The Washington girls cross country team marched forward in the Illinois High School Association state series.


The Washington girls cross country team marched forward in the Illinois High School Association state series.

With a fourth-place finish Saturday in the Class 2A Notre Dame Regional, the Lady Panthers reached the second stage.

Washington’s 124 points left it 13 in front of fifth-place Richwoods, the final team qualifier.

Lady Panther Carolyn Riedel was 23rd overall at Detweiller Park in a time of 20:07 and Julia Williams 24th in 20:25 to lead the squad.

In 26th and 27th places, respectively, were Washington’s Rachael St. Clair (20:44) and Alyssa Johnson (20:46).

Breana Overly (22:08) also was 29th for the Lady Panthers to conclude their scoring.

Melissa Biggs and Amy Learned also competed for Washington.

Champion East Peoria, Notre Dame, with individual winner Jessie Wynn, and Metamora advanced to the sectional as well.

On the boys’ side, Andrew McGraw qualified as an individual for the sectional with a 30th-place result covering three miles in 17:27.

The Panthers were eighth with 221 points.

Notre Dame, which boasted fastest male C.J. Elward, was the team champ, followed by Metamora, Richwoods, East Peoria and Limestone.

Sectional: East Peoria is the sectional host Saturday.

The girls’ race starts at 10:30 a.m. at Illinois Central College, followed by the boys’ competition at 11:30 a.m.

The awards ceremony is slated for about 12:30 p.m.

Berths in the state meet are on the line for teams and individuals.

The top five teams and first seven individuals not on a qualifying team advance from the sectional.

Additionally, anyone eighth through 10th overall, who is not part of a qualifying team, moves ahead.