Saturday's prep highlights: Monticello boys edge STM in cross-country
At Chrisman. Monticello edged the state's top-rated boys' Class 1A cross-country team, St. Thomas More, 16-17 to win team honors in the annual Chrisman Cowchip Classic on Saturday.
In the race for No. 1 runners, Schlarman's Jesse Hahne covered the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 43 seconds and won by 17 seconds. Monticello, St. Thomas More and third-place St. Joseph-Ogden each had two individual winners in an event that featured seven flighted races.
The lone boys' record was established by St. Thomas More's Brendan Remington, in the race for No. 5 runners. His time was 17:13.
In the girls' division, Monticello won five of seven races and captured team honors with 11 points. Runner-up Mahomet-Seymour had 22 points. Unity (27) was third.
The Sages' Hannah Houska won the race for No. 1 runners by 15 seconds. Her time was 19:37. Finishing second in the 3-mile race was St. Thomas More's Theresa Welle.
Setting a record was Monticello's Maggie Utgaard in the race for No. 5 runners. Her time was 20:29, which lowered the previous mark by one second.
At Normal. RYAN EGERTON was 42nd as Rantoul placed ninth at the Normal Community Invite.
At Charleston. Led by HANNAH WRIGHT's third-place finish, Champaign Central placed second. CHLOE LESSARIS was 13th and HANNAH SHINEW was 20th for the Maroons, who finished behind Mattoon. Individually, Danville's Sadie Elliott's second-place finish in 19 minutes, 35 seconds shattered the school's freshman record by 26 seconds. It also was the second-best time among all classes.
In the boys' race, Mahomet-Seymour runners finished fourth through sixth as the Bulldogs dominated the field. JOHNNY LEVERENZ was second and CALEB HUMMER third for sixth-place Danville. Central was fifth as KAIN SHIRLEY placed 11th, COREY WHITE 19th and HAYDEN HINTON 22nd.
At Stanford. Claire Michael and Claire Dickerson each won two events as Urbana University High beat Olympia 126-40. Caroline Beshers, Maddie Nelson also Sia Curry-Bild won events for the Illineks.
At Champaign. Led by all-tournament selections Allie Shannon, Rachel Jones and Lauren Cloyd, Centennial won another Charger Invitational. The Chargers went 5-0 in the 16-team event, sweeping every opponent in straight sets.
"It's really good because we've been able to beef up the tournament in recent years," Centennial coach Stan Bergman said.
Champaign Central, which lost in the semifinals, placed Mia McDonald and Jaelyn Westfield on the all-tourney team.
Mahomet-Seymour placed sixth. For the day, Elise Dahlke had 26 kills, Mason Moore had 61 assists and Sirena Woo had 50 digs.
Clinton was ninth behind the play of Morgan Hickman (69 assists, 16 kills, 28 digs) and Bailey Walker (27 kills, 18 digs).