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Cross Country: Illiana Christian’s experience shows at state

IllianChristian's Jordan Dekker reaches out congratulate Nick Fiene (1272) after Fiene finished 38th Class 2A boys race Detweiller Park. KevVroegh

Illiana Christian's Jordan Dekker reaches out to congratulate Nick Fiene (1272) after Fiene finished 38th in the Class 2A boys race at Detweiller Park. Kevin Vroegh (1279) is in the middle. | Tim Tierney~For Sun-Times Media

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State
Cross Country

Local Results

BOYS

CLASS 3A

Teams

Sandburg (11th): Pat McMahon 14:58 (38), Chris Hogan 15:06 (52), Pat Letz 15:16 (77), Will Becker 15:36 (131), Nicholas Prajka 15:36 (132).

Lincoln-Way Central (23rd): Chris Kaminski 15:17 (79), Joey Nelson 15:38 (137), Dru Rozewicki 15:40 (143), Tommy Kolacki 15:44 (154), Kevin Fabian 15:45 (158).

Individuals

Kyle Hauser, Marist, 14:55 (34); Abel Hernandez, Shepard, 15:08 (61); Will Giroux, Lockport, 15:13 (72); Matt Anyiwo, H-F, 15:22 (94); Kenneth Allen, Thornwood, 15:33 (122); Khalil Lightbourne, Thornwood, 15:40 (141); Jesse Unzueta, Thornwood, 15:43 (152); Luke Johnston, Lincoln-Way East, 16:08 (189).

CLASS 2A

Teams

Illiana Christian (6th): Tony Wondaal 14:50 (13), Nick Fiene 15:19 (38), Colin DeYoung 15:22 (49), Nick Wondaal 15:23 (50), Kevin Vroegh 15:49 (97).

Individuals

Dan O’Keefe, Mount Carmel, 15:32 (63); Ryan Kennedy, Lincoln-Way West, 15:59 (119); Matt Przeslicke, Evergreen Park, 16:03 (130); Camren Howard, Marian Catholic, 16:10 (136); Aaron Oldanie, Lemont, 16:21 (156); Jacob Widstrom, Bremen, 16:46 (184).

CLASS 1A

Individuals

Grant Nykaza, Beecher, 14:22 (1).

GIRLS

CLASS 3A

Teams

Sandburg (13th): Carly Krull 16:58 (15), Grace Foley 17:01 (17), Jacquelyn Schirmacher 18:22 (118), Maggie Sobolewski 18:22 (121), Renee Letz 18:28 (133).

Lockport (18th): Kimberly Johnson 17:59 (86), Courtney Correa 18:00 (90), Bianca Wiemeyer 18:06 (99), Taylor Stortz 18:22 (120), Madeline Rodriguez 18:36 (146).

Lincoln-Way East (24th): Kaley McLawhorn 18:20 (115), Samantha Ostmann 18:26 (131), Kristy Dertz 18:58 (180), Anna Conboy 19:26 (197), Kendall Nepote 19:39 (200).

Lincoln-Way Central (25): Elizabeth Venezio 18:43 (155), Mallory Johnson 18:54 (173), Taylor Martinez 19:24 (194), JJ Robinson 19:25 (195), Keygan Balaja 19:26 (196).

Individuals

Lauren Loomis, Shepard, 17:48 (66); Maggie O’Loughlin, Marist, 17:55 (76); Moira McDermott, Marist, 18:16 (108); Abby Casey, Lincoln-Way North, 18:51 (167).

CLASS 2A

Teams

Illiana Christian (10th): Alexa Beezhold 17:41 (15), Lauren Brink 18:34 (66), Kristen Brink 18:37 (72), Emma Pawlowski 18:45 (88), Alex Clausing 19:25 (134).

Individuals

Natalie Waters, Lincoln-Way West, 17:36 (13); Claire Gagen, Lemont, 18:26 (54); Victoria Salazar, Lemont, 18:37 (71).

CLASS 1A

Teams

Beecher (25th): Jade Dooley 20:14 (137), Julieanne Salmen 20:28 (148), Abby Bultema 21:06 (173), Danielle Nehmer 21:06 (174), Theresa Hoge 21:29 (181).

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:25AM



The state cross country meet just keeps getting better for Illiana Christian.

Although it’s not unusual for the boys and girls squads to finish among the top 20, both Illiana Christian teams made the top 10 Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

The boys finished sixth in Class 2A with 202 points while the girls were 10th with a 297 total. Last year, the boys were 12th (328) and the girls 16th (381).

Tony Wondaal (13th, 14 minutes, 50 seconds) and Alexa Beezhold (15th, 17:41), both juniors, earned All-State recognition Saturday by finishing among the top 25 individuals. Wondaal was 30th in the 2011 state meet.

“You learn where to make moves, what to avoid,” Wondaal said. “Every year it feels new and fresh because we only run it once a year. It’s such an awesome atmosphere.”

Twin sisters Lauren and Kristen Brink were the second and third runners for Illiana Christian, finishing 66th and 72nd, respectively.

“We pretty much all had (personal records),” Lauren said. “It was really exciting. I was really surprised I did so well.”

“You just have so much adrenaline because so many people are there,” Kristen said. “You didn’t even think that you were in pain. You just wanted to finish.”

Girls coach Deb Top said the Brinks did better than they thought they could.

“The twins, we said 18:30 to 18:35,” Top said. “They were like ‘That’s too fast. We don’t think we can.’ And they ran 18:34. I know the girls really wanted a top 10 place.”

Packed too tight

Sandburg came home with an 11th-place finish for the boys team and 13th place for the girls.

“The state field has gotten tighter since I started coaching, more and more packed,” boys coach John O’Malley said. “The times you ran today, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, you’re in trophy contention.”

Senior Pat McMahon finished 38th (14:58) to lead Sandburg’s boys.

“The tank was empty, I might have gone out a little too hard,” he said. “Overall, it’s hard to be disappointed. We’ve had a great season, we’ve had some big wins.”

Sophomore jinx

The prognosis is good for sophomore Haley Beaumont, Lockport’s top runner who missed the state series because of a stress fracture.

“She had a great season when she did run,” Lockport coach Evon Marie Schlotter said. “She’s going to heal relatively quickly. I need to train her a little differently next year.”

After Beaumont led Lockport to the SouthWest Suburban Blue title, the Porters regrouped without her to win their regional and take fourth in the sectional.

“They just decided they needed to run harder, and they did,” Schlotter said. “Otherwise they wouldn’t have made it down here.”



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