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Cross Country: Yorkville girls, boys win sectional

Updated: October 27, 2012 11:35PM

The Yorkville girls’ cross country team scored 33 points to win the team title at the Wheaton Academy Class 2A Sectional Saturday and will head to Peoria for the next week’s state meet at Detweiller Park looking to defend the state championship they won a year ago.

The Foxes, advancing to state for the fifth straight year, were led by freshman Skyler Bollinger, who won the 3-mile race at Reed-Keppler Park in a time of 17:43. Classmate Summer Pierson was right behind in third place in 17:50 while Casey Kramer was fourth in 18:11.

Yorkville was the only girls team to advance to state, but three local individuals were among the seven who advanced on time. Aurora Central had a pair of runners advance in freshman Karina Liz (12th, 18:40) and Jenna Koerner (18th, 18:59), while Rosary senior Kara Kalisz placed 21st in 19:04.

Yorkville also won the team title on the boys side, with the Foxes scoring 36 points to squeak by Glenbard South (43 points). Brothers Luke and Jake Hoffert led the way, finishing fourth and fifth in 15:16 and 15:20, respectively.

Zak Arcara was sixth for Yorkville in 15:27, while Shawn O’Malley placed eighth in 15:31. This will be the sixth straight year the Foxes have advanced downstate.

Aurora Central finished fifth with 180 points to advance as a team for the first time since 2006. Matt Meyers finished 10th in 15:35.

Belvidere Class 2A Sectional — The Kaneland girls finished third as a team with 131 points to finish third and advance to state. Victoria Clinton finished second in the race for the Knights in a time of 17:38. The boys also advanced behind a fifth-place finish with 174 points. Kyle Carter led the way for Kaneland in 15:42.

Marist Class 3A Sectional — Oswego senior Caleb Beck won the 2.98-mile race in a time of 14:49 and will advance to Peoria as an individual. The Oswego girls will advance two runners as Kelsey Hjorth placed third in 17:48, while teammate Ashley Golembeski placed 13th in 17:48.

St. Charles East Class 3A Sectional – The Geneva girls team scored 122 points to advance to state after missing the championships a year ago. Freshman McKenzie Altmayer led the Vikings in a time of 17:45 while Brook Nusser was right behind in 17:47.

Kendall Cast of Metea Valley finished fifth overall in a time of 17:27 to take an individual qualifying spot, and Batavia freshman Dakota Roman (14th, 17:44) also qualified.

Michael Bianchina, who finished third in 15:13, advanced individually, while West Aurora senior Omar Gomez finished 12th in 15:20 to nab the final qualifying position.

Lisle Class 1A Sectional – Mooseheart junior Wal Khat finished third in 16:54 to advance individually, while Jake Gehman of Aurora Christian also moved on, placing 13th in 17:28. Rebecca Wert was ninth in the girls race in a time of 20:37 to advance for Aurora Christian.

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