DeKALB – The Kaneland boys cross country team finished as narrow runners-up to Belvidere North at Tuesday’s Sycamore Invitational at Afton Forest Preserve.
Powered by sophomore Matthew Richtman’s fifth-place finish in 16:22, the Knights placed second among 14 teams with 73 points. Belvidere North had a team score of 67.
“We were very surprised to have such a good start to our season,” Knights coach Chad Clarey wrote in an email. “We usually need a few races to get our bearings. The two up front helped us out considerably.”
Senior Austin Kintz followed Richtman with a seventh-place run in 16:36. Sean Spaetzel (17:18) and Noah Duffey (17:27) finished 17th and 18th, respectively.
“It was a nice start,” Clarey wrote, “but our team’s goals lie in the finish to the season. There are no easy roads through northern Illinois cross country.”
Burlington Central finished ninth with 235 points. Nick Harvey paced the Rockets, taking 16th in 17:16.
In the girls race, St. Francis (seventh, 172) and Burlington Central (eighth, 182) rounded out the eight-team field. Belvidere North won with 50 points.
Megan Safranski took ninth for BC in 21:01. Leila Kral was St. Francis’ top runner, placing 16th in 21:34.
St. Charles North def. South Elgin, 2-0 (25-19, 25-10): At St. Charles, seniors led the charge for North as Jaclyn Taylor finished with 16 assists, while Claire Anderson had seven kills to lead the North Stars (6-1) to the Upstate Eight Conference crossover win. Sophomores Abby Graham and Amanda Parker, and freshman Gigi Crescenzo each added four kills for North.
Rosary def. Oswego, 2-1 (25-15, 25-27, 25-12): At Oswego, Erin Burke powered Rosary with 15 kills. Meegan Hart added eight kills and 10 blocks, while Kennedy Jenig had 15 digs.
Marian Central def. St. Francis, 2-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-23): At Woodstock, St. Francis suffered its first loss of the season in the nonconference matchup with Marian Central. The Spartans (1-1) will be back in action Friday at the Conant Invite.
Kaneland 1, Dundee-Crown 1: At Maple Park, Trevor Jahns scored a first-half goal for Kaneland’s only goal in the nonconference draw with Dundee-Crown. Kaneland (0-2-1) still searches for its first win of the season.
Geneva 1, Hersey 1: At Oak Brook, junior Matt Waldoch scored a goal for Geneva (1-2-1) in its draw with Hersey in the first game of the Hinsdale Central Red Devil Cup.
St. Francis 0, Lake Park 0: At Lake Park, St. Francis finished in a scoreless draw as part of the John Hillner Classic at Lake Park High School. John Burke had five saves in goal for the Spartans (1-0-1).
Batavia 179, West Chicago 235: At Bliss Creek in Sugar Grove, Rebecca Hasemann earned medalist honors, shooting a 42 to help Batavia take care of West Chicago in the Upstate Eight Conference crossover dual meet.
Geneva 176, Glenbard East 185: At Glendale Lakes in Glendale Heights, Darby Lillibridge shot a 7-over 42 to lead Geneva to the nonconference win over Glenbard East. Kendal Fioresi (43), Reilly Krohe (44) and Natalie Saeger (47) rounded out the scoring for the Vikings.
Kaneland 3, DeKalb 2: At DeKalb, Kaneland swept doubles play en route to a Northern Illinois Big 12 victory. The No. 1 tandem of Lauren Karolewicz and Marley Schultz won, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The No. 2 pairing of Emily Mirocha and Katelyn Blaszynski earned a 6-7, 6-3, 10-4 win.
Fenwick 3, Rosary 2: At Aurora, freshman Maria Goheen improved to 3-0 on the season at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win for Rosary in the GCAC loss.
Lizzie Graft also picked up a win for the Royals (2-1, 0-1 GCAC) at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win.