Cross Country: Lockport girls claim fourth straight conference crown
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 19, 2013 7:46PM
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:54AM
The Lockport team slogan on their T-shirts says it all.
“Prepare To Be Schlottered.”
With longtime coach Evon Schlotter retiring after this season, the Porters came through with one last conference title for her, defeating Sandburg 27-54 Saturday to claim the SouthWest Suburban Blue crown at Channahon Community Park.
“It’s all we wanted, and we wanted to make her proud,” Lockport’s Emmie Hahn said. “We wanted to end with her best yet.”
The conference title was the fourth in a row for the Porters. Freshman Morgan Bollinger led Lockport, finishing the threee-mile course in 18:06.
Also scoring for the Porters were Hahn (3rd, 18:25), Taylor Lotta (4th, 18:26), Karlee Stortz (6th, 18:33) and Aubrey Elwood (13th, 19:02).
Bollinger was dominant, defeating Sandburg’s Casey Jensen (18:23) by 17 seconds.
“Our plan was to run together for the first mile and then I would see who would go with me,” Bollinger said. “I felt good. I went from there.”
Jensen and Gracey Foley (5th, 18:27) led Sandburg to second place.
Bolingbrook (3rd, 77) was paced by Trianna Rodriguez (9th, 18:46) and Arianna Amill (10th, 18:48).
Alyssa Vogt (7th, 18:43) and Kristy Dertz (8th, 18:45) led fourth-place Lincoln-Way East (93).
Joliet West (5th, 122), Joliet Central (6th, 168) and Stagg (7th, 208) rounded out the teams.
Sandburg (29 points) was dominant on the boys side, defeating Joliet Central (90) for the title. It was the Eagles’ fourth conference championship in a row.
Greg Burzinski’s third-place finish (15:15) paced Sandburg. Sean Torpy (5th, 15:24), Tom Brennan (6th, 15:32), Will Becker (7th, 15:38) and Chris Torpy (8th, 15:39) also contributed.
“We wanted to head into the postseason strong as a team,” Burzinski said. “We ran our top seven really close together because that’s how you win state.”
Lockport’s Will Giroux (15:10) beat Joliet Central’s Salvador Lazaro (15:12) with a sprint over the last quarter-mile to win the boys race.
“I’ve been running the course since fifth grade, and I felt good,” Giroux said. “The cold was better than the hot. I’ve been working on making my move earlier, so I went about the mile and three-quarter mark.”
Lazaro’s time was a personal best, one he hopes keeps dropping.
“Will had more of a finishing kick,” Lazaro said. “Last year, I tripped and fell, finished 22nd. Twenty spots ahead. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Lincoln-Way East (3rd, 95) was led by Ben Walczak (9th, 15:39).
Bolingbrook (4th, 106), Lockport (5th, 108), Joliet West (6th, 124), Homewood-Flossmoor (7th, 181) and Stagg (8th, 215) rounded out the teams.
Joliet West’s Dan Treasure (15:23) finished fourth.