In the 2A girls race, Kaneland junior Rachel Richtman earned all-state for the third straight year by taking 15th (17:47.47). The Knights were 19th (39).
Richtman broke 18 minutes for the first time this season to join Kerry Rink (1985-87) as the program’s only three-time all-staters. Richtman was 12th last year and 18th as a freshman.
“Coming into this I was a little nervous because my times weren’t as fast as they were last year. I was like, ‘My one goal is all-state,’ ” Richtman said.
Matt Richtman helped his younger sister’s confidence with his letter presented to the team during their trip to Peoria Friday.
“I read it a few times before my race and I was like, ‘OK, if he believes in me. I can do it,’ ” Rachel Richtman said. “I had a lot of help from the people around me. My team was great in supporting me throughout the whole season, even when I’d be upset about a bad race.”
Sophomore Olivia Franklin was 34th (18:23.23) with a lifetime best by 20 seconds. Other finishers included senior Grace Purcell (83rd, 18:59.76), sophomore Audrey Broz (167th, 20:06.34), junior Emma Hickey (183rd, 20:34.72), senior Emma Ball (190th, 20:51.27) and sophomore MacKenzie Egert (197th, 21:08.26).
Burlington Central junior Anthony Farmer was third (14:53.35) with the Rockets’ highest boys finish after taking 21st last year.
Farmer only was beaten by Mahomet-Seymour senior Mathias Powell (14:31.77) and Lake Forest junior Nathan Schmitt (14:47.96) and fought off Antioch junior Charlie Smith (4th, 14:54.52).
Farmer ran 15:16 at 2017 state last year. Now Farmer seeks the school-record 14:47 set by three-time all-stater Clint Kliem in 2011.
“I was going in here trying to get top five. Out of nowhere, I just got third,” Farmer said. “My first time under 15:00. The trigger for that was Charlie Smith. He tried to pass me. I passed two other guys on top of him. Schmitt is the top returner and next year it’s just going to be battling it out with the top dogs.”
The Burlington Central girls were seventh (247) and boys 10th (272).