard.”
Sophomore Shannon Koscinski finished in 20:34.4, enough for third place. Also scoring for the Streaks were freshman Theresa Presisto, 13th, (21:16.3); junior Lauren Wietermann, 18, (21:44.0); and junior Syd Heidtke, 26, (22:29.7).
The WNHS girls took fourth as a team, led by freshman Emma Mergl, who ran the 3.1-mile course in 21:04.9 finishing in 10th place.
“My goal is to break 19 minutes,” said Mergl, who added, “I really hope we qualify for sectionals.”
Rounding out the scoring for the young WNHS team were freshman Meghan McCann, 12, (21:10.0); freshman Shelby Wellwerts, 17, (21:41.8); sophomore Amber Elliot, 21, (21:57.0); and freshman Michelle Velasco, 23.
Burlington Central claimed the girls team championship.
WHS junior Julio Arellano fought for third place, finishing in 17:12.9. Despite difficulty with slipping on the wet course, Arellano said he felt good for the race. Teammates, freshman Aidan Schluetermann (17:42.2), senior Anthony Thomas (17:46.1) and junior Diego Cruz (17:52.9) pushed one another through the course, finishing close together in 10, 11 and 14 respectively. Junior Elvis Valadez rounded out the scoring for the team, placing 20, (18:23.4).
Luke Duenas, junior, was the top boys runner for WNHS, placing 22, (18:33.3). He was happy that the weather held out and they didn’t have to run in the rain.
Also scoring for the Thunder were sophomore Aiden Filetti, 25, (18:40.8), sophomore Jameson Teuber, 31, (19:27.7), junior Alejandro Ortiz, 41, (20:48.1) and junior Luis Cieslak, 44, (21:13.8).
The boys team champion was Burlington Central.
WHS and WNHS boys and girls teams will compete in the IHSA Regional cross-country meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Belvidere High School, Belvidere.