AURORA – The Geneva girls cross country team maintained its strong postseason tradition at Saturday's 3A Waubonsie Valley Sectional, placing third to advance to the Nov. 9 state meet as a team.
St. Charles North finished fifth, topping rival St. Charles East for the final qualifying spot to Peoria's Detweiller Park.
McKenzie Altmayer finished 15th in 18:41 to pace the Vikings. Teammates Kathryn Adelman (18th, 18:50), Emma McSpadden (21st, 18:57) and Brooke Nusser (22nd, 19:04) weren't far behind. That got the Vikings celebrating even quicker.
"It's just awesome because we wanted it so bad," Altmayer said. "We were all texting each other back and forth that we can do it guys. We got this. This is out race. It just means the world to us to go again."
Senior Ashley England (fourth, 18:13) and sophomore Nina Olshever (26th, 19:14) keyed North's team total of 145, which was better than East's 182. The race marked the best sectional finish for England, a four-time state qualifier.
Saints junior Torree Scull qualified for state as an individual after an 11th-place run of 18:29. The Batavia duo of Dakota Roman (13th, 18:34) and Miranda Rea (25th, 19:10) also is state-bound.
"I'm really excited. It's been my goal all season to qualify," Scull said. "It's my third year. It was a fast race. The course definitely made the times higher, especially because of the hill."
In the boys race, Batavia advanced as a team with a fifth-place finish of 174, 15 points better than Marmion. Mitch Zabka (25th, 16:06) and Ryan Wieties (27th, 16:08) led the Bulldogs, while Jorden Berendt (38th) and Mitch Voellinger (40th) were part of a tight pack about 12 seconds behind.
St. Charles East senior Max Rowland qualified as an individual after running ninth in 15:47. Marmion's John Graft (13th) and Brady Bobbitt (15th) also are state-bound.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Class 2A Belvidere Sectional: At Belvidere, Kaneland placed fourth as a team, clinching a berth to next week's state meet. Seniors Kyle Carter (19th, 15:56) and Nathaniel Kucera (21st) paced the Knights. Burlington Central junior Clay Musial, who finished 12th in 15:43, advanced as an individual.
Class 2A Wheaton Academy Sectional: At Kress Creek Farms in West Chicago, Wheaton Academy placed fourth in the team race to qualify for next week's state meet, as Jacob Robleski (11th, 16:06) and Brandon Lach (14th, 16:18) paced the pack. Aurora Central Catholic's Javier Montelongo (19th, 16:20) qualified as an individual, along with the St. Francis duo of Nick Vilimek (22nd, 16:23) and Andrew Hallet (23rd, 16:24).
Class 1A Lisle Sectional: At Lisle Community Park, Mooseheart's Wal Khat (16:41) and Aurora Christian's Tanner Chada (17:03) finished 1-2 to advance to next
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Class 2A Belvidere Sectional: At Belvidere, Kaneland placed fifth to clinch a team berth to next week's state meet. The Knights were the final qualifier from the sectional, finishing a comfortable 27 points ahead of Woodstock. Victoria Clinton (11th, 18:31) and Brianna Bower (15th, 18:37) guided the Knights.
Class 2A Wheaton Academy Sectional: At Kress Creek Farms in West Chicago, fourth-place Rosary advanced to next week's state meet as a team behind top-20 runs from Madison Ronzone (10th, 19:05), Shea Vero (17th, 19:30) and Emi Martin (19th, 19:35). St. Francis' Meghan McShea advanced as an individual, running 18th in 19:20.
Class 1A Lisle Sectional: At Lisle Community Park, Aurora Central Catholic finished third in the team race, earning a berth in next week's state meet. Karina Liz (sixth, 20:32) and Irene Crown (14th, 21:22) were the Chargers' top runners.
Upstate Eight Conference meet: At St. Charles, St. Charles East (288) topped runner-up and host St. Charles North (234) and the rest of the nine-team field. East's Jordan Morling was part of four winning swims, taking the individual title in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.32) and 100 backstroke (57.14) while teaming with the victorious 200 medley relay (1:47.93) and 400 freestyle relay (3:37.39).
East's Shea Hoyt was the 100 breaststroke champion in 1:05.28 and also was part of the 200 medley relay.
North's Monica Guyett won the 200 freestyle (1:54.93) and 500 freestyle (5:04.96), while also competing with the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:38.96).
• Tammy Swanson contributed to this report.