Cross country squads collect wins

Bryan Veginski
Trying to conquer Canton:?Carolyn Riedel, a Washington sophomore, maintains her pace Saturday just past the one-mile mark in the Canton Invitational.

Washington achieved something Thursday it has not done in girls cross country.

The Lady Panthers edged Eureka, 28-29, at Washington Park in the season-opening race.

In the preseason, girls coach Troy Walcott said it was believed the program previously has not defeated the Hornets in a dual.

Alyssa Johnson and Carolyn Riedel led Washington with second - and third-place finishes, respectively, in the three-mile competition.

Rachael St. Clair (sixth), Amy Learned (eighth), Heather Cotner (ninth) and Allison Fussner (10th) also were in the overall top 10.

Canton Invitational: Washington placed seventh Saturday at Big Creek Park.

Riedel (22nd) and St. Clair (24th) both were among the top 25 in a race covering three miles.

Learned, Melissa Biggs and Katie Roth also figured into the Panther scoring.

Pekin was the surprising champion by a point over Elmwood-Brimfield.

The Lady Panthers snared a second-place trophy at the frosh/soph level.

Boys cross country

Washington downed Peoria Heights, 15-50, but lost to Eureka, 21-39, Thursday in a home meet.

Andrew McGraw’s personal best of 17:58 led the Panther to a first-place result.

Washington’s Jonathan Vallosio was seventh and Jacob Kupferschmid wound up ninth in a three-mile run.

No Patriot was among the top 10 for the down-trodden Peoria Heights program.

Canton Invitational: Washington was ninth out of 13 teams Saturday.

McGraw (26th) and Kupferschmid (36th) were among the first 40 finishers in the three-mile race at Big Creek Park.

Vallosio, Brett Holmes and Doug Wright also were part of the Panther top five.

Notre Dame easily outdistanced Pekin for the team crown.

The Panthers were third in the frosh/soph ranks.