IVC cross country stays busy

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Chelsea McClain, left, and Aubrey Allison, right, run for the Illinois Valley Central cross country team in a recent home meet.

The Illinois Valley Central cross country team has had a busy few weeks, starting with a meet at Princeton Aug. 30.

“The girls meet could not have been any closer,” Mike Themas said. “We tied Bureau Valley with our top five runners scoring. The official breaker is your sixth runner. Our sixth runner was 22nd and theirs was 21st.”

The girls tied Bureau Valley With 42 points, but lost the tie breaker.

Henry scored 50 and Princeton 88.

“Our top three girls finished third, fourth and fifth,” Themas said. “We need to get our fourth and fifth runners a little closer.

“Our second runner, Liz Willford, continues to push our No. 1 runner, Bethany Espinosa. Our No. 3 runner, Erica Larson, is not far behind so there is good competition.”

The boys scored 49 points, with Bureau Valley scoring 30 and Princeton 51.

“For the boys, Ryan Greskoviak finished fifth overall and first for IVC,” Themas said. “Caleb Magee moved up to No. 2 for IVC. Drew Zadrzynski had a good race to finish fourth for us.”

The team then headed to Spring Valley Hall Sept. 1.

The girls scored 35 and the boys finished with 74 points.

“The temperature was 100 degrees with the heat being even higher,” Themas said. “We told our runners to go out easy and then see how they felt. We didn’t want to take any chances.

“Our girls actually ran pretty well with four consecutive places. The course had a lot of twists and turns and it was easy to get lost.

“Espinosa continues to be our No. 1 runner with Larson finishing second and Willford right behind her.

“Our boys were too easily widely separated from each other to finish high as a team.

“Our No. 1 runner, Greskoviak, finished third overall and ran well in the heat. Dusty Seckler was our second runner and finished ninth overall.”

The team then headed to Richwoods Sept. 6.

The girls beat Richwoods, 26-29, but fell to Notre Dame, 25-52.

“I was happy with our girls win over Richwoods,” Themas said. “Our top five girls continue to run close together.”

The boys lost to Richwoods, 20-38, and lost to Notre Dame, 18-45.

“Our boys didn’t win but they continue to improve,” Themas said. “In fact, everyone on the team set personal records for this course.”

On Saturday, the team took on the Woodruff Invitational.

The girls finished 25th out of 41 teams and the boys finished 27th.

The team next races at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at home against Kewanee, St. Bede and Hall.