Local teams attend 3A Cross Country Sectionals at La Grange


LA GRANGE, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — A number of high schools in the Stateline attended the La Grange 3A Cross Country sectional on Saturday. Both boys and girls runners competed in the final races of the year, due to the IHSA’s decision to not hold State tournaments as a result of COVID-19.

In the girl’s top race, Guilford sophomore Michelle Gasmund had a chance for a strong finish after winning her conference and regional races, but the elevated competition showed itself at the Sectional.

Gasmund said despite her performance she was glad to catch up with old friends and competitors.

“It feels good I’m glad that I got to come out here and run with all these other girls,” said Gasmund. I recognize them from last year and a few years before so it’s good to come out and see them.”

In the boys race, the level of competition was also greatly elevated from regionals. Guilford sophomore Juan Del Real finished 33rd with a time of 15:56.83. He said he saved his best for his last race.

“This is my best race I’ve ever ran before. I’m pretty sure I only did it because I was trying to keep up with everybody else but yeah it was really fun,” he said. “This feels really good. I ended my season perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.”

Boys Individual Times:

1. 11Micah Wilson14:43.71St. Charles (East)
2.12Luke Schildmeyer14:47.38St. Charles (East)
3.12Zack Loomis15:00.01St. Charles (East)
4.12Mickey Vreeland15:02.47Elmhurst (York)
5.12Colin Hill15:04.59Elmhurst (York)
6.12Jocqael Thorpe15:07.92LaGrange (Lyons)
7.12Noah Eng15:09.94St. Charles (North)
8.12Matt Coyle15:10.12Park Ridge (Maine South)
9.12Owen Hays15:10.98LaGrange (Lyons)
10.12Eamon Brady15:13.03Park Ridge (Maine South)

Girls Individual Times

1. 11Katrina Schlenker17:05.64Batavia
2.12Samantha Poglitsch17:14.52Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)
3.9Michaela Quinn17:20.07Elmhurst (York)
4.12Kate Dickman17:33.29LaGrange (Lyons)
5.11Audrey Allman17:34.57Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West)
6.10Brooke Berger17:37.81Elmhurst (York)
7.10Catherine Sommerfeld17:44.94LaGrange (Lyons)
8.10Bria Bennis17:46.41Elmhurst (York)
9.10Morgan Sandlund17:47.89St. Charles (East)
10.11Katelyn Winton17:49.83Elmhurst (York)

Girls Team Standings:
1.Elmhurst (York)40
3.St. Charles (East)111
4.LaGrange (Lyons)137
5.St. Charles (North)149
6.Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)151
8.South Elgin208
9.Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West)212
10.Park Ridge (Maine South)218
11.Rockton (Hononegah)267
12.Algonquin (Jacobs)278
14.Rockford (Auburn)376
15.Carpentersville (Dundee-Crown)409

Boys Team Standings:
1.St. Charles (East)58
2.Elmhurst (York)63
3.LaGrange (Lyons)67
4.Park Ridge (Maine South)154
5.Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)161
6.Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West)177
7.St. Charles (North)215
8.Algonquin (Jacobs)218
11.Chicago (Taft)291|
14.Rockton (Hononegah)347
15.Rockford (Auburn)419

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