WARRENVILLE – All six Geneva and St. Charles girls and boys cross country teams came out ready to take advantage of a brisk Saturday morning at the IHSA Class 3A Wheaton North Regional at St. James Forest Preserve.
The area girls teams took the top three positions and produced eight of the top 10 finishers.
Geneva won the girls regional with a team score of 42 points. Geneva took places 4-7 overall. Senior Kathryn Adelman (18:05.5) came in fourth followed by sophomore McKenzie Altmayer (18.13.9). Junior Brooke Nusser (19.19.6) finished in sixth and sophomore Emma McSpadden (18:27.1) took seventh place.
Staying in a pack was a big key to Geneva's success.
“The race went out really fast,” Altmayer said. “It was really nice because we had four of our girls all together at once. We tried to pack up the whole race and we did for the most part."
“I think the race went pretty well,” Adelman added. “We had a good pack of girls, there were about four of us up there. We were together at the first mile and that pumped me up. I know that the whole team is really excited for what we did today and I know were just as pumped for next weekend. We can’t wait to get out there and see what we can do.”
St. Charles North senior Ashley England was the individual girls champion in 17:37.3.
“I knew from the start I got out a little fast,” England said. “I had a gap by the first time we went into the woods.”
England came out this week wanting to avenge last week’s conference defeat by one second.
“After last week getting beat by a second, I knew that I had to come out here and that I wanted to win,” said England. “It was a lot of preparation throughout the week of finishing strong and mentally getting through that second mile.”
England did just that by coming in first place out of 62 girls. She led her team to second place in the regional with a team score of 49 points. Sophomore Nina Olshever took 10th place (18.44.6) followed by senior Kaylee Wessel in 11th (18.48.3).
The St. Charles East girls finished third overall with a team score of 67 points. Junior Torree Scull led the way for the Saints (17.57.0), finishing in second place. Teammate Corrin Adams took ninth (18:39.0).
“The past four weeks I haven’t been running well at all,” Scull said. “I really just wanted to go out today and try kind of a new strategy. I wanted to focus on not going out as hard and easing into the race, getting my position and having a lot towards the end. It really worked.
The boys area teams also advanced to next week's sectionals. Five of the top 10 finishers came from Geneva, St. Charles East and St. Charles North.
The East boys won the regional with a team score of 50 points. Senior Max Rowland led the Saints by finishing third overall (15:30.6). He was followed by teammate Mark Sciurba (15.40.8), who finished sixth. Lucas Werner (16:05.1) and sophomore Mike Gerkin (16:06.2) finished 12th and 13th overall.
“I got out a lot faster personally than I ever have before,” Rowland said. “We settled in really nicely. The five of us at the top stuck together. Towards the end we started to thin out because it is such a long straightaway to the finish line at this course. We have come quite far because I remember last year we were all qualifying individually for sectionals and now we have actually won the regional.”
North finished in third place with a team score of 81 points. Senior Nathan Klair led the North Stars (15:37.2), finishing in fifth place. Teammate Kevin Davis finished in seventh (15:45.9).
Geneva finished in fifth place overall with a team score of 87 points. Senior Blaine Bartel placed second for the Vikings.
All six squads will be advancing to the Waubonsie Valley Sectional next Saturday.