Ghost cross country fights through two meets

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Illinois Valley Central junior Liz Willford set an IVC cross country home record Thursday when she ran 19:48.

The girls’ team beat Spring Valley Hall, St. Bede and Kewanee while the boys also beat the same three teams.

“As a team, this was by far our best meet of the year,” coach Mike Themas said. “The kids ran well. Many were trying to get on our top 10 home course record board.

“Junior Ryan Greskoviak placed first overall to lead the boys.”

Caleb Magee came in second for the boys with a time of 17:28 and was followed by Dusty Seckler at 17:32. Drew Zadrzynski finished fourth for the boys in 17:50.

Joe PowerWayvon set a personal record with a time of 18:29. Spencer Delaware also had a personal record with 18:37. Liam Price ran a personal record 19:15 and Evan Schultz’ 19:40 set his own personal record.

For the girls, Erica Larson came in third with a personal record of 20:20.

Jessica Owdom’s sixth-place finish overall at 20:45 set a personal record as well. Bethany Espinosa finished 10th at 21:47. KayLee Truninger came in 11th with a personal record of 21:51. Aubrey Allison finished 12th with a personal record of 21:55. Chelsey McClain’s time of 22:58 set her own personal record. McKenzie Schroeder finished 15th in 23:34.

The team headed to Bureau Valley for the Bureau Valley Invite Saturday and, out of 24 teams, the boys finished 16th and the girls finished 14th out of 38 teams.

“I thought both the girls and boys competed,” Themas said. “They were still tired from the Thursday meet. Bureau Valley has several steep hills which were very challenging.”

The team next races at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kewanee.