Williamsville girls runner takes third at IHSA Class 1A cross country state finals

Trevor Lawrence
State Journal-Register
Williamsville's Louisa Wilson (403) battles Eureka's Anna Perry in the Class 1A girls state cross country championship Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Wilson finished third in a time of 17.34.48. Perry finished fourth. Williamsville finished sixteenth as a team while Eureka took third place.

Williamsville freshman Louisa Wilson finished in 17 minutes, 34.48 seconds and raced to a third-place finish at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A girls state cross country meet on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria. 

Wilson shaved off some time from her first-place finish at last weekend's Elmwood Sectional when she went 18:19.76. Wilson was the only Springfield-area runner to finished in the top 25 and make all-state in 1A. Pleasant Plains junior Jaidynn Albers finished 32nd in 18:41.51 and junior Vivian Rahmel of Sacred Heart-Griffin was 39th in 18:50.48. Rahmel took seventh at the Elmwood Sectional.  

Senior Lianna Surtz of Aurora Rosary crossed in first place in 17:21.45 and Urbana University junior Kate Ahmari was second in 17:29.24 to finish ahead of Wilson. Tolono Unity won the team championship with a score of 126. SHG finished 14th as a team with 377 points, and Williamsville was 16th with 431. 

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Springfield High's Madeline Kim eyes the finish line in the Class 2A girls state cross country championship Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Kim finished in 36th place in a time of 18:26.21.

Class 1A boys 

Litchfield sophomore Camden Quarton finished in 23rd place and made all-state in the boys race. 

Quarton's time of 15:33.11 was better than his 16:32.22 effort when he placed sixth at the Trenton Wesclin Sectional. South County senior Jake Gutzman just missed all-state honors with a 30th-place finish in 15:46.64. He was 13th (16:48.84) at the Elmwood Sectional. Junior Daniel Giacomini of Williamsville was 53rd (16:07.12) and Pleasant Plains sophomore Jack Willenborg was 83rd in 16:24.29. 

Senior Ryder James of Paxton-Buckley-Loda won the race in 14:16.89. Chicago Latin won the team championship with 165 points. Litchfield, which sent a full team to state, came in 29th place with 734. 

Class 2A girls

Lincoln's Becca Heitzig competes in the Class 2A girls state cross country championship Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Heitzig finished in 12th place in a time of 17:43.43.

Lincoln sophomore Becca Heitzig finished in 12th place and sectional champion Chatham Glenwood was seventh in the team standings in the Class 2A  girls race. 

Heitzig, the Decatur MacArthur Sectional champion, recorded a time of 17:43.43 on Saturday to get all-state honors. Her sectional time was 18:12.91. Glenwood's score of 238 was helped when seniors Nia Gibson (18:16.98) and Emma Leahy (18:18.96) finished 28th and 29th, respectively. Sophomore Ava Gorrie (18:25.51) was 34th and freshman Rachel Behrens came in 67th (18:53.80) for Glenwood.

Other area qualifiers included Springfield High junior Madeline Kim, who was 36th in 18:26.21. Rochester freshman Brooke Zeibert finished 138th in 19:40.35.

Chicago Latin senior Ava Parekh won the race in 16:23.88 and Grayslake Central was crowned team champions with a score of 148.

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Class 2A boys 

Lincoln's Brenden Heitzig (1791) jockeys for position during the Class 2A boys state cross country championship Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Heitzig finished 17th in a time of 15:15.32.

Lincoln junior Brenden Heitzig finished in 15:15.32 and took 17th place to make all-state honors in the Class 2A boys race. 

Heitzig was second at the Decatur MacArthur Sectional in which he finished in 15:59.23. As a team, Springfield High placed 15th with 399 points. The Senators were second as a team at the sectional and their highest state placer was senior Ethan Sommers, who came in 72nd in 16:01.09. Senior Jack Casey was next for Springfield in 81st place (16:03.54). 

Taylorville sophomore Owen Morgan was 97th in 16:11.98. Carbondale senior Alex Partlow came in first place in 14:11.96 — and with a score of 120 — Oak Park Fenwick captured the team championship.