Simpson, M-S take cross-country titles
URBANA – Centennial's Eric Simpson breezed to the individual title of the Class 2A Urbana Regional boys' cross-country meet, while Mahomet-Seymour fended off Kankakee Bishop McNamara for the team crown.
Simpson completed the 3-mile race in 15 minutes, 34 seconds for a 37-second margin over runner-up Jacob Mahaffey of M-S.
The Bulldogs edged McNamara 49-52 behind John Prillaman (fifth), Dustin Kinkelaar (11th), Austin Beck (12th) and Steve Roberts (19th).
Centennial, Champaign Central and Rantoul also advanced to next week's sectionals. The third-place Chargers dominated the front of the finish line, with Simpson followed closely by teammates Mike Brown (third) and Ryan Root (fourth).
Russell Wetzel led fourth-place Central by finishing 10th. Chris Collins was the top runner for fifth-place Rantoul, crossing ninth.
Urbana's Joe Ellinger advanced as an individual by placing 18th, as did 27th-place Taylor Smith of Argenta-Oreana. Prairie Central had three in-dividual sectional qualifiers: Jor-dan Nagy, Jarrad Miller and Phil Johnson.
Richard Sisson had a team-best finish of 45th in 17:43 for Danville in the 3A regional. Tyler Ammermann was 47th (17:56) and Aris Bivens 48th (17:58.13).
Led by runner-up Tom Pacey, Paxton-Buckley-Loda placed five runners in the top 11 to edge the host school 27-28 for the Class 1A regional title. Pacey, a sophomore, finished in 16:06.
Also scoring for the Panthers were Nick Brehm (third); Felix Cardosa (fifth); Adam Carlson (seventh) and Adam Kyrouac (11th).
Luke Switzer was the top finisher for third-place Bismarck-Henning, placing 17th.
Monticello's Brent Rhodes won the individual title and Unity captured the team crown in the 1A regional.
Rhodes finished in 16:18 – 17 seconds in front of runner-up Brice Dodds of Unity. Jacob Kraft was third for the Rockets, while Joel Thompson placed sixth and Henry Dust seventh.
Alan Hollingsworth placed fourth for runner-up Monticello. Bement's Jesse Gifford was fifth and advanced to sectionals as an individual.
Fifth-place Villa Grove qualified for sectionals, led by 13th-place Justin Berry.
Also advancing as individuals were Nick Moore of Tuscola and the Arthur duo of Cedric Blandford and Jake Cohan.
IN GIRLS' ACTION
Kayla Stipp was Danville's top finisher, coming in 39th in 21:44 in the 3A regional. Elizabeth Sothen of the Vikings was 47th (22:07.82), and teammate Kelsie Dickerson was 57th (25:42.72).
Erika Ramos won the 1A regional title in 19:43, leading Hoopeston Area to second place and a berth in next week's sectionals. Ramos, a junior, finished 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Belinda Cohen was third and Abby Newman 11th for the Cornjerkers, who trailed champion Beecher 31-43.
Third-place Bismarck-Henning placed two runners in the top seven: Abby Albers (fourth) and Jessica Brito (seventh).
Freshman Sara Diesburg was the top runner for fourth-place PBL, finishing 20th.
Freshman Lindsay Troike of Tuscola was the top area finisher, placing fourth in the 1A regional in 19:49. Rachael Brewer finished 12th for the fourth-place Warriors.
Runner-up Monticello was led by freshman Kelsey Hardimon, who was fifth in 20:08. Emily Walch placed ninth for fifth-place Villa Grove.
Advancing to next week's sectionals as individuals were Unity teammates Emily Bickers (eighth) and Elsa Reifstek (22nd).
Amy Clawson and Brittany Bohn finished 1-2 overall for champion Mahomet-Seymour in the 2A regional.
Also in the top 11 for the Bulldogs were Amanda Rodriguez (seventh), Shelby Stucker (eighth) and Hannah Schaap (11th). M-S outscored runner-up Urbana 29-68. Megan Houk finished fourth for the Tigers, and teammate Marissa Marrone was fifth.
Claire Tortorelli was sixth for fifth-place Centennial, the last team to qualify for next week's sectionals.
Advancing as individuals were Ashley Livingood (12th) and Taylor Black (26th) of Argenta-Oreana; Sunita Karan (20th) and Rory Mills (24th) of Champaign Central; and Andrea Martis (16th) of Salt Fork.