CROSS-COUNTRY

Here are Peoria's 12 breakout runners so far this IHSA cross country postseason

Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Correction: The year in school for Illinois Valley Central runner Brecken Fahrenkrug was incorrect in previous versions of this story.

Illinois High School Associationcross country sectionals across the three classes take place on Saturday.

In Class 1A, the top six teams and the first 10 runners not on advancing teams move on to the IHSA state finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria. For Class 2A and 3A, the top seven teams along with those next 10 finishers not on those teams are also headed to state.

The Peoria area is well-represented at the sectional level with these 12 breakout runners from regionals:

Joey Cave, Peoria Notre Dame

The senior is making a push to help the Irish make it down the road to Detweiller. He took fifth overall in 17:37.2 at The Yeti CC Course at Donovan Park as PND finished second to Morton, 33-55 at the PND Regional. Cave and junior Andrew Elward (fourth, 17:34.6) were the lone top-10 Irish finishers at the regional.

IVC's Brecken Fahrenkrug competes in the Boys Class 1A race of the First to the Finish Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at Detweiller Park. Fahrenkrug finished 21st with a time of 16:26.4.

Brecken Fahrenkrug, Illinois Valley Central

The Grey Ghosts aren't advancing to the Elmwood Sectional as a team, but Fahrenkrug will be carrying the maroon and grey banner. His sixth-place overall finish in 15:48.32 gave the 105-runner field seven runners under 15:50. The junior has not finished outside the top 10 in seven races this season.

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Jayne Hermann, Washington

Freshmen rule for the Panthers, who won the Class 2A Peoria Notre Dame Regional by 20 points over Peoria Notre Dame, 39-59. Hermann was the sixth-place overall finisher in 20:42 on the 3.1-mile course at The Yeti CC Course at Donovan Park. Washington's frosh finishers were Sophia Ramierz (first, 19:46.4) and Madeleine James (eighth, 20:52.9).

Carson Lehman, Eureka

The junior was the second-place Hornets finisher, placing fifth overall in 15:45.32 at Lower Lake Park in Eureka. Lehman and third-place overall finisher Charlie Bardwell (15:37.79) gave the Hornets a second-place team finish to Normal U-High, 29-48. Now, Lehman, Bardwell and the rest of Eureka head to Elmwood Sectional at Maple Lane Country Club.

Nellie Melick, El Paso-Gridley

Nellie Melick, El Paso-Gridley

The sophomore helped the Titans to a third-place team finish at the 1A Eureka Regional. Melick won the individual crown in 18:16.56 at the 3-mile Lower Lake Park course. Melick, Carol Wettstein (sixth, 18:48.8) and Sophie Hinthorne (12th, 19:46.4) give the Heart of Illinois Conference three sectional-bound teams — EP-G, Eureka and Tremont.

Julia Mingus, Peoria Notre Dame

The sophomore has emerged as the Irish's top runner, taking third overall at the 2A PND Regional in 20:35.6 on her home course — The Yeti CC Course at Donovan Park. Classmate Grace Yontz was fourth at 20:41.9. Mingus has 11 top-10 finishes this season is a big reason PND will compete for the Metamora Sectional at Black Partridge Park.

Eureka's Laurel Munson (134) crosses the finish line in 18th place with a time of 18:22.99 to help the Hornets to a third-place finish in the Class 1A girls state cross country championship Saturday Nov. 6, 2021 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Laurel Munson, Eureka

The Hornets head to the 1A Elmwood Sectional at Maple Lane Country Club as regional champions thanks to Munson's third-place overall finish. The senior was the Hornets' top finisher with 18:39.57 on the Lower Lake Park course. Munson along with Meika Bender (fifth, 18:48.02) and Claire Albertson (ninth, 19:32.51) give Eureka a shot at the sectional title.

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Mika Nelson, Elmwood/Brimfield

The sophomore was the fourth-place finisher in 16:59.7 at the 1A Macomb Regional. Nelson was the No. 2 runner behind teammate Isaiah Hill, who covered the 3-mile course at Spring Lake Park in 16:23.9. The Trojans dominated the field, winning the regional with 19 points as the top-five E/B runners finished just under a minute apart.

Chase Sauder, Morton

Sauder has been a very solid No. 3 runner for the Potters, taking third overall at the 2A PND Regional in 17:25.3 at The Yeti CC Course at Donovan Park. The senior teamed with a pair of juniors in Josh Weeks (first, 16:30.9) and Yonas Wuthrich (second, 17:15.6) that gave Morton a 22-point victory over PND, 33-55 in the regional.

Meg Simmons, South Fulton

Simmons completed her ninth victory of the season by winning the 1A Macomb Regional. The senior ran the 3-mile course at Spring Lake Park in 19:06.7. This time was nearly 20 seconds faster than the runner-up. Simmons and the Rebels head to the 1A Elmwood Sectional after a fourth-place finish.

Addie Symonds, Elmwood/Brimfield

With E/B winning the 1A Macomb Regional, the junior was the second-place overall finisher at 19:26.4. She helped the Trojans edge Quincy Notre Dame, 39-45. Symonds was the first E/B finisher followed by a trio of E/B top-10 finishers: Natalie Babock (seventh, 21:02.8), Chloe Kelly (eighth, 21:04.7) and Ashley Wolcott (ninth, 21:08.2).

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Dax Ulm, Farmington

Ulm heads to the 1A Elmwood Sectional at Maple Lane Country Club after a seventh-place finish. The freshman covered the 3-mile course at Spring Lake Park in Macomb in 17:19.3. This marked his sixth top-10 finish during his first varsity season.

Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at aduvall@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.