Cross Country: Marist seniors capture regional racesMarist's girls cross country team pose for photos after finishing 1st with a team score of 27 for the Sandburg Cross Country regionals, Saturday, October 20th, 2012 in Midlothian, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 20, 2012 5:03PM
Though their races were different, the results were the same for Marist seniors Maggie O’Loughlin and Kyle Hauser.
Competing at the Sandburg Regional cross country meet on Saturday at Midlothian Meadows, O’Loughlin breezed to the girls title with a time of 18 minutes, 13 seconds, while Hauser needed to scrap for the boys crown, winning in 15:21.
O’Loughlin led the pack from start to finish and never appeared in danger. She beat out Shepard senior Lauren Loomis (18:28) and teammate Moira McDermott (18:38) for her third straight regional crown.
“I kept trying to push, because that’s what my coach (Patrick Quinn) told me to do,” O’Loughlin said. “I tried to keep strong. My coach said I had a good straight away, so I was happy.”
Marist’s girls finished first overall with 27 points.
Sandburg, led by fourth-place finisher Maggie Sobolewski, took second with 54.
For Hauser, it was a clash for first with Brother Rice junior James Durkin. The duo emerged neck-and-neck from the start, remaining that way until the closing minute. Hauser managed to kick on the burners over the final turn, sailing past the finish line with a comfortable six-second victory over Durkin (15:27).
“We train on this course a lot, so I kind of knew where I should kick and where I usually get tired in workouts, so I gauged that,” Hauser said. “I was really looking forward to this race and the good competition in it, and I’m glad (Durkin) delivered.”
Shepard’s Josh Maier (15:39) and Abel Hernandez (15:40) took third and fourth, respectively, propelling Shepard (43 points) to the program’s first regional championship.
“Our team’s been working really hard,” Maier said. “To win the first regional in school history is amazing.”
Sandburg, resting some key members, took second with 59. Rice was third at 85.