CROSS-COUNTRY

Who's advancing to boys and girls cross country state finals in the Springfield area?

Bill Welt
State Journal-Register
Lincoln's Brenden Heitzig (1791) jockeys for position during the Class 2A boys state cross country championship Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Heitzig finished 17th in a time of 15:15.32.

Lincoln senior Brenden Heitzig garnered second place in the Class 2A Chatham Glenwood boys cross country sectional on Saturday.  

Ditto his sister, Becca, on the girls side.  

They will next compete in the state finals at Peoria’s Detweiller Park on Saturday. The girls race starts at 11 a.m., followed by the boys at noon. 

Here are the top qualifying teams and individuals from the area’s sectional meets. 

CLASS 2A BOYS 

AT GLENWOOD 

Brenden Heitzig finished runner-up in 15 minutes, 2.20 seconds behind Marion’s Dylon Nalley (14:06.3). Lincoln senior Jake Bivin had the area’s next time in 15:50.80 for 15th place.  

Taylorville junior Owen Morgan (15:52.50) and Chatham Glenwood senior Eli Morsch (15:53.50) followed in 16th and 17th place, respectively.  

Glenwood garnered fourth place to advance to the state finals as a team. Senior Lleyton Turk reached 19th place in 15:54.40.  

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CLASS 1A BOYS 

AT ELMWOOD 

Williamsville senior Daniel Giacomini gained eighth place in 15:57.86 and the Bullets advanced as a team in fifth place.  

Senior teammate Avery Glasgow took 14th in 16:14.45. 

Plains will also appear in the state finals with its sixth-place finish in the team standings. 

Junior Jack Willenborg (16:19.41) led the Cardinals in 19th place.  

Petersburg PORTA’s Haven Gronewold qualified individually with a time of 16:13.62. 

Auburn freshman James Baisden (16:27.36) and Franklin senior Robby Biesenthal (16:31.10) also made the cut. 

AT ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN 

Litchfield junior Camden Quarton garnered eighth place in 15:50.76. 

CLASS 2A GIRLS 

AT GLENWOOD 

Becca reached the finish line in 17:14.20 for the silver medal behind Olney Richland County’s Tatum David’s 16:43.50.  

Chatham Glenwood, Rochester and Springfield High went second, third and sixth place in the team standings to advance to the state finals.  

Freshman Ashlyn Chopra (18:03.70) led the runner-up Titans in seventh place while junior teammate Ava Gorrie (18:29) was 13th. Freshman Ally Knudson (18:44.5) claimed 17th.

Rochester senior Colleen Zeibert posted the area’s second-best time in 17:46.20 for sixth place while her younger sister and freshman teammate Ashley was 10th in 18:19.60. Freshman teammate Natalie Nichols followed in 11th place with a time of 18:20.80.  

Springfield High senior Madeline Kim (18:23.40) reached 12th while freshman teammate Phoebe Barnes (18:42.80) was 17th.

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CLASS 1A GIRLS 

AT ELMWOOD 

Williamsville sophomore Louisa Wilson claimed the individual sectional title in 17:59.32 while Pleasant Plains won the team trophy.

Freshman Caroline Willenborg (18:29.69) led Plains in fifth place individually while senior Jaidynn Albers (19:18.33) earned 16th. Freshman Alaina Hawker claimed 20th in 19:25.43.  

Sacred Heart-Griffin breached the cut in sixth place as a team. Senior Vivian Rahmel (19:35.61) paced the Cyclones, followed by junior Grayson Hady (19:39.89) and senior Kaitlyn Lee (19:45.16). 

Contact Bill Welt: (217) 788-1545, bill.welt@sj-r.com, Twitter.com/BillWelt