URBANA – Centennial's Ryan Root set a course record Tuesday to capture the Twin City boys' cross-country championship.
Root covered the 3-mile course at Illini Meadows in 16 minutes, 7 seconds. He broke the record of 16:10 set by Centennial's Matt Kurley in 2005.
"He looked good," Centennial coach Greg Walters said. "He and (third-place finisher) Evan (White) ran together for a long time. They worked very well together."
Urbana University High used superior depth to win the team title with 34 points. The Illineks were led by runner-up Nathan Smith (16:17), fourth-place Albert Anastasio (17:03) and seventh-place Buck Walsh (17:21).
Centennial's Audrey White set a course record in the girls' race, finishing in 19:42. The previous mark was set by Centennial's Uma Patel (19:48) in 2005.
The Chargers earned the team title by 3 points over Urbana. The Tigers' Zita Hubler (20:04) and Marissa Marrone (20:29) finished second and fourth, respectively, but the Chargers took fifth, sixth and seventh behind Claire Tortorelli (20:35), Neli Crawford (20:40) and Hannah Cuttell (20:49). Crawford, the defending champion, has been battling an illness.