runners edge U High

The No. 1-state ranked Mahomet-Seymour boys cross country team scored 20 points Saturday to win the 19-team Runnin' Red Invitational at Metamora by 72 points over No. 2-ranked University High.

The Bulldogs swept places 2 through 7 with Andrew Walmer placing second in 14:41.5 behind Metamora winner Jake Gillum (14:40.8). Other Mahomet-Seymour scorers were Gabe Pommier (14:48), Ryan Hodge (14:48), Riley Fortune (14:55) and Ben Craw (14:55).

Zach Wolford led U High in 11th (15:14).

For the girls, Mahomet-Seymour was fourth (140) followed by U High (161). Normal Community was seventh (271). Dunlap won with 28.

U High freshman Katy Clausen led area finishers in fifth (17:39). Megan Churm led Mahomet-Seymour in seventh (17:48) while Olympia's Shelby Siltman grabbed 10th (18:00). Dunlap's Abby Johnson won in 17:20.

Eureka wins title: Eureka High School placed three runners in the top 15 at the 10-team Prairie Central Hawk Invite held in Fairbury where the Hornets earned the meet title with 64 points. Kyle Johnson was sixth with 16:24, Eli Steinbeck was 12th with 17:06, and Connor Standish was 13th with 17:09.

From the area, fourth-place Fieldcrest was led by Logan Schmillen (14th, 17:10); JT Harrold (10th, 16:56) led fifth-place Clinton; sixth-place Pontiac was led by Nate Durham (11th, 17:03); and Prairie Central was eighth behind Jake Maquet (fourth, 16:04).

On the girls side, Eureka (65) won the nine-team field as Emma Argo finished third (18:24). Tessa Wiegand (19:35) was 10th while teammate Natalie Bardwell took 13th (20:10).


BHS tips West in tourney: Bloomington (20-9) earned a 25-18, 24-26, 25-18 victory over Normal West to finish 2-3 in the Mizuno Cup tournament. Bri Bush had 14 kills and 14 digs for the Purple Raiders against the Wildcats and ended the five-match tournament with 47 kills and 52 digs. Earlier on Saturday, the Raiders lost to Prairie Ridge and Naperville North.

After splitting its two Friday night matches, Normal West (13-12) dropped its final three contests. The Wildcats suffered two-set losses to Aurora Rosary and Plainfield Central before the three-set match with BHS. On the day, Jamie Rys had 13 kills, Dara Kane had 29 assists and Carly Goben totaled 19 digs.

Cissna Park earns 5th: Cissna Park placed fifth in the Monmouth United Classic, splitting four pool play matches before sweeping Farmington in the bracket round. The Timberwolves (20-6-2) got 49 kills from Gabby Wessels, who was joined by teammate Olivia Stoller on the all-tournament team. Anna Jennings totaled 91 assists while Jasmine Stock had 45 digs and Stoller added 41.


U High fourth in tourney: University High finished fourth in the eight-team Jacksonville Tournament after a 5-2 semifinal loss to East Moline and a 3-0 defeat to Kaneland in the third-place match.

Nate Clay had both Pioneer goals in the loss to East Moline with assists from J.D. Kelley and Ryan Poland. U High ended the regular season at 10-6-5 and will begin postseason play against Calvary Christian in the Class 1A regional on Tuesday at U High.

Bloomington (6-4-1) got five shutout halves on the weekend, but came away with a scoreless draw, a loss and a win in tourney. The Purple Raiders began the day with a 2-0 loss to Champaign Centennial before earning a 1-0 win over Galesburg.

Djibril Thiam scored the lone BHS goal off an assist from Erik Jones. Keeper Brian Jome mad three saves against Centennial and four against Galesburg, a day after he made eight stops in a draw with Kaneland.

Glenwood clips NCHS: A hand ball violation by Normal Community allowed Henry Eoateng to score the go-ahead goal on the penalty kick as Chatham Glenwood earned a 3-2 nonconference win at Normal.

The Ironmen (10-5-5) trailed 2-0 at halftime but rallied to tie quickly after intermission. Griffin Bruso converted a Michael Reibling assist three minutes into the half and Josef Halcomb tied it on a penalty kick two minutes later.

Eoateng, who assisted Glenwood's first goal and scored the second, netted the winner five minutes after Halcomb tied the match. Austin Woodside made six saves for NCHS, which outshot the visitors 13-9.


NCHS third: Julia Oostman won the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.73) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.29) to help Normal Community place third in the 12-team Panther Invitational at East Moline. The Iron had 227 points, finishing behind Dunlap (284) and Pleasant Valley (261).

Claire Koh placed second in the 100 butterfly (1:02.55) and the 500 freestyle (5:09.35). Oostman and Koh joined Katie Kennedy and Madison Newcomer for a runner-up in the 400 freestyle relay (3:46.84), while the 200 freestyle relay of Kennedy, Newcomer, Sophie Benson and Julia Heimstead also finished second (1:47.11).

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