In 3A boys, St. Charles East was fifth (187), two points from York and 28 behind third-place Neuqua Valley. The Saints contended for their first top-three state trophy since 1992 as St. Charles High School. They improved significantly from 13th in 2017.
“We went for it. We got in good position. We knew it was going to be close,” St. Charles East coach Chris Bosworth said. “They have put our program on the map.”
Batavia (311 points) was ninth for the second straight year. T Rosary was 13th (343).
Gianfrancesco (24th, 17:07.52) became Batavia’s first multiple top-25, all-stater after taking 13th in 2017. St. Charles East sophomore Alice Abbott (ninth, 16:40.28), St. Charles North freshman Rachel Price (18th, 17:01.07) and Geneva senior Sophia McDonnell (20th, 17:02.07) were 3A all-state for the first time.
In 3A boys, Geneva senior Ryan Kredell (22nd, 14:48.33) and St. Charles East senior Bennett Melone (24th, 14:50.33) were all-state.
St. Charles East junior Aidan King (26th, 14:50.57) was .09 from 25th. Melone, the first St. Charles East all-stater, had finished 163rd in 2017 (15:54).
“Going into high school I had one goal, to be an all-stater at some point. Now that I’m here it’s a little bittersweet because of the team,” Melone said. “We came out swinging and gave everything we had. Over my high school career, my team has been there for me.”