Boys Cross Country: Jamison Dale, Jones dominate Public League meet

Story Image Jamison Dale of Jones nears the finish with a decent lead to take first place in the Chicago Public League Cross Country Championship. | Patrick Gleason - For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: October 13, 2012 6:41PM

Saturday morning’s cool, rainy conditions weren’t ideal for being a spectator.

But they suited Jones senior Jamison Dale just fine.

Dale defended his Public League boys cross country title at Washington Park and paced the Eagles to a decisive 17-52 win over runner-up Lane in the team race.

“This is actually, truthfully my favorite weather to run in,” said Dale, who covered the flat 3.0-mile course in 14 minutes, 49 seconds. “I just love the little bit of cold, I love the rain. It just makes my body feel great.”

Of course, the season has been one feel-good story after another for Jones, which beat three-time defending Class 2A champ Belvidere North early and almost knocked off 3A favorite York at Palatine last month.

The Eagles are ranked 16th nationally by Running Times magazine and their goals go well past the city limits. No Public League cross country team has won state since Lane in 1963, and Jones aims to change that come November in Peoria.

“Regional, probably our top five won’t run,” said Dale, who led a 1-2-3-5-6 finish for the Eagles Saturday. “Sectional, we don’t know what we’re going to do. Last week at the [Nike Northside/Southside Challenge] we pack-ran it, we all felt great. Training is going well.”

The same looks to be true for the rest of the Eagles. Fellow seniors Luke O’Connor (14:52) and Kirby Lawson (14:59) finished 2-3, while junior Peter Schaible (15:17) was fifth and sophomore Kyle Maloney (15:19) took sixth. The only non-Jones runner in the top six was Lane senior Marcelo Burbano (15:08) in fourth.

The only hiccup for the Eagles, as for other Public League teams, was the Chicago Public Schools teachers strike last month.

“Those first two weeks, getting back into school, of course it’s a little rough,” Dale said. “But it wasn’t anything too bad and my training was going well. We were training the hardest we did all season then.”

Young (94), Mather (133) and Curie (163) rounded out the top five teams. Also in the top 10 individually were Young’s Logan Means (15:22), Mather’s Delvi Tahiraj (15:23) and Lane’s Jonathan Vara (15:25) and Pavlo Hutsalyuk (15:31) in seventh through 10th, respectively.

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