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Illinois week
10/26/02

by IllinoisRunner.com

| Lockport | Charleston | Palatine |


This weekend some great times and places were put up. All the top teams in the state advanced rather easily, and some teams that didn't expect to go to sectionals came up big. Next weekend at sectionals will be a battle field, as the top teams in the state come forth. Stay Tuned. Here are some highlights of this weekends action.


Lockport Regional
Three ranked boys teams were at this meet, along with unranked Naperville Central who has run strong all year. #3 Lockport Twp. won the meet with 46 points, beating #10 Naperville North, who scored 59 points for second. Coming in third was #13 Neuqua Valley with 64 points, while Naperville Central advanced with 81 points in fourth. Taking the last spot was Hinsdale South with 145 points. Jeremy Williams (Lockport Twp.), who has been running excellent all year, won the meet in 15:38, outkicking second place Sean Hardy (Nap. Central) who ran 15:39.
In the girls race #12 Neuqua Valley suprised the field, winning the meet rather easily with 48 points over second place #9 Naperville North (68 points). Coming in third was #15 Naperville Central with 74 points, just beating Lockport Township, who was in fourth with 75 points. Hinsdale South was the last team making it to the next week. Lisa Bonistalli (Nap. North) just beat out Lockport's Sara Covert 18:12-18:15 for the win at this strong regional.


Charleston Regional (3.0 miles - flat and fast)
This was the match-up on the day. The top four runners were all under 15 minutes, while fifth place was under 15:10. Erik Werden (Charleston), who has been running solid all year, beat the strong field, running 14:47. Werden beat second place William McCann (Decatur MacArthur) with a strong kick as McCann ran 14:48. Coming in third was Eric Tietz (Decatur Eisenhower) in 14:58, outkicking fourth place finisher Rey Alvarez (Danville) who ran the same time. Fifth place was Ricky Alvarez (Danville), who is still recovering from an injury. He ran 15:08. This regional was by far the most in depth with individuals. Winning the team title was Decatur MacArthur as they placed four in the top ten winning with 49 points, over second place finisher Charleston with 82 points. Decatur MacArthur really needs their fifth guy to step up over the next couple weeks if they hope to win a team trophy at Detweiller.


Palatine Regional
Palatine vs. Schaumburg on both sides of the meet really turned out to be exciting. On the girls side #4 Schaumburg beat #6 Palatine 48-50, while on the guys side #8 Palatine beat unranked Schaumburg 48-49! Laura Pearson (Schaumburg) dominated the girls field, beating Suzy Turner (Palatine) 17:41-18:07. Coming in third was Jessica Chalmers (Fremd) in 18:11. On the guys side Dan Raleigh (Rolling Meadows) outkicked Schaumburg's Devin Anderson for the second week in a row, winning in 14:53 to Anderson's 14:56. Coming in third and leading Palatine was Jorge Calvillo in 15:05. Both Schaumburg and Palatine squads ran great pack races.


Other Happenings:

Boys

#1 Winnebago guys won their regional as they placed four in the top five, while #2 Eureka won their regional easily, putting their top six in the top six places!
#1 York and #2 Lyons both won their regionals easily. York won the Fenton Regional with a mere 22 points, going 1,2,5,6,8. Lyons, who sat out two of their top runners, won the Argo Regional, placing their top seven in the top nine positions.
Stephen Pifer (Edwardsville) won his regional in 59 seconds, while leading his team to taking the top four spots and only scoring 16 points, on the hilly, muddy, 5k course.
Sam Romanoski (Lake Zurich) won the Mundelein Regional by 20 seconds, pushing from the gun, as he ran 15:18, while Barrington won the team title, putting their top five in the top ten spots.
Junior Matt Withrow (Andrew) won yet again by large margins, as he won the Sandburg Regional by 47 seconds, running 14:36 on the 2.94 course..
#4 New Trier almost lost the Lake Forest Regional, as they just beat unranked Highland Park 45-47.


Girls

#1 Sandburg girls won their regional with 23 points, as they placed their top six in the top nine. They are looking very strong.
#2 Wheaton North also won their regional, finishing with 40 points. They put their top three in the top ten in this very tough regional. Samantha Polock led the way as she won in 17:52.
#3 York and #5 Barrington both won their regionals with less than 30 points.
Meghan Braffet (Normal West) ran 17:43 to win her 3 mile race by 39 seconds over Maureeca Lambert of Bloomington (Bloomington Regional).
Pre-season #1 Wheeling barely made it out of their regional as they went 1-2, but scored 108 points, as their number three girl, Alison Coren, sat the race out.
In Class A #1 Wheaton Academy beat #2 Timothy Christian again, as they won 27-60.

Next week should be even better.

 

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