IVC cross country hits 40

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Running at home: Runners congregated Saturday at Shore Acres Park for the annual Windy Childs Cross Country Re-Run. Attending that day were three of the four coaches of the IVC High School cross country team, from left, Mike Themas (2002-present), Paul Mercer (1991-95) and founder Windy Childs (1968-91) Not pictured is coach Brian Valek (1995-2002).

The Illinois Valley Central High School cross country team celebrated its 40th anniversary Saturday at Shore Acres Park at the annual Windy Childs Alumni Re-run.

“The turnout was tremendous,” said coach Mike Themas. “Rich Lingenfelter and Jeff McMorrow did a great job in calling former athletes. Brian Long put together a photo album showing every team from 1968 to the present.

“IVC’s first cross country coach, Windy Childs, who began coaching at IVC in 1968, was on hand to speak to the crowd and to hand out individual trophies.

“When I first started coaching IVC cross country six years ago, I renamed the IVC Alumni Re-run to the Windy Childs Alumni Re-run to honor coach Childs.

“It was nice for my kids to actually put a face to the name. All and all, it was just a very fun day.”

Results from the 2.72-mile course include: 1. Dan Johnson 15:12, 2. David Weber 15:40, 3. Leo Vandervlugt 17:07, 4. Aaron Elwell 17:10, 5. Eric Espinosa 17:11, 6. Danny Kendzierski 17:28, 7. Joe Otto 17:51, 8. Caleb Bjerk 17:52, 9. Ale Tarantino 17:52, 10. JP Stedwill 18:38, 11. Rick Lingenfelter 18:40, 12. Jeff McMorrow 18:41, 13. Michael Parkinson 18:48, 14. Richard Mayerhofer 19:19, 15. Miles Bannister 19:42, 16. Marci Furuholmen 19:45, 17. Cecily Stedwill 20:33, 18. Chris Connor 20:38, 19. Emily Pence 21:32, 20. Sarah James 21:37, 21. Brian Long 21:58, 22. Jessica Owdom 22:13, 23. Roger Owdom 22:15, 24. Kelsey Thornton 22:35, 25. Don Otto 22:48, 26. Lindsey James 23:47, 27. Liz Norris 23:47, 28. Mikayla Vail 23:55, 29. Franchesca Stedwill 23:59, 30. Jeff Stedwill 24:03, 31. John LaPayne 24:07, 32. Demmie Johnson 24:10, 33. Pam Lingenfelter 26:50, 34. Toni Smith 26:50, 35. Caitlin Griffin 28:18, 36. Bethany Espinosa 29:46, 37. Will Smith 30:29.

The IVC cross country team will head to Bureau Valley for a 4:15 p.m. meet Tuesday.