MHS harriers race in Big Northern meet


KINGSTON – The Mendota cross country teams participated in the Big Northern Conference meet on Oct. 16 at Walcamp in Kingston.

The Trojan boys finished in the middle of the pack in the team standings with a sixth-place effort. They scored 165 points. Rockford Christian captured the team title with 25 points and Dixon was second with 33 points. Byron and Rock Falls both tallied 126 points, while Stillman Valley was fifth with 164. Placing behind Mendota were Winnebago (174), Oregon (192), Rockford Lutheran (204), North Boone (233) and Genoa-Kingston (301).

Mendota entered seven runners in the competition and four of them occupied the 29th through 32nd spots in the race. Andrew Stamberger was first through the chute for the Trojans in 29th place with a time of 18:03. Ty Connelly was just one second back at 18:04, followed by Trent Stamberger (18:08) and Alex Hermosillo (18:13).

Other MHS competitors included Dagen Setchell (43rd, 18:45), Elijah Arjes (68th, 21:10) and Billy Hall (70th, 22:09).

Brock Drengenberg of Dixon was the overall champion with a time of 15:50.

Three Lady Trojans ran in the girls’ race. Alayna Nosalik had the top finish for MHS in 50th place with a time of 23:14. Jamie Dooley (55th, 23:47) and Bianka Valdez (60th, 26:52) also competed for the Lady Trojans.

Winnebago had the top four runners and seven of the first nine to finish and easily won the competition with 17 points. Dixon was next with 44 points, followed by Rock Falls (103), Rockford Christian (107) and Oregon (146). Completing the standings were Byron (167), Genoa-Kingston (194), Rockford Lutheran (213) and Stillman Valley (262). Mendota did not have enough runners to place in the team standings.

Natalia Martino of Winnebago claimed the individual title with a time of 17:31.

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