Cross Country: Sandburg boys, Lockport girls capture SWSB title
Updated: October 13, 2012 7:51PM
With the SouthWest Suburban Blue title on the line, Lockport runners weren’t going to try to chase down Sandburg’s Carly Krull when she opened a big lead Saturday at Channahon Community Park.
“We just let her go because we knew we needed to work as a team to win this,’’ Lockport’s Bianca Wiemeyer said. “It’s really exciting. It’s a big rush.”
In a steady rain, Lockport retained the girls championship by placing five runners in the top nine, led by Haley Beaumont (3rd, 18:29.5) and Wiemeyer (4th, 18:31.1). Lockport totaled 27 points to 42 for runner-up Sandburg in the eight-team meet.
“Toward the end we found each other,” Wiemeyer said. “It felt really good to actually finish right behind each other.”
“We’re more of a pack this year,” Beaumont said. “It was really good to have our close pack. We work as a team and just keep pushing each other each race.”
Completing the scoring pack for the Porters were Kimberly Johnson (5th, 18:39), Aubrey Elwood (6th, 18:40.8) and Courtney Correa (9th, 18:51.1).
“They achieved a lot of their team goals, they achieved a lot of individual goals and that’s what it’s all about,” Lockport coach Evon Marie Schlotter said. “They did a nice job today, a nice job in the rain. It was a good day.”
Lincoln-Way East (78) edged Lincoln-Way Central (81) for third place, with Kaley McLawhorn (7th, 18:41.8) and Sami Ostmann (8th, 18:45.6) out front for the Griffins. Central’s top runners were Alena Pacheco (10th, 18:56.4) and Elizabeth Venezio (11th, 19:02.5).
Bolingbrook (171) finished fifth, Joliet West (179) was sixth and Joliet Central (234) eighth.
In the boys race won by Sandburg, Chris Kaminski (5th, 15:29.6) and Dru Rozewicki (6th, 15:30.6) led Lincoln-Way Central (49) to second place ahead of Lockport (101) and Lincoln-Way East (105). Central’s other scorers were Ben Zibricky (11th), Kevin Fabian (13th) and Joey Nelson (14th).
Other runners finishing in the top 10 were Lockport’s Will Giroux (3rd, 15:25.6) and Lincoln-Way East’s Luke Johnston (9th, 15:44.3).
Joliet West (129) placed fifth with two runners in the top 20 in Hugo Hernandez (12th) and Dan Treasure (19th).
“Nobody outworks him,” Joliet West coach Brian Newman said of Hernandez. “We hope he gets a chance to run in college.”
Joliet Central (163) took seventh ahead of Bolingbrook (190). Salvador Lazaro (22nd), a junior in his first year in cross country, was the top finisher for Joliet Central despite falling during the race.