MHS harriers race at Peru, in BV Invitational

Mendota’s cross country team traveled to Baker Park in Peru to compete against several area schools on Sept. 13.

The girls’ race featured 60 participants, and was won by Ottawa’s Grace Carroll in a time of 22:00. Mendota’s top time belonged to Anna Valdez (31:19, 43rd).

Ottawa won the team totals with 21 points, followed by St. Bede (88), LaSalle-Peru (90), Fieldcrest (91), Marquette (93) and Streator (132).

A total of 48 boys battled it out in the second race, with Streator’s Kody Danko winning in 16:55. Mendota’s Anthony Kelson was second to cross the finish line in a time of 17:58.

Also running for the Trojans were Dagen Setchell (11th, 19:51), Kody Chase (16th, 21:03), Travis Mumm (27th, 23:20), Harlan Gallagher (35th, 24:50), Carlos Olivas (37th, 25:02) and Spencer Kain (39th, 25:54).

L-P’s 36 points topped the field, followed by Ottawa (53), Mendota (64) and Streator (71).


Mendota was entered in the Bureau Valley Invitational on Sept. 17 at Manlius.

Four Trojans participated in the varsity boys’ race, which had a total of 157 runners. Kelson led Mendota with a 15th-place finish in a time of 17:31.7. Also racing for the Trojans were Setchell (66th, 19:46.7), Chase (90th, 20:31.5) and Olivas (127th, 23:09.6).

The top five placing teams were Elmwood (70), Sandwich (94), Rock Falls (113), Mercer County (140) and Rock Island Alleman (147).

Two Lady Trojans were in the girls’ race. They included Anna Valdes (139th, 29:55.1) and Val Valdes (145th, 31:31.4).

A total of 161 runners were in the girls’ competition, which was won by Elmwood with 87 points. The rest of the top five included Rock Falls (98), Seneca (115), Sandwich (117) and Sherrard (119).

In the freshman-sophomore boys’ race, three Trojans were entered in the race. Mumm was 40th in 18:28.7, Gallagher was 41st in 18:31.5 and Kain placed 57th in 21:10.3.

Princeville earned the top spot in the team standings with 38 points, followed by Erie-Prophetstown (78), Bureau Valley (82), LaSalle-Peru (88), Polo (90) and Kewanee Wethersfield (100).