CHANNAHON – The Steelmen Cross Country Invitational, hosted by Joliet Central on Saturday at Channahon Community Park, saw two finishes come down to the wire.
In the boy’s race, juniors Jay Dworak, from the host Steelmen, and York’s Colin Hill battled the entire 3 miles until Hill escaped with a lean at the finish to win the individual title by just one-tenth of a second (15:34.7) over Dworak (15:34.8).
York then placed third, fifth, sixth and seventh to easily win the team title with 22 points.
“I’m not happy,” Dworak said right after the race. “I wanted to win this race and I really didn’t care about the time today, I just wanted to win. It’s frustrating, but I might have went just a little too soon during the last mile, and the coming around the last turn he (Hill) took the lead and we were running together until the finish.”
Plainfield South received a ninth-place finish from senior Ryan Wengler (16:15), as juniors Riley Jepsen and Matthew Graham placed 15th and 17th.
Rachel Baumgatner’s runner-up finish in the girls race (18:44) paced Lincoln-Way Central to a third-place team finish (59 points), behind Neuqua Valley (41) and Oswego (52). Baumgartner moved up through the pack the entire race, but just could catch winner Maria Widmann from Neuqua (18:41) in a close finish.
“I just could catch up the last mile, but I’m happy how I moved up and almost got her,” Baumgartner said. “We had a good race as a team and it shows our progression and that we are getting better as a group.”
Joliet West sophomore Joslyn Prosek finished fifth (19:03)
“I wanted to run faster today and this just shows I have more work to do,” Prosek said. “But I ran with the leaders for almost the entire race, and it’s still early in the season.”
- Jeff DeGraw
St. Francis 27, Trinity International 22: Dwayne Milton (17-133 rushing) caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Major Dedmond with 11:34 left for the game’s lone second half points to rally the visiting Saints (1-2) to their first win in their Mid-States Football Association Midwest opener. Milton also scored on runs of 57 and two yards, while Michael Johnson (15-107 rushing) had a 10-yard TD run. Chris Peters had four solo stops, including a sack.
Lewis suffers first loss: After beating No. 12 Central Missouri and No. 13 Barry in four sets Friday, the No. 5 Flyers (7-1) fell in four sets to No. 15 Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday at the Colorado Premier Challenge for their first defeat. The Flyers were led by Colleen Wilhelm (14 kills), Ava Venema (seven blocks), Mikah Freppon (38 assists) and Jamie Poppen (17 digs). Lewis beat Regis, 3-0, in its final match of the event with Venema (14 kills), Freppon (40 assists) and Poppen (14 digs) leading the way.
St. Francis 3, Calumet College of St. Joseph 0: The visiting Saints (5-7, 3-1) won their second-straight CCAC match and were paced by Lauren Stefanski (eight kills), Jade Livesay-Groark (seven kills), Taylor Valant (six kills) and Alexis Engst (18 assists, five digs).
Cleary 2, St. Francis 1: The Saints led, 1-0, at halftime thanks to a goal by Kelli Pietrowski but the visitors rallied with two second half scores. USF goalie Yadira Estrada recorded four saves in her first start of the season.
COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY
Lewis at Michigan State Invite: Anthony Pena (26:59.6, PR), Joshua Segura (27:06.4), Ross McCormack (27:10.7), Bryce Medaris (27:18.2) and Jonathan Goetsch (27:19.2) led the Flyers men’s team to a 12th-place finish. The Flyers women’s team claimed 15th place behind Kassady Learn (23:24.9, PR), Stephanie Jarvis (24:04.6), Abby Tripp (24:17.0), Jackie Eck (25:05.1) and Katelyn Gall (25:05.5).
Minooka 2, Brother Rice 0: Ben Joder and Izaak Avalos scored goals, while Will Maurice made six saves to post a shutout for the Indians (5-2-1).
Lincoln-Way Central 2, Riverside-Brookfield 0: Nick Willner scored both goals and Adam Kedzior earned his third shutout for the Knights (4-2).