MHS harriers earn medals in invites

Mendota’s Kody Chase was one of three medalists for the Trojans in the Gary Coates Invitational on Sept. 10 at Princeton. (Photo courtesy of Bureau County Republican)

Mendota High School’s cross country team traveled to Fuller Forest in Rockford on Sept. 6 to compete against eight Northern Illinois schools.

In the girl’s race, Winnebago took the top three places on the 2.05-mile course, with Kaylee Woolery (12:00) finishing first. Mendota’s top finish was Anna Valdes (18:10, 25th). Val Valdes (19:25) and Yuli Valdes (21:56) also competed for the Lady Trojans.

Winnebago had the top team score (15) followed by Durand (62) and Genoa Kingston (63).

In the 53-member boys’ event, Nicolai Martino of Winnebago took top honors in a time of 11:07, while Mendota’s Anthony Kelson (11:09) was second. Dagen Setchell (12:18, 15th) was in the top quarter for Mendota. Additional Mendota finishers were Travis Mumm (14:06), Harlan Gallagher (14:11) Carlos Olivas (15:18) and Spencer Kain (15:33).

 Winnebago’s 24 points were ahead of Durand’s 72 and Mendota’s 86 points. They were joined by Lanark (67), Genoa (106), and Woodstock Marion (124).


Mendota competed against 19 area schools for this year’s running of the Gary Coates Invitational on Sept. 10 at Princeton.

In the boys’ freshman-sophomore run, Braysin Bond of LaSalle-Peru was tops in the field with a time of 11:34 on the 1.9-mile course. Medaling for Mendota were Mumm (12:57, 14th), Gallagher (13:57, 21st) and Cain (14:39, 25th)

Mercer County’s Eden Mueller covered the 3-mile course in 18:42 to win the girls’ heat. Mendota’s top finish belonged to Anna Valdez (28:49).

Sherrard’s girls’ team posted 43 points to place first, while Mercer County was second with 50 and Lowpoint-Washburn was third with 82.

In the varsity boys’ race, 76 athletes battled it out, with Kyler McNinch of Amboy winning, traversing the 3-mile course in 16:45.

Kelson’s time of 17:10 was good for fifth place for the Trojans. Also medaling for Mendota were Kody Chase (19:13, 24th) and Setchell (19:14, 25th). Olivas ran 23:41, placing 64th.

Sterling Newman’s boys won the team title with 52 points, followed by Mercer County (63) and Amboy (77). Mendota did not post a team score.


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