For the first time since 1985, Bloomington High School swept the boys and girls titles in the Big 12 Conference Cross Country Meet at Danville on Saturday. The girls were led by individual champion Kaitlin Skeate, a sophomore who won by nine seconds in 18:30.
The No. 2-state ranked BHS boys scored 44 points to lead a 1-2-3 Intercity sweep that saw Normal Community second (64) and Normal West third (74).
West junior Charlie Wetzel defended his individual title in 15:00, which was 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Nick Doud of BHS. Other scorers for the defending champion Purple Raiders were Bradyn Olmstead (6th, 15:51), Evan Turnbull (7th, 15:56), Drew Gibson (10th, 16:14) and Roger Mendiola (19th, 16:28). NCHS was led by Colin Fitzgerald in fifth (15:41).
For the girls, BHS ended a 15-year string of league titles by Peoria Notre Dame, which finished third with 79 points. The Raiders tallied 48 to best runner-up NCHS by 19. Normal West was fourth (86).
Other BHS scorers were Nicte Rivadeneyra-Braswell (7th, 19:31), Anita Calvacante (9th, 19:44), Ibby Smith (15th, 20:04) and Laylani Rivera (16th, 20:07). West's Libby Harmon was fourth (19:02). NCHS was led by Olivia Hartke in ninth (19:44).
U High sweeps league titles: University High defended its boys and girls titles in the Central State Eight Conference Meet at Decatur. The boys scored 37 points to win by nine over Springfield while the Pioneer girls, led by the 1-2 sweep of Ella Bittner (19:06.2) and Mackie Madix (19:06.7), tallied 31 to best Chatham Glenwood by seven.
Jackson McClure led the U High boys in third (15:54). Close behind were teammates Cooper Wilken (5th, 16:07), Dane Alexander (6th, 16:12), Sean Supan (9th, 16:25) and Alex Hess (14th, 16:41).
Other scorers for the Pioneer girls were Lizzy Zacharias (5th, 19:43), Britany Zeimer (9th, 19:56) and Kendy Ummel (14th, 20:21).
Eureka boys, girls win: The Eureka boys scored 47 points and the Eureka girls 21 to sweep the titles in the Eureka Invitational. The El Paso-Gridley boys (56) and girls (57) took second.
Eureka's Emma Argo won the girls title in 17:51 ahead of teammate Alexi Fogo (18:40). EPG's Ruby Slightom was third (18:57). For the boys, Deer Creek-Mackinaw's Colby Johnson won in 15:45 while Eureka's Kyle Johnson took second (15:49) and EPG's Noah Smith was third (15:55).
Prairie Central girls 15th at Peoria: Prairie Central's girls, led by Jadyn Stephens in 65th (20:41), scored 472 points to finish 15th in the 30-team Patriot Invitational at Peoria. The Prairie Central boys were 39th (969).
Central third in tourney: Central Catholic ended 4-1 and took third place in the Saints Fall Classic at Shirk Center.
On Saturday, the Saints (18-13) defeated Jacksonville Routt (25-14, 25-20) and Mount Zion (25-23, 25-20) while Newark downed Central, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17. Mallory Bergbower had 20 kills and Kate Moorman-Wolfe a team-high 68 assists Saturday. Lauren O'Donnell led in digs with 38.
U High eighth in Plainfield meet: University High went 2-3 in the Plainfield Fall Harvest Festival to finish 8th among 32 teams. Alayna Crabtree had 50 kills and Isabel Schaefbauer 83 assists and 27 kills to lead the Pioneers.
After scoring a pair of wins Friday, U High went winless in closing out the tourney Saturday, falling to Nazareth Academy 25-23, 25-21, losing 25-19, 27-29, 25-23 to Waunakee (Wis.) and dropping a 25-23, 20-25, 25-22 decision to Naperville North.
Dee-Mack fifth in Fall Classic: Deer Creek-Mackinaw finished fifth in the Saints Fall Classic at Shirk Center with Carson Smalley being named to the all-tournament team. The Chiefs were 4-1 in the tourney after three wins Saturday. Dee-Mack defeated Lincoln 25-16, 25-16 before scoring a 27-25, 25-16 win over Belleville East and a 25-21, 29-27 win over Morton.
Smalley had 25 kills and 10 digs Saturday, leaving her with 36 kills, six aces and 27 digs in the tourney.