Cross Country: Glenbard West, York reign supreme in WSSC meet
Updated: October 13, 2012 6:08PM
York almost made it a clean sweep on the varsity level in spite of the weather at the West Suburban Conference Meet at Schiller Woods on Saturday.
The Dukes picked up both individual conference titles and the varsity boys team title. The one that got away, the varsity girls title. But, second place against Glenbard West, who won with 40 points, did not dampen the spirits of Emma Fisher, York’s individual winner in the least. Fisher finished the three-mile course in 16 minutes, 58.1 seconds. Glenbard West junior Madeline Perez finished second in 17:07.2.
“That was a tough race between Madeline and I,” said Fisher. “I expected others in the front pack with us. I pushed the second half and she hung with me much longer than I expected.”
The Hilltoppers earned a 24-point win, however, as York finished second with 64 points. The Hilltoppers took four of the top eight places. In addition to Perez, Lisa Luczak (third, 17:34.3), Emma Reifel (seventh, 18:35.3) and Cynthia Mote (eighth, 18:37.1) and Kate Majewski (20th, 19:08.8) completed the Glenbard West top five. They had one other runner as Megan Orzog finished in 19:14.3 to take 24th. One Hilltopper runner fell and did not finish the race.
“We had a great 1-2 punch today,” said Glenbard West head coach Paul Hass. Our pack time was not bad. When you can put four runners in the top eight on a day like this in a conference like this, we will take it.”
The York Dukes, who have been in perpetual control of the West Suburban Silver Conference team title for years, took home another one on Saturday. Milling dashed to the finish line in 15:03.5. Downers North junior Zack Smith was right on his heels, finishing the three miles in 15:04.7.
“I just thought during the entire race that this was my final time to win a conference title,” said Milling. “We both started pretty conservative, but by two miles I knew it would be one of us that would win the conference title. I never felt comfortable. He was either ahead of me or on my shoulder the entire time.”
Smith was the only one that could interrupt the dominance. York had their top five in by sixth place, scoring a meager 19 points, only four points short of a perfect score. Kyle Mattes (15:14.1), Chris May (15:23.8), Alex Mimlitz (15:27.7) and Alex Bashqawi (15:28.9) took third through sixth place. Jack Libert (10th, 15:43.0) and Keenan Mueller (17th, 15:57.6) were York’s final two runners.
“This was a good effort,” said Joe Newton, the veteran head coach of the Dukes. “We are happy with this. We showed a ton of strength and depth today, not only in this race, but in the others as well.”