Girls Cross Country: Lane’s Joanna Podosek outlasts teammate Carina Coss for titleShianne Baggett of Young runs through the decorated finish line in 4th place. | Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 13, 2012 7:04PM
The plot changed and so did the ending for Lane’s Joanna Podosek. Second in last year’s Public League girls cross country meet, Podosek edged teammate Carina Coss for this season’s title Saturday at Washington Park. Both covered the 3.0-mile course in 18 minutes, 22 seconds.
“[It] played out a little differently this year,” Podosek said. “It was more strung out; there wasn’t a front pack. Maybe that’s why the race felt faster, because I constantly felt I had to get up there.”
In fact, Podosek made her push with about 800 meters to go. The kick was just enough for beat out Coss at the finish line.
“I’m pretty happy with it,” Podosek said. “I’m sure I could have improved a little. Every race, everyone could do better. There’s always going to be those regrets and doubts. It was a good race overall.”
And it’s one item to check off her to-do list.
“It was my goal,” Podosek said of winning the city title. “I wanted to redeem myself from last year.”
The next big meet on the horizon will be the Class 3A Niles West Sectional in two weeks, when Podosek will try to qualify for the state meet in November at Peoria’s Detweiller Park.
Podosek and Coss helped Lane beat runner-up Young 37-57 for the team title. Jackie Byrnes (19:11, eighth) was the third Lane runner through the chute.
Jones (60), Northside (72) and Mather (131) rounded out the top five teams.
Young was paced by Shianne Baggett (18:46, fourth) and freshman Maia Sanders (19:02, sixth).
Northside sophomore Madison Weatherly was third in 18:27, Jones had Julia Heller (18:54) in sixth, Taft’s Jocelyne Mendoza (19:04) was seventh, Lake View’s Elizabeth Molina (19:12) finished ninth and Northside’s Elizabeth O’Conor (19:14) was 10th.