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Girls cross country: Yorkville repeats as Class 2A champion

Runners from Yorkville girls cross country team take off start 2A state meet PeoriSaturday. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

Runners from the Yorkville girls cross country team take off at the start of the 2A state meet in Peoria Saturday. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 5, 2012 6:47AM



PEORIA — For the Yorkville Foxes and Kaneland’s Victoria Clinton, the Class 2A girls cross country state final was nothing but gold.

Yorkville won the team crown by 56 points, putting a meager 66 points on the board as four Foxes finished as individual all-staters. The second place team, Normal University High, finished with 112 points. Lombard Montini took third with 172 points. For the Foxes, it was their second consecutive state championship.

“I was not positive that we won the state title, but I knew that four all-state runners would be tough to beat,” Yorkville coach Chris Muth said. “The girls were not worried about the place, they just were concerned about how they each raced. I thought we had a shot at winning the state title, but I did not think we would win it by that many points.”

Five of Yorkville’s runners placed in the top 28. Skyler Bollinger, one of four freshmen in the top seven, finished the three-mile course in 17:11 — good enough for fifth place. Summer Peirson, yet another freshman, finished eighth in 17:31. Senior Casey Kramer finished 11th in 17:34, missing the top 10 by a second.

Erin Reynolds finished in 17:54, which was good for 24th. Kelsey Leedy, the 28th-place finisher, finished in 18:03. The split from one to five was 52 seconds. Sydney Beach (59th, 18:29) and Lindsay Foster (112th, 19:03) rounded out the Foxes top seven.

“We were going in and running the race and we did not expect to do anything like this,” said Foster. “Once you compete for and win a state title, you want another one. It never goes away. You just hunger for another one and another. It was a great race for me.”

As easy as Yorkville made it look, Clinton — a Kaneland sophomore — made it look just as easy. Clinton dashed to the state title in 16:56, winning the individual crown by 11 seconds. Galesburg senior Stephanie Saey took second, crossing the finish line in 17:07.

With her first place finish, the Knights took sixth as a team with 180 points. The Knights will return their top four runners next year, but will lose their fifth, sixth and seventh varsity runners. Returning with Clinton will be Brianna Bower (32nd, 18:09), Sydney Strang (38th, 18:14) and Aislinn Losdwig (69th, 18:36).

Amanda Lesak (81st, 18:42), Maggie Brundige (98th, 18:54) and Abby Dodis (120th, 19:15) are all slated to graduate.



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