Seasons continue for boys, girls teams

Bryan Veginski
Set for the sectional: Washington senior Andrew McGraw, No. 76, runs Saturday in the Class 2A Notre Dame Regional at Detweiller Park. McGraw’s 16th-place finish in a time of 16:40 led the boys cross country team, which qualified for the East Peoria Sectional.

The Washington girls and boys cross country teams advanced to the East Peoria Sectional.

The girls were fourth at Saturday’s Class 2A Notre Dame Regional at Detweiller Park and the boys fifth in a rare double celebration.

Both teams performed well enough for coaches Tom Smith and Troy Walcott to extend their respective season.

With 103 points, the girls were easily within the top five. The boys, meanwhile, held off Limestone for the final slot with 137 points.

Carolyn Riedel broke up a top 10 that consisted entirely of East Peoria, Notre Dame and Metamora runners. The Lady Panther junior was ninth for three miles in a time of 20:10 in muddy conditions.

Rachael St. Clair was an overall top-20 finisher for Washington in 16th place.

Kathleen O’Brien, Alyssa Johnson and Amy Learned all were in the top 30 for the Lady Panthers.

Senior Andrew McGraw led the Washington boys with a 16th place result in a time of 16:40.

Spencer Wilson and Louie Manzella placed 25th and 30th, respectively, for the Panthers in the overall rankings.

Robert Riedel and Ben Misselhorn rounded out the Washington effort with top-35 standings.

East Peoria was the girls champion for the fourth year in a row. Notre Dame, Metamora and Richwoods also advanced the sectional.

On the boys’ side, Notre Dame was the overwhelming team winner. Metamora, East Peoria and Richwoods joined the Irish as team qualifiers.

Emma Preston was the winner by 20 seconds in the girls’ race. C.J. Elward of Notre Dame owned nearly as comfortable a margin in the boys’ competition.

Sectional: East Peoria is the host of a sectional race.

Team and individual qualifiers from the Sandwich, Galesburg, Normal U-High and Notre Dame regionals will converge on the Illinois Central College course Saturday.

The girls’ race begins at 10:30 a.m. The boys follow an hour later.

The top-five teams and top-seven individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the Nov. 7 Illinois High School Association state final at Detweiller Park.

Also, anyone in eighth through 10th places overall will move forward if they are not part of a qualifying team.