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El Paso-Gridley High School cross country star Bo Halvorsen (298) expects to battle Central Catholic's Will Dionesotes (center) and teammate Noah Smith (312) in Saturday's Class 1A Elmwood Sectional. 

Sectional cross country primer

Who advances: Top five teams, top seven individuals not on those teams and any individual in the top 10 to the Nov. 4 state meet at Peoria’s Detweiller Park.


Elmwood Sectional

When: Saturday at Maple Lane Country Club – Girls, 10 a.m.; Boys, 11 a.m.

Area boys teams: Deer Creek-Mackinaw, El Paso-Gridley, Tremont, Olympia, Eureka.

Area boys individuals: Will Dionesotes, Central Catholic; Drew Guimond, Tri-Valley; Matthew Kovich, Tri-Valley; Devon Butler, Heyworth; Ty Brennan, Clinton.

Area girls teams: Eureka, Olympia, Tremont, El Paso-Gridley, Tri-Valley.

Area girls individuals: Payne Turney, Clinton; Mikayla Moore, Deer Creek-Mackinaw; Stephanie Brown, Heyworth; Katie Springer Delavan.

FYI: Based on Runnerspace.com state rankings, the boys teams expected to advance include No. 2 Elmwood, No. 3 Athens, No. 6 Deer Creek-Mackinaw, No. 8 Monticello and No. 15 EPG. Underdogs in the hunt are No. 17 Eureka and No. 20 Tremont. Ranked girls teams include No. 5 Monticello, No. 7 Eureka, No. 9 Williamsville, No. 11 Decatur St. Teresa and No. 13 Olympia. No. 24 EPG and No. 25 Tremont are long shots. The area’s leading individuals include Eureka’s Emma Argo for the girls and Tremont’s Leland Sumer for the boys.

Oregon Sectional

When: Saturday at Oregon Park West – Girls, 10 a.m.; Boys, 11 a.m.

Area boys teams: Pontiac, Fieldcrest, Prairie Central.

Area boys individuals: Dan Muller, Gardner-Dwight; J.C. Santos, Gardner-Dwight.

Area girls teams: Prairie Central, Lowpoint-Washburn-Roanoke-Benson.

Area girls individuals: Sadie White, Fieldcrest; Rylie Bond, Gardner-Dwight; Sydney White, Fieldcrest.

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FYI: Runnerspace.com predicts the Prairie Central boys and girls will both finish 10th. The Pontiac boys are tabbed for 11th and the LWRB girls for 12th.


University High Sectional

When: Saturday at Normal’s Maxwell Park – Girls, 10 a.m.; Boys, 11:30 a.m.

Area boys teams: U High, Bloomington, Normal West, Streator.

Area boys individual: Blake Jones, Lincoln.

Area girls teams: U High, Normal West.

Area girls individuals: Kaitlin Skeate, BHS; Ibby Smith, BHS; Rebecca Neaterour, Streator; Abby Seaton, Streator.

FYI: The boys rankings say No. 1 U High, No. 2 Mahomet-Seymour, No. 8 BHS, No. 12 Normal West and No. 13 Metamora will advance. For the girls, look for No. 1 Dunlap, No. 4 Mahomet-Seymour, No. 5 U High, No. 9 Peoria Notre Dame and No. 10 Washington to move on. The No. 18 Normal West girls are picked to finish eighth. The area’s individual boy and girl leaders are expected to be U High’s Jared Schuckman and Lyndsey Wolters, respectively.


Granite City Sectional

When: Saturday at Granite City’s Wilson Park – Girls, 10:30 a.m.; Boys, 11:30 a.m.

Area boys team: Normal Community

Area girls individual: Anita Cavalcante, NCHS.

FYI: Runnerspace.com picks the NCHS boys to finish seventh behind No. 18 Yorkville, No. 21 Edwardsville, O’Fallon, Lincoln-Way East, Minooka and Lincoln-Way Central. In the regional, the Ironmen were led by Nathan Witte. A sophomore, Cavalcante has state experience from track as a 3,200-meter relay member.

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— Compiled by Randy Sharer



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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