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Lianna Surtz did not have to play the role of runner-up in her second state appearance.
One year after a second-place finish in Class 2A, the Rosary sophomore toured the Detweiller Park layout in 16:41.01 to capture the Class 1A state championship.
“I knew I would have great competition in either class,” said Surtz, a Batavia resident. “I was just excited. I just tried to run my own race.”
In the Class 3A girls race, Batavia had repeat all-state runs by Katrina Schlenker and Mia Gianfrancesco.
But the Bulldogs were 24 points behind Hinsdale Central for the third and final state trophy.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” Batavia coach Chad Hillman said.
Schlenker, runner-up last fall, took third her sophomore year after placing behind four-time state champion Katelynne Hart of Glenbard West and three-time Wheaton Warrenville South star Sam Poglitsch.
Gianfrancesco became the first three-time state medalist in program history with her 25th-place effort.
“To sustain that level of success is a hard thing to do,” Hillman said of Gianfrancesco.
St. Charles North sophomore Rachel Price was also all-state for a second straight year by finishing No. 12.