You couldn’t have asked for better weather on a sunny but cool Saturday morning for the girls and boys Big Northern Conference cross country races. At Fuller Forest Preserve in Winnebago County, Rock Falls’ Bailee Fortney dominated. She won by 17 seconds to claim the individual conference championship. The next runner behind her was Natalia Martino of Winnebago. Marissa Roggensack and Kaylee Woolery of Winnebago finished fifth and sixth. Two more Winnebago runners finished in the top nine with Katie Erb in eighth place and Grace Erb in ninth. Winnebago won the team championship with 30 points. Dixon was second and Rock Falls was third.
The boys race had Rock Falls’ Dawson Smith finish in first place, 26 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Dixon’s Christian Seagren and Brock Dregenberg took second and third. Dixon placed six runners in the top nine to literally run away with the team championship. Rockford Christian finished in second place.