Brooks returns in Eagles win

Adam Larck
Allison Verville runs at a recent cross country event.

Leah Brooks picked up right where she left off last year in girls cross country.

Brooks, who had been sidelined with a small fracture in her left foot, competed in her first meet of the season Sept. 13 against Canton and Metamora.

Brooks finished in first for the team and second overall with a time of 19 minutes, 23 seconds. She was only 28 seconds behind the top finisher from Metamora.

Coming in right behind Brooks was Allison Verville with a time of 19:48. Rounding out the top five for the Eagles was Chloe Gunn, who finished in fifth in 20:32, Anastasia Landon, who took seventh in 20:53, and Abigail Jockisch, who finished in eighth in 20:59.

Overall, the girls team beat Metamora, 23-32, and Canton, 17-41.

On the boys side, the Eagles swept the top five spots against Metamora, 15-45, and easily outpaced Canton, 19-44.

Leading the way for the team was Zachary Plank, who took first place in 16:25. Twelve seconds behind was Matthew Weber, who finished third overall.

Fourth through sixth place was taken by Everett Lepp, John Eberle and Noah Neace. Lepp had a time of 16:47, while Eberle (17:04) and Neace (17:05) finished within a second of each other.

On Saturday, the boys team took first place at the Dunlap Invite with a team score of 41, Galesburg finished second with a 79.

Plank and Weber finished third and fourth, respectively, with Lepp coming in seventh. Rounding out the top five finishers were Eberle in 13th-place and Holshouser in 14th-place.

The girls team tied for second place with East Peoria at 108 points. Metamora won the event with 76 points.

Brooks led the team with a sixth-place finish, while Verville was two spots behind her.

Landon came in at 14th-place, with Jones finishing at 22nd. Stephanie Coghill rounded out the team results with a 58th-place finish.