The No. 2-state ranked Bloomington High School boys cross country team scored 66 points to win the 20-team East Peoria Invitational on Saturday while the Eureka girls, led by individual champion Emma Argo, tallied 88 to best an 18-team field.

The Purple Raider boys topped runner-up University High by three points. Normal West's Charlie Wetzel led area entrants in second, clocking 15:10 on a 3-mile course where Mahomet-Seymour's Mathias Powell won in 15:05.

Nick Doud was third (15:15) for BHS, which also scored Bradyn Olmstead (6th, 15:54), Evan Turnbull (9th, 16:02), Drew Gibson (20th, 16:32) and Quinn Olson (28th, 16:41).

For the girls, Argo won by 15 seconds in 17:38. Other Hornet scorers were Alexi Fogo (7th, 18:35), Tessa Wiegand (21st, 19:28), Lexi Grober (25th, 19:33) and Elle Knapp (34th, 19:55).

U High finished third (116) and Normal Community sixth (179). Olivia Hartke led the Iron in sixth (18:32).

EPG boys 2nd, girls 4th: The El Paso-Gridley boys scored 88 points to finish second in the 26-team St. Joseph-Ogden Invitational where Monticello won with 78. The EPG girls were fourth among 24 teams with 140 points.

Tremont's Leland Sumer led area finishers in second (15:12) as only Monticello's Garrett Dixon (14:40) was faster. EPG was led by Noah Smith in fifth (15:18). Fourth-place Deer Creek-Mackinaw (211) was paced by Colby Johnson in ninth (15:46).

For the girls, Cate Atkins of EPG led area entrants in seventh (18:12). Other top area efforts came from Delavan's Katie Springer (9th, 18:22) and Tremont's Lizzy Freidinger (11th, 18:30).


U High takes second: Jadyn Spinks fired an 81 to lead University High to second place in the Dragon Classic at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin.

U High shot a 348 total and was six strokes behind Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in the 17-team field. Normal Community finished third at 351, with Eureka fifth (354) and Central Catholic sixth (355).

Sacred Heart-Griffin's Sofia Lewis earned medalist honors with 80, while Spinks and Allison Pacocha of Eureka tied for second. Another stroke back and tied for fourth at 82 were NCHS' Amanda Gravelle and Carolyn Pacocha of Eureka, while U High's Lexi Onsrud and NCHS' Allison Enchelmayer tied for ninth with 83s.


NCHS in scoreless tie: Matthew Wells stopped four shots as Normal Community and host Edwardsville played to a 0-0 tie in a nonconference match.

"I'm proud of our defense and midfield and the way we followed the game plan. They're a good team," said NCHS coach Matt Chapman, whose team is 8-2-5. "We had a couple chances and were able to stop them on their chances."

West plays to tie: Justin O'Brien's goal put Normal West ahead in the second half before Bradley-Bourbonnais came back to earn a 2-all tie at Bourbonnais.

Jordan Walker scored in the first half for West (10-4-2) off an assist by Zach Bergeron in the first half, which ended at 1-1. Adam Conrad had an assist on O'Brien's tally. Bourbonnais outshot the Wildcats, 5-4, with West goalkeeper Jacob Davis making three saves.

U High falls: Champaign Central scored with three minutes left to take a 3-2 nonconference victory over University High at Champaign.

Cayden Redd's goal, off an assist by Camben Brown, gave U High (11-4) a 1-0 halftime lead. Brown's unassisted goal tied the match at 2-all before the Pioneers missed a penalty kick with 10 minutes left. Champaign Central outshot the Pioneers, 10-9, with U High goalkeeper MacCallan Conklin making seven saves.

Cornerstone rolls: Three goals by Moses Kabuswe and a pair by Brian Matipa powered Cornerstone Christian to a 6-1 victory over Urbana Uni-High in an East Central Illinois Conference match at Normal.

Webby Phiri added the other goal for Cornerstone (14-2, 4-0), which held a 4-0 halftime lead. Sam Walker made 10 saves against Uni-High (11-3-3, 3-1), while Matipa had two assists and James Scott and Nathaniel Phinney one each for the Cyclones.


Unity blanks Olympia: Tolono Unity quarterback Nate Reinhart threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Rockets downed Olympia, 45-0, in an Illini Prairie Conference game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

The Spartans (1-4, 1-4) mustered only 108 yards of offense. Unity (1-4, 1-4) scored 31 points in the second quarter to take a 45-0 halftime lead, resulting in a running clock in the second half.

Olympia's Matthew Cooksey, who rushed for 200-plus yards in three straight games, was limited to 46 yards on 19 carries. The Spartans allowed 332 yards.

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