MHS boys take 2nd at Winnebago; teams compete in Princeton Invitational


Mendota High School’s cross country team traveled to Fuller Forest in Rockford on Sept. 7 to compete in a multi-school race at the home course of Winnebago High School.

In the girls’ race, Winnebago swept the top five spots on the 2.05 mile course, led by Marissa Roggensack in 11:59. Mendota’s top finish was Aliza Salinas-Cervantes in a time of 15:43 (14th). Additional competitors for Mendota were Linnea Escatel (17:26), Crystal Garcia (17:49) and Mia Raya (21:47).

Winnebago had the top team score (15) followed by Stockton (55) and Genoa-Kingston (68)

In the boys’ event, Nicolai Martino of Winnebago took top honors in a time of 11:54, while Mendota harriers held three of the top five times. Anthony Kelson (12:17) and Alex Hermosillo (12:20) finished second and third, respectively. Rounding out the Trojans lineup were Andrew Stamberger (12:31,5th), Dagen Setchell (12:48,8th) Travis Mumm (16:35) and Conner Chambers (22:38).

Winnebago’s 32 points edged out Mendota’s 34 for the top finish, while Genoa-Kingston was third with 62 points.

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MHS sent cross country runners to compete against 21 area teams in the Gary Coates Princeton Invitational on Sept. 11

In the first race of the day, Mendota harriers finished one-two in the freshman-sophomore two-mile race. Kelson completed the course in 11:42, while teammate Setchell was second in a time of 11:51. Finishing third was Amboy freshman Hayden Zacharias (11:53). Mumm, also competing for Mendota, was 34th in a time of 14:37.

Lowpoint-Washburn won the boys’ team title with 27 points, followed by Bureau Valley (52) and Fieldcrest (54).

The three-mile girls’ varsity race was won by Joy Dudley of Morris (19:57), followed by Orion’s Olivia Thompson (20:04) and Morris’ Makensi Martin (20:04).

The Morris girls took first in the team standings with 28 points, ahead of Mercer County’s 53 and Sandwich’s 90.

The boys’ varsity race was dominated by Amboy-LaMoille’s Brock Loftus, who traversed the three-mile course in 16:25. Morris’ Kaden Welch (16:51) and LP’s Ryan Hartman (16:58) rounded out the top three.

Mendota’s finishes were Hermosillo (18th, 18:05) and Stamberger (41st, 19:50).

Amboy’s 66 points were tops, while Sandwich tallied 74 for second and Sterling Newman had 85 points for third.

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