Mendota High School’s cross country runners traveled to Ottawa's Catlin Park to compete against athletes from Spring Valley, Plano, Earlville, and host school Ottawa on Sept. 4.
The girls' 3-mile race of 34 runners was won by Ottawa's Grace McGettigan in a time of 22:35. Mendota's top finish belonged to Aliza Salinas (9th, 25:16). Jamie Dooley placed 13th (26:38) and was joined by Bonnie Hall (31st, 35:22) and Piper Artman (33rd, 37:37).
Ottawa's team total of 21 topped Plano's 31. Mendota, Spring Valley, and Earlville failed to field complete teams.
In the boys' run, Plano runners occupied the top three spots in the field of 36.
Mendota placed four in the top 12 positions, with Andrew Stamberger (8th, 21:06), Ty Connelly (10th, 21:12), Trent Stamberger (11th, 21:17) and Sam Lawrence (12th, 21:49). Other Mendota finishes were Alex Hermosillo (29th, 24:02), Liam Indigo (30th, 24:05), Nevin Fouke (31st, 24:38) and Hunter Siebert (32nd, 25:58).
Plano's score of 21 was good enough for first place, followed by Mendota's 48 and Ottawa's 58. Hall and Earlville did not finish enough runners for team score.
More than 540 runners from over 25 northern Illinois high schools gathered at Oregon High School for the 2019 Oregon Open on Sept. 7. No team scores were calculated.
The top finish in the varsity boys’ race belonged to Dawson Smith of Rock Falls in a time of 15:52, followed by Rockford Auburn’s Peter Maculan (16:50) and West Carrol’s Brian Neville (16:52).
Times for the Mendota boys were Andrew Stamberger (20:26), Trent Stamberger (21:07), Lawrence (21:13), Connelly (21:40), Indigo (24:06), Hermosillo (24:48), Fouke (24:49) and Siebert (29:41).
The girls’ varsity race was won by Rachel Richtman of Kaneland (18:55). Winnebago provided the next three finishers in Grace Erb (19:05), Natalia Martino (19:21) and Katherine Erb (19:35).
Competing for the Lady Trojans on the 3-mile course were Salinas (24:39), Dooley (25:49), Hall (36:20) and Artman (36:32).