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Cross Country: Sandburg’s Krull, McMahon race to Blue titles

Updated: November 15, 2012 6:34AM



The steady rain that fell Saturday morning at Channahon Community Park didn’t put a damper on the day for Sandburg’s cross country program.

Carly Krull won the SouthWest Suburban Blue girls title by almost a minute, Pat McMahon took first in the boys race and Sandburg finished with five runners in the top 10 to claim another boys team championship.

Krull, a junior, covered the course in a brisk 16 minutes, 59 seconds, finishing ahead of freshman teammate Grace Foley (17:51.4), whose strong runner-up effort also topped last year’s winning time (18:09).

“At the start, I was trying to get out and establish myself in the front,’’ Krull said. “From there, making sure you don’t settle and keep pushing.’’

Krull ran track her first two years. This season is her first on the cross country team.

“I was a swimmer freshman and sophomore year,’’ Krull said. “I’ve been running on the side for fun.

“I decided one day that I liked running more. I decided cross country would be a good idea this year.’’

Sandburg took second to Lockport, which retained its girls team title with five runners in the top nine: Haley Beaumont (3rd, 18:29.5), Bianca Wiemeyer (4th, 18:31.1), Kimberly Johnson (5th, 18:39), Aubrey Elwood (6th, 18:40.8) and Courtney Correa (9th, 18:51.1).

“Toward the end we found each other,’’ Wiemeyer said. “It felt really good to actually finish right behind each other.’’

“We’re more of a pack this year,’’ Beaumont said. “It’s really good to have our close pack. We work as a team and just keep pushing each other each race.’’

Lincoln-Way East (78), led by Kaley McLawhorn (7th) and Sami Ostmann (8th), edged Lincoln-Way Central (81) for third place.

In the boys race, McMahon (15:07.3) and teammate Pat Letz (15:21.8) came through the chute 1-2.

“My plan was to hit it hard and just hold it the entire time,’’ McMahon said. “After the first turn I took the lead and didn’t feel like giving it up.’’

Also scoring for Sandburg were Chris Hogan (4th, 15:28.3), Nicholas Prajka (7th, 15:36.6) and Will Becker (10th, 15:52.3).

“It was awesome,’’ Sandburg coach John O’Malley said. “They ran the race how we wanted them to, really pressing the second mile. They ran tough today.’’

Chris Kaminski (5th) and Dru Rozewicki (6th) led Lincoln-Way Central (49) to second place ahead of Lockport (101) and Lincoln-Way East (105). Lockport’s Will Giroux finished third (15:25.6).



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