WARRENVILLE – All six Geneva and St. Charles boys and girls cross country teams successfully navigated the muddy course at the IHSA Class 3A Wheaton North Regional on Saturday at St. James Forest Preserve to advance to next weekend’s St, Charles East Sectional Meet.
The area girls’ teams took the top three positions and had eight of the top 10 finishers.
Geneva won the girls regional with 35 points. Sophomore Brooke Nusser (17:54.0) came in second followed by teammate McKenzie Altmayer (18.04.0). Geneva’s Kathryn Adelman took fifth (18:21.1) and Sydney Geils came in eighth (18:37.9).
“It was so muddy and we were slipping around everywhere but it was fun,” Nusser said. “You had to take the corners a little wide and you had to slow down a little bit to make it around.”
The North girls (59) took second and East (70) came in third. North Star freshman Nina Olshever (18:09.2) came in fourth in the race. Teammate Kaylee Wessel took seventh (18:35.1).
Saints Torree Scull (18:39.7) and Sara Hill (18:44.0) rounded out the top 10.
In the boys race, North came in second with a score of 74 behind host Wheaton North’s 34 points.
North Star Nick Borger (15:38.3) led his team with a fourth place finish.
Geneva finished in fourth (104) and East (136) took sixth place.
The Saints’ Max Rowland (15:36.1) paced his team in third place while Nathan Wendt’s (15:49.0) ninth place finish was tops for the Vikings.
The top seven teams advance to the sectionals along with the top five runners from the remaining three teams.
DeKalb runners took first in both races. Marc Dubrick won the boys race with a time of 15:26.7 while Kelsey Schrader’s time of 17:30.5 won the girls competition.
“Times were a little slower but the impact wouldn’t be more on anybody else than it would be on us,” Geneva coach Bob Thomson said about the course conditions.
“Winning it (the regional) is icing on the cake,” Thomson said about his team’s first place finish. “We don’t usually have the goal to win a regional. Our goal is to qualify through from regionals to sectionals and from sectionals to state so this is one of the steps along the way.”
Thomson is optimistic about the girls’ chances at the sectional.
“Next week looks good,” Thomson said. “Right now if you look at rankings, the girls should make it.”
“I was very happy with how we ran,” said North Stars boys coach Kevin Harrington. “It wasn’t perfect but that’s the nice part. We ran well but our perfect race is waiting out there. We ran confidently and we ran well.”
“It was great to have Nick Borger come in the top five,” Harrington added. “He ran a great race he was right up there on the tail of the leaders the whole time.”
North’s Spencer Gray's finish was impacted by the sloppy course conditions.
“Gray, who’s been our normal number one, he took a bite of mud," Harrington said. “He was third all the way until one of the last turns, then he went down. Spencer got up and took sixth.”
The St. Charles East Sectional will be run at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve next Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.