Two for the road.
Just one trophy was not enough for the Yorkville Foxes.
While the boys team didn’t grab the state title like the girls team did, the Foxes ran very well placing third on the boys side. Behind all-state performances by twins Jake Hoffert and Luke Hoffert, who finished 12th and 15th respectively, Yorkville took third place with 129 points. Jones won the team title with 85 points, while Belvidere North finished second with 126 points.
“I could not be happier,” Yorkville coach Chris Muth said. “This is the first time that Yorkville has won a state trophy on the boys level in 25 years. The boys peaked at exactly the right time. This was their best race of the year for them, collectively. They got aggressive and went after it. Those two sophomores were not only a great 1-2 punch today, but for the future.”
Jake Hoffert finished in 14:48. His brother also cracked the 15-minute barrier, finishing in 14:51. The two were followed by a pair of seniors, Zak Arcara (30th, 15:13) and Eric Baker (51st, 15:23). Arcara missed all-state status by 10 seconds. Yorkville’s fifth man was senior Nick Harrison (53rd, 15:24). Junior Nolan Tweedy finished 73rd in 15:36, while senior Shawn O’Malley finished in 15:39 — which was good for 76th.
“Our coach (Ben Draper) took everyone’s time and compared them,” Luke Hoffert said. “Our coach predicted and believed we would be all-staters. Even our coach was surprised by 12th and 15th.”
“We just wanted to handle it like any other race,” said Jake Hoffert. “We went out a little faster because it was the state finals, but for the most part we ran conservatively. At the end, we put in a harder kick than normal.”
After finishing fifth in the Class 2A sectional one week ago, Kaneland stepped up and finished 13th in the boys race. The Knights finished with 351 points. They were led by Conor Johnson, who took 36th in 15:18.
In the Class 1A competition, Mooseheart junior Wal Khat went out tremendously fast and at one point was in fourth in the race. He took 24th finishing in 15:25.
“I keep learning about the sport of cross country,” Khat said. “There is much for me to learn. I hope to be more educated about the sport in one year.”
Batavia senior Trevor Hollis finished the Class 3A race in 15:09 to take 62nd.