Harriers do well at Kewanee, Princeton

Mindy Carls
Charger girls winning medals on Thursday, Oct. 2, at Princeton are, from left, Hannah Larson, 15th; Megan Miller, sixth; and Jamie Harrington, 30th. They led the Chargers to fourth place overall.

The Orion girls cross country team has been stocking up on the hardware lately.

After placing second among seven teams at the sixth annual Kewanee Boiler Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 27, the Chargers came in fourth among seven teams at the Princeton Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Sherrard won the Kewanee meet on the golf course at Baker Park. The Tigers scored 62 points, followed by the Chargers, 73; the Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central Grey Ghosts, 84; the Mendota Trojans, 90; the Spring Valley Hall Red Devils, 106; the AlWood-ROWVA co-op, 124; and the Ottawa Marquette Crusaders, 132.

Shelbie Pettie of Sherrard topped the 79-runner field with a time of 19 minutes, 57 seconds over the 3.0-mile course.

Brittany Bush led the Chargers with a ninth-place finish in 22:46. Hannah Larson was on her heels, coming in 10th at 22:48. Megan Miller’s 23:07 was good enough for 13th place.

Also scoring for the Chargers were Brooke Bush, 26th, 24:10, and Jamie Harrington, 27th, 24:19.

Other Charger harriers were Kayla Descamps, 39th, 25:22; Morgan Martin, 51st, 25:54; and Shannon Gambon, 65th, 29:17.

At City-County Park in Princeton, the first-place team was Sterling Newman Central Catholic. Mendota was second with 62; Hall, third, 94; Orion, fourth, 99; Princeton, fifth, 107; Marquette, sixth, 110; and Bureau Valley, seventh, 121.

Emilie Barton of Newman won the 3.0-mile race in 19:37.

Among the 64 girls who finished, Miller was sixth in 20:52.6; Larson, 15th, 22:00.5; Harrington, 30th, 23:19.1; Descamps, 31st, 23:31.8; and Gambon, 61st, 28:41.4.

Orion did not have a full team for the boys race at either meet.

At Kewanee, Luke Owens came in 27th with a time of 19:40. Also running were Chris Schmidt, 46th, 22:46, and Darin Bohl, 47th, 22:50.

The winner was Nick Skromme of Marquette, who clocked 16:45.

In Princeton, the top Charger was Owens. He crossed the finish line in 26th place following a run of 18:02.9.

Schmidt came in 55th at 21:29.7 and John Fielding, 57th, 21:41.4.

Dylan Reyes of Newman won in 15:59.6.

With only four girls and four boys in the Elmwood-Brimfield Invitational, the Chargers did not have a full team for either varsity race on Monday, Oct. 6, at Maple Lane Country Club, Elmwood.

Pettie won the girls race in 18:58.

Running for Orion were Miller, 40th, 22:52; Harrington, 45th, 23:18; Descamps, 25:55; and Martin, 89th, 27:54.

Ryan Bybee of Elmwood-Brimfield raced over the course in 16:03 for first place in the boys race.

For the Chargers, Owens came in 41st with a time of 18:14; Bohl, 124th, 21:51; and Fielding, 131st, 22:24.