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Cross country: Oswego runners excel at Lockport Regional

Updated: October 20, 2012 11:05PM

Oswego won both individual titles Saturday at the Lockport Class 3A regional, and both the boys and girls teams advanced to next week’s Marist sectional.

Senior Caleb Beck covered the 3.1-mile course at Dellwood Park in a time of 15:53 to win by eight seconds over Joseph Suarez from Plainfield South. That helped the Panthers score a total of 67 points, which placed them third in the meet behind Neuqua Valley (45 points) and Plainfield South (50).

Oswego East finished sixth with 173 points and also advanced. Sophomore Turner Kelly led the Wolves in a time of 16:48.

Kelsey Hjorth and Ashley Golembeski, both seniors, finished first and second, respectively, to help give the Oswego girls a fourth-place finish with 110 points. Hjorth’s winning time of 19:21 was 14 seconds ahead of her teammate.

Host Lockport won the team title with 38 points, Neuqua Valley was second with 48 and Oswego East third with 106. East also advances to next week and was led by senior Hayley Zeig’s time of 20:09.

Wheaton North Class 3A Regional

The Geneva girls put four of their runners in the top seven and cruised to the team title with 35 points to roll past St. Charles North (59) and St. Charles East (70). Brooke Nusser finished second in 17:54 to lead the way for the Vikings, while McKenzie Altmayer (18:04) finished third and Kathryn Adelman (18:21) placed fifth.

The Geneva boys also advanced to next week’s St. Charles East Sectional, finishing fourth with 104 points as host Wheaton North easily won the meet with 34 points. Nathan Wendt finished ninth in 15:49 to pace the Vikings.

Kaneland Class 2A Regional

The host Knights scored 43 points to top Crystal Lake Central by a single point for the girls team title. Victoria Clinton won the race in a time of 18:05, while freshman Brianna Bower ran 19:33 to come across as the second Kaneland finisher.

Connor Johnson (16:36) and Kyle Carter (16:37) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to give the Kaneland boys second place as a team with 69 points. Crystal Lake Central scored 31 points to take home first place.

The Knights move on to next week’s Belvidere North Sectional.

Aurora Christian Class 1A Regional

Mooseheart junior Wal Khat won the boys race in a time of 15:30 to advance as an individual to the Lisle Sectional, with Aurora Christian senior Jake Gehman placing fourth in 15:50.

Gehman’s finish, along with a ninth-place effort in 16:16 from John DiCicco, sent the Eagles to the sectional as they finished sixth with 147 points to move on to sectionals. Richmond-Burton scored 29 points as a team to cruise to the title, while Mooseheart finished in 10th place with 247 points and did not advance.

Rebecca Wert’s runner-up effort in 18:26 helped the ACS girls finish third with 88 points in a tight team battle with champion Johnsburg (68 points) and Richmond-Burton (76). Teresa Murray was 10th for the Eagles in 19:58 as they also advanced.

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