Cross country: Yorkville girls and boys win regional titles
By Mike Knapp For Sun-Times Media October 20, 2012 6:32PM
Yorkville's Skyler Bollinger runs to a first-place finish at Saturday's Class 2A regional. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:50AM
It doesn’t seem to matter which runners the Yorkville cross country program sends out for a race, they always bring back the same result.
Even though they sat a couple of runners on both the boys’ and girls’ teams, the Foxes rolled to the team titles Saturday at the Class 2A Wheaton Academy Regional. It also kept alive a streak of six straight regional titles for the boys and five for the girls, who won the Class 2A title last year.
The Foxes moved on to next week’s Wheaton Academy sectional, which will also be held at Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago.
“I don’t know if everyone ran their top group either, but it’s great to get a victory and keep a nice streak going,” Yorkville coach Chris Muth said. “A lot of the kids that ran (Saturday) earned that spot and would be regional or sectional runners on other teams. It was great to see them perform.”
The girls began defense of their title by placing three runners in the top six and scored a total of 58 points to squeak past Montini by three points. Rosary was sixth with 172 points and Aurora Central seventh with 174, and both advanced to next week.
Freshman Skyler Bollinger won the 3-mile race for Yorkville in 17:43, while Erin Reynolds (18:23) was third and Casey Kramer (18:45) sixth.
The Yorkville boys also put three in the top six and advanced with 47 points, while Glenbard South was the runner-up with 65. Glenbard South’s John Wold won the race in 14:52 to get past his teammate Joe Singleton by 18 seconds. Zac Acara led the Yorkville contingent by finishing third in 15:40, while Nick Harrison (15:52) and Justin Vacha (16:22) were fifth and sixth, respectively.
“I think we ran pretty well,” said Acara. “We ran just two of our top six and the JV group stepped up.”
Matt Meyers finished fourth in 15:50 as Aurora Central (107 points) advanced with a sixth-place finish, while IMSA scored 204 points to place seventh and also advance.