Trinity, Elmwood Park individuals qualify for state
BENSENVILLE — A week after scoring a perfect 15 in the regional, the St. Viator girls cross country team was out to prove it wasn’t a fluke.
The Lions did just that Saturday as they won the Class 2A Fenton Sectional title with a meet-low 22 points. Jones was the team runner-up with 58 points.
St. Viator senior Hanna Winter set a course and Fenton Sectional record, finishing in 18 minutes, 6.04 seconds, which was nearly 11.5 seconds faster than her teammate and runner-up Meghan Carroll (18:17.63). Julia Heller (Jones, 19:15.58), Sarah Curci (U-High, 19:33.56) and Shannon Cooney (St. Viator (19:41.81) rounded out the top five.
“I really wasn’t expecting this. I was just hoping to run well,’’ Winter said. “I didn’t run as well as I had hoped last week, so it was good to get this. I had no idea about the record until everybody started yelling it at the end. That’s pretty cool.”
Mather (85 points), U-High (174 points) and Fenton (180 points) rounded out the top five teams and qualified for the state meet.
Dominique LoVerde (St. Viator, 19:53.28), Jennifer Geary (Jones, 19:59.31), Katie Malek (St. Viator, 20:02.06), Julia Muller (Jones, 20:02.57) and Daisy Mora (Jones, 20:04.32) also finished in the top 10.
Trinity finished the meet in sixth place with 184 points, missing out of the team’s first trip to state by four points. The Blazers, however, will send two runners, Emily Doyle (20:25.02, 14th place) and Erin Nelson (20:58.08, 24th place) to the state meet on Nov. 3. Both runners are freshmen and they will be the first two Trinity runners to ever compete in the cross country state meet.
Elmwood Park finished one spot behind Trinity with 200 points. Senior Bre Ziegler, who finished in 15th place with a time of 20:27.59, will be the lone Elmwood Park representative at state.