MHS cross country teams heading down home stretch


Mendota’s cross country teams went up against runners from Stillman Valley and Hall on Oct. 6 at the Lake Mendota course.

The Lady Trojans won the triangular with 33 points, followed by Stillman Valley (42) and Hall (45).

Alayna Nosalik was the first Mendota competitor to cross the finish line in third place overall with a time of 25:06. The remainder of the Lady Trojan runners occupied the sixth through ninth spots. They included Jamie Dooley (26:30), Bianka Valdez (27:06), Nataliya Durbin (28:17) and Val Valdez (28:40).

Yovanna Reyes of Hall was the overall winner in a time of 24:10.

Hall edged out the Mendota boys, 39-40. Stillman Valley did not field a full team.

The Trojans’ Trent Stamberger finished in the third position with a time of 19:05. Alex Hermosillo (19:41) and Ty Connelly (19:45) were sixth and seventh, respectively, while Andrew Stamberger (11th, 20:01) and Billy Hall (13th, 23:41) also competed.

Ed Arteaga of Hall captured the first spot with a time of 18:24.

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Cross country teams from Mendota and East Dubuque joined Rock Falls at its home course of Centennial Park for a race on Oct. 12.

Jailey Heiar of East Dubuque won the girls’ run in impressive fashion in a time of 18:19 on the three-mile course.

Mendota’s top finish belonged to Dooley (10th place, 25:15). Other Mendota finishers were Bianka Valdez (26:05) and Val Valdes (27:59).

No team scores were tallied, as Rock Falls was the only team carrying 5 runners.

In the boys’ race, Matthew Marcum of Rock Falls won in a time of 17:14.

Mendota’s top finish belonged to Connelly (6th place, 18:14, 6th). Also racing for the Trojans were Andrew Stamberger (8th, 18:28), Hermosillo (10th, 18:48), Trent Stamberger (12th, 18:53), Dagen Setchell (15th, 19:42) and Billy Hall (23rd, 22:39).

Rock Falls won the boys’ half of the meet with 30 points, followed by East Dubuque (39) and Mendota (51).

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