ROMEOVILLE – Lockport’s boys cross country team placed five runners among the top 14 finishers at Saturday’s St. Ignatius’ Connelly Invitational at Lewis University, and that helped them to capture top honors.
Coach Tom Razo’s Porters had the top two finishers in the meet, champion Wil Kiley, who won with a time of 15:37.0, and runner-up Jacob Hinchley, who finished in 15:54.6. Other top finishers for the Porters were Ross Cronholm (fourth, 16:11.6), Devan Callahan (ninth, 16:21.0), Michael Barber (14th, 16:47.0) and Austin Molitor (15th, 16:47.4).
Hinsdale South/Central Invite: Minooka took seventh place with 188 points, with Jason Hoffman (fifth, 15:16.6) and Vincent Van Eck (19th, 15:51.4) leading the way. Bolingbrook’s Tyler Cushing took third place (15:05.4).
Seneca Invite: Herscher beat Fieldcrest 42-71 for the title in the 10-team meet, while the hosts took third place, ahead of Morris by a 73-93 margin. Top local competitors in the field were Morris’ Tony Pethtel (second, 17:30.1), and Seneca’s Billy Glasscock (fourth, 17:54.3) and Eli Eltrevoog (ninth, 18:17.0).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Seneca Invite: Plainfield North dominated the seven-team competition to win with 15 points. Leading the Tigers were Sarah Conley (first, 20:59.9), Riley Frankel (second, 21:04.8), Emily Bedford (third, 21:16.2), Michelle Masis (fourth, 21:18.6) and Aminah Hussain (fifth, 21:20.4). Other top local competitors were North’s Emily Shafron (sixth, 21:25.4), Lauren Walczak (eighth, 21:59.6) and Katie Nalley (ninth, 22:26.6), Peotone’s Gracy Battiato (seventh, 21:59.4) and Seneca’s Amber Vroman (11th, 22:51.6).
Hinsdale South/Central Invite: Lockport tied Oswego East for third place with 133 points. The Porters were paced by Madison Polinski (15th, 19:11.4), Josephine Bober (22nd, 19:14.8) and Monica Skibicki (23rd, 19:15.7). Leaders for Minooka were Julia Dames (14th, 19:09.1) and Audrey Boles (28th, 19:24.4).
JCA third at West Aurora Tournament: The Angels (9-2) bounced back from a 25-15, 25-17 semifinal loss to Naperville Central to defeat Plainfield East, 25-22, 25-21, in the third-place match as Izzy Horkey (16 digs) served up 21 points. Leaders for JCA included Riley Hungate (25 kills, 19 points, 15 digs), Bella Ray (24 kills, 10 blocks), Ryan Hinshaw (75 assists, 21 digs), Emily Surin (23 kills, 23 digs), Bella Dixon (29 digs, 18 points) and Kristen Leuszler (nine kills, seven blocks, 18 points).
Lewis goes 4-0 at Nova Southeastern Invite: The No. 7 Flyers opened their season with four wins at the two-day event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lewis rallied to win in five sets Saturday against No. 15 Palm Beach Atlantic and also beat Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 3-0. On Friday, the Flyers won 3-0 matches against both Millersville and Shaw. In a 26-24, 21-25, 25-27, 25-20, 16-14 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic, Ava Venema (17 kills, seven blocks), Jamie Poppen (20 digs, three aces), Mikah Freppon (54 assists), Megan Schlechte (16 kills, 17 digs), Colleen Wilhelm (15 kills) and Ronni Katarzynski (18 digs) led the way. Against Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Lewis won, 25-13, 25-22, 28-26, behind the efforts of Alexandra Preuss (13 kills, 14 digs), Freppon (20 assists, two aces, eight digs), Poppen (20 digs), Venema (10 kills, two blocks) and Wilhelm (eight kills).
Saint Francis (Ind.) 56, St. Francis 6: The Saints scored their first points of the season on a fourth quarter touchdown against the third-ranked team in the NAIA. Leading rushers for USF were Dwayne Milton (11-62, 3-yard touchdown run), Michael Johnson (9-51) and Major Dedmond (23-46), who threw for 79 yards, with much of that going to Mahlek Roberts (3-42). Jonathan Pullen led the defense with 10 tackles.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Lewis wins Earlybird Invite: The Flyers women had the top six runners to finish with 15 points to win their season opener. Top Flyers women performers were winner Katelyn Gall (first, 20:02.7), Ashleigh Macleod (second, 20:08.5), Jackie Eck (third, 20:24.0), Grace Girard (fourth, 20:36.1), Camille Gabas (fifth, 20:46.9) and Vanessa Peinado (sixth, 20:55.5).
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Flyers capture Earlybird Invite: Lewis beat Maryville, 24-32, to win its opener. Pacing the men were Peter Freeman (second, 20:51.3), Payton Goudreau (third, 21:04.0), Trey Houmes (fourth, 21:11.9), John Partee (seventh, 21:17.6) and Miles Mena (eighth, 21:19.1).