Third time's a charm for Sages' Schroeder
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.
"I felt like I needed a solid performance to go into state with," Schroeder said. "I felt like I did that today. I'm right where I need to be at this point."
Unity took the boys' team title with 74 points, placing five runners in the top 25.
Scott Woodard led the way with a fourth-place finish. Doran Walsten (14th), Colby Purcell (18th), Kendal Eckert (22nd) and Austin Kramer (24th) also paced the Rockets.
Monticello (third) and St. Thomas More (fourth) each advanced with top-five finishes in the team standings.
Besides Schroeder, the Sages had senior Luke Zocher place seventh and Tim Easton take 15th.
St. Thomas More was led by Nick Hess (10th) and Sean Kelley (19th). Adam Crutchley (Villa Grove), Jesse Hahne (Schlarman) and Zeke Elkins (SJ-O) all advanced to state by claiming the top five spots for non-qualifying teams. Crutchley finished sixth, Hahne seventh and Elkins eighth.
Blaase, who won the girls' race in 17:09, led the Spartans to a state-qualifying third-place finish in the team standings.
SJ-O also had top-25 finishes from Jolee Paden (22nd) and Alyssa Pridemore (23rd).
Monticello advanced as a team, placing five runners in the top 30 to finish second to sectional champion St. Teresa.
Hannah Houska paced the Sages and picked up an individual medal with an eighth-place finish. Freshman Maggie Utgaard placed 11th.
Argenta-Oreana's Haley Briggs advanced as an individual, placing 14th.
In Class 2A:
At Decatur. Jonathan Schaap (eighth in 15:29) led a Mahomet-Seymour pack of five runners that finished within 37 seconds as the Bulldogs claimed second place in a Class 2A sectional.
Lucas Prather (11th in 15:40), Forrest Smoes (16th in 15:48), John Butcher (17th in 15:48) and Cale McCormick (25th in 16:06) paced M-S, which finished four points behind champion Springfield.
The Mahomet-Seymour girls' team also advanced by finishing fifth.
The Bulldogs were led by an 11th-place finish from Rachel Rodriguez, who checked in at 18:56. Tessa Hanlon was 22nd in 19:10, Nicole Lewis was 25th in 19:15, Abigail Nielsen 32nd in 19:29 and Allison Melchi 39th in 19:42.
Centennial had a pair of runners advance to the state meet as individuals — both of whom ran personal bests: senior Audrey White (18th in 19:06) and freshman Rebecca Kaefring (23rd in 19:11).
"We're really excited," Chargers girls' coach Laura Koterba-Buss said. "They both really ran super smart. That field, everybody goes out like crazy. They were conservative at the beginning and didn't crash and burn. They are well-prepared and earned their way to state."
Champaign Central's Hannah Wright also is moving on as an individual after her 21st-place finish in 19:09.
In Class 3A:
At Quincy. Danville sophomore Johnny Leverenz finished fifth in 15:16 to punch his ticket for the state meet.