Cross Country: Marist girls, Sandburg boys win titles
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media September 14, 2013 9:38PM
Brother Rice's James Durkin is first to the finish Saturday in the boys race of the Running Rams Invitational. | Tim Tierney\For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:56AM
A little sibling rivalry was plenty of motivation for Marist’s Annmarie Leonard during the Running Rams Invitational at Reavis.
“I started out really slow, but my little sister, Maryclare, she really pushed me,’’ Annmarie said. “No one else on the team can do that like she can, just the little sister thing.’’
Annmarie, a senior, and Maryclare, a freshman, finished 1-2 in the girls race Saturday to lead Marist to the championship of the 23-school meet.
The top five teams were Marist (31), Plainfield North (61), Mother McAuley (65), Hinsdale South (107) and Shepard (184).
Annmarie Leonard covered the course with a winning time of 18 minutes, 45.7 seconds. Maryclare was on her sister’s heels to the end, taking second in 18:46.4.
“It’s pretty cool,’’ Annmarie said of sharing the spotlight with her sister. “We’ll definitely look back on it.’’
“She was ahead of me and I caught up with her,’’ Maryclare said. “I told her ‘We’ve got to keep going.’ She told me the same thing. She was pushing me and I was pushing her.’’
Marist’s top five were the Leonard sisters, Julie Yaeger (4th, 19:09), Catherine Viz (5th, 19:22.4) and Sarah Gregory (19th, 20:40).
“Julie Yaeger got out and really set the pace for them,’’ Marist coach Pat Quinn said. “It bodes well to have a group like that working together.’’
In the boys race, Brother Rice senior James Durkin had the finish line to himself, taking first in 15:42.2.
“My coaches were saying all year, ‘Pace the first two miles’ and then whatever I can do in the last mile,’’ Durkin said. “The 5-minute first mile was a little slow. Then it was just stay with the front. I felt good, so I figured make a move at two miles.’’
“He ran smart,’’ Brother Rice coach Tom Wazio said. “He took over at the right point. He looked strong coming in.’’
With a straight face, Durkin said the difference between Saturday and not running well a week earlier when cramps hit at the Lyons Invitational may have been his breakfast.
“Last week I had a whole bagel, jelly, an orange juice and a banana,’’ he said. “Today I only had half a bagel and an apple.’’
The top five boys teams in the 24-school field were Sandburg (59), Marist (90), Hinsdale South (125), Brother Rice (152) and Homewood-Flossmoor (168).
“We were resting a couple guys today, too,’’ Sandburg coach John O’Malley said. “We’re pretty deep. Several guys stepped up.’’
Sandburg’s top five were Will Becker (5th, 15:54), Max Lehnhardt (7th), Mike Brower (14th), Matt Benz-Weeden (15th) and Brady Walter (18th).
Sandburg won the team title even with sophomore Dan Laskero running in the frosh-soph race, which he won in 15:53.
Marist’s Kyle Haberkorn was second (15:50) in the varsity race, H-F’s Matt Anyiwo took third (15:51.8) and Marist’s Luke Haberkorn was fourth (15:52.9).