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Sandburg’s boys cross country team, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 3A by two ranking services, poses after winning the Hinsdale Central Sectional Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Sandburg’s boys cross country team, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 3A by two ranking services, poses after winning the Hinsdale Central Sectional Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

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Sandburg boys eye state title as area sends army to state XC meet

By Jeff Vorva
Correspondent

Sandburg’s boys team and Marist’s Jake Phillips earned sectional championships on sloppy-but-manageable courses on Saturday.

A weeklong rain turned many Chicago-area courses to mush, but the Eagles and Phillips soldiered through and are heading with some momentum to this Saturday’s state cross country meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Sandburg, which finished the season as the No. 1 team in the state in two ranking systems, ran a race that senior Brock Rice said was not very good, yet still came out ahead at the Class 3A Hinsdale Central Sectional at Legge Park in Hinsdale.

The Eagles scored 70 points while Downers Grove North was second with 85. Lyons finished fifth, Stagg 16th, Reavis 17th and Shepard 18th.

Sandburg senior Declan Tunney took fourth with a time of 15 minutes, 17.23 seconds.

“I wanted to win this race, but I cramped up with a half-mile or so to go,” Tunney said. “But I’m so proud of these boys and I hope we can keep it rolling in the state meet.”

Rice finished ninth, Grant Giblin 11th, Sean Marquardt 19th and Trent Anderson 35th.

The Eagles won their only title in 2015 and are looking to add a trophy this weekend.

Lyons was led by Charlie McLawhorn’s 13th-place finish.

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Marist’s Jake Phillips, No 575, was the only runner in the area to win a sectional title this season. Photo from Marist High School.

Phillips, a senior, led the pack at the Class 2A Fenton Sectional with a time of 16:18.8. While the RedHawks didn’t make it as a team to state, he will have company as teammate Andrew Kerlin also qualified as an individual with a 13th-place finish.

Phillips is the lone area runner to win a sectional this season.

Richards qualified junior Owen Forberg and senior Louie Leahy.

Riverside-Brookfield will head to state as the Bulldogs finished third with sophomore Cooper Marrs leading the way with a second-place finish while senior Paul Proteau claimed third.

In Class 1A, Chicago Christian’s Noah Luke qualified with a 27th-place finish at the Lisle Sectional.

 

Girls Results
Nazareth Academy qualified for state with a second-place finish at the Fenton Sectional. Junior Collette Kinsella finished fourth to lead the way for the Roadrunners.

Marist qualified with a fourth-place finish at Fenton. Seniors Emma Karczewski and Nora McCroley finished 16th and 17th respectively.

Also qualifying for state in Class 2A were St. Laurence’s Jadie Chavez, De La Salle’s Keyaira Moore, Riverside Brookfield’s Gianna Gelb and Bryce Pacourek,

In Class 1A, Chicago Christian finished sixth at the Lisle Sectional and qualified as a team to state. Junior Anna Enderle finished fifth to lead the Knights.

In Class 3A, Lyons’ Catherine Sommerfield and Sandburg’s Ava Giblin qualified out of the Hinsdale Central Regional.

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Sandburg’s Declan Tunney, No. 430, finished fourth at the Hinsdale Central Sectional. Photo by Jeff Vorva

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