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FORSYTH — Monticello's Steve Schroeder and St. Joseph-Ogden's Chelsea Blaase won individual titles during the Class 1A St. Teresa Sectional at Hickory Point Golf Course on Saturday.
Schroeder won the boys' race in 14 minutes, 55 seconds. This was the third time Schroeder placed among the top five at a sectional race and the first time he won the meet.
Scott Woodard, Unity, Cross-country, Senior
Recently: Won the regional title at PBL and led the state-ranked Rockets to the team title
In his own words: "We'd really like to go out on top, especially with our top five being seniors. I'm confident in our team. We've worked really hard all year."
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This week: Boys' cross-country
SCHOOL (PREVIOUS) COMMENT
1. Monticello (1) Sages have no sectional titles
2. Mahomet-Seymour (2) Last sectional title: 1979
3. Unity (3) Rockets have no sectional titles
4. St. Thomas More (4) Sabers have no sectional titles
5. St. Joseph-Ogden (5) Last sectional title: 1999
UNITY BOYS' CROSS-COUNTRY
Coach Dike Stirrett's state-ranked squad had a 67-second split for the top five runners, an impressive feat because the leader was also the regional champion, Scott Woodard. Helping the Rockets to a repeat team crown were Doran Walsten, Colby Purcell, Kendal Eckert and Austin Kramer. In a field of 95 finishers, they were all among the first 14.
PAXTON — There will be bigger meets, and stiffer competition, but there won't be a more important step than the one taken on Saturday.
Unity's state-ranked boys' cross-country team and St. Joseph-Ogden's state-ranked girls' squad started the postseason with confidence-boosting regional championships.
Ten years ago, equality was achieved in high school cross-country.
For the first time in Illinois, girls started competing at the same 3-mile distance that boys had run for more than a quarter of a century.
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Bulldogs set quick pace
MAHOMET — The state's fastest-moving boys' cross-country team has been Mahomet-Seymour. Unranked in the preseason by dyestat.com, coach Neal Garrison's squad climbed to third in last week's poll.