AURORA – Junior Kyle Carter (sixth, 14:57) and senior Conor Johnson (20th, 15:15) paced the Kaneland boys cross country team to a sixth-place finish at Saturday's Charger Classic Invitational.
The Knights tallied 193 points at Oakhurst Park, 90 behind champion Normal University. Among the 29-team field, Kaneland topped Marmion (seventh, 226), St. Charles East (10th, 269), Burlington Central (11th, 300), Aurora Central Catholic (13th, 387), St. Francis (15th, 396), Batavia (19th, 485) and Aurora Christian (22nd, 645).
Johnson recovered from a pile-up of runners in the opening 150 meters, getting kicked and spiked in the chest but persevering to finish as the Knights' second runner. Carter became the first Knight to run ACC's course in under 15 minutes.
"We had a very encouraging and fortunate day," Kaneland coach Chad Clarey said. "Encouraging to see our pack split 1-6 of just 65 seconds. Fortunate that none of our runners [were] seriously injured."
Marmion junior John Graft (eighth, 15:00), Aurora Central Catholic senior Matt Meyers (13th, 15:06), St. Charles East junior Max Rowland (21st, 15:15) and St. Francis junior Andrew Hallet (28th, 15:33) were the other Chronicle-area athletes with top-30 finishes.
North 16th at Palatine: At Deer Grove Forest Preserve in Palatine, St. Charles North's 391 points were good enough for 16th in the 28-team field. St. Xavier (84) was champion.
Senior Spencer Gray (38th, 15:34) was the North Stars' top finisher.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Geneva takes Rock River Run: At Sterling, Brooke Nusser (second, 18:20), McKenzie Altmayer (third, 18:34) and Sydney Geils (seventh, 18:56) led a solid pack for champion Geneva.
The Vikings placed each of their five scorers in the top 13 to total 36 points, which bested runner-up Kaneland (65), sixth-place Rosary (182) and the rest of the 14-team field.
Kaneland sophomore Victoria Clinton was the overall winner in 17:44, while Knights freshman Brianna Bower took 10th in 18:59. Senior Kara Kalisz was 24th for Rosary in 19:50.
St. Francis sixth at Charger Classic: At Aurora, St. Francis scored 224 points to take sixth in the 24-team event, which also included 17th-place Burlington Central (473) and 19th-place Aurora Christian (540).
Champion Yorkville won with 69 points.
Seniors Kate Roback (13th, 17:49) and Jenna DiValerio (32nd, 18:22) led St. Francis.
Wheaton Academy 56, Walther Lutheran 52: At Melrose Park, Wheaton Academy rallied from a 52-26 deficit in the third quarter to notch its first victory of the season. The Warriors (1-4, 1-2 Suburban Christian Conference Gold) amassed 616 yards of total offense to keep a wild finish afloat.
"Our guys just fought and kept at them and shut them out down the stretch," Warriors coach T.J. Ragan said. "Just a crazy game and a great effort."
John Gemmell rushed for 290 yards for Wheaton Academy, which visits Guerin next week.
Waubonsie Valley Warrior Blast: At Aurora, Batavia went 3-2 to place second in the 12-team tournament, its best finish in school history. Batavia swept Neuqua Valley in a gold bracket quarterfinal to open play Saturday before topping Waubonsie Valley, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17 in a semifinal veteran Bulldogs coach Lori Trippi-Payne called one of the most dramatic matches she has been involved in. Batavia (13-10) erased deficits of 10-1 and 11-2 in Game 3 of the semis before falling to Downers Grove North, 25-21, 25-10 for the title.
Shea Stanley (41 kills), Audrey Faulhaber (102 assists) and Heather Meyer (29 digs) were among the Bulldogs' weekend leaders. Meyer and Kristen Koncelik (34 kills, six blocks) were all-tournament team selections.
Wheaton Academy 1, Geneva 0: At Geneva, Grant Stoneman's second-half goal boosted Wheaton Academy past Geneva (2-5-2). Spencer Graf logged the shutout for the 8-5 Warriors.
Burlington Central 3, Rockford Jefferson 1: BC improved to 10-2-2 behind a pair of goals from Bryce Warner. Brad Yarwood added the Rockets' insurance tally with 3:09 remaining in the match.