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updated: 8/30/2011 10:48 PM

St. Charles North runs away with title at Elgin

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  • South Elgin's Jordan Tuin, middle, bites her lip as she comes out of the shadows at the start of the Elgin cross country invitational Tuesday at Lords Park. She finished second overall. To her left is Amanda Patterson of Streamwood, who finished fourth, and on her right is Bartlett's Nicole Watkins, who finished fifth overall.

       South Elgin's Jordan Tuin, middle, bites her lip as she comes out of the shadows at the start of the Elgin cross country invitational Tuesday at Lords Park. She finished second overall. To her left is Amanda Patterson of Streamwood, who finished fourth, and on her right is Bartlett's Nicole Watkins, who finished fifth overall.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Sydney Stuenkel leads South Elgin's Jordan Tuin during the Elgin cross country invitational Tuesday at Lords Park. They finish first and second, respectively.

       St. Charles North's Sydney Stuenkel leads South Elgin's Jordan Tuin during the Elgin cross country invitational Tuesday at Lords Park. They finish first and second, respectively.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Ashley England crosses the finish line in third place during the Elgin cross country invitational Tuesday at Lords Park.

       St. Charles North's Ashley England crosses the finish line in third place during the Elgin cross country invitational Tuesday at Lords Park.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Sydney Stuenkel crosses the finish line in first place during the Elgin cross country invitational Tuesday at Lords Park.

       St. Charles North's Sydney Stuenkel crosses the finish line in first place during the Elgin cross country invitational Tuesday at Lords Park.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Brian Schaumburg
Daily Herald Correspondent

The St. Charles North girls cross country team got started Tuesday what it hopes to be a very successful season.

The North Stars dominated the Elgin City Invitational at Lords Park, placing seven runners in the top 10 and finishing with 25 points. Only the top five runners from each school count toward the team score so STC North's ninth and 10th place finishers did not even count toward its score.

"We have gotten a lot faster this year," STC North senior Sydney Stuenkel said. "Our goal again is to go down to state and we think we can even be better state team this year, possibly place top 10."

The North Stars finished 14th at the state meet last season and only lost one (Erica Bauerbach) of their top seven runners from that team.

Stuenkel won the individual title by completing the 3-mile course in 18:39.7, nearly 50 seconds faster than she finished this race last year.

"I felt really good," Stuenkel said. "The race started out real fast so I got worried. But then as the second mile rolled around, I decided to just go for it."

STC North sophomore Ashley England was third (19:14.7). Elle Murata (sixth, 10:33.7), Ania Gawlik (seventh, 19:48.9) and Kaylee Wessel (eighth, 19:54.6) also counted for the North Stars. Kelly Manski (ninth, 20:09.1) and Megan Young (20:16.6) also finished in the top 10, but did not figure into the team score for the North Stars.

South Elgin senior Jordan Tuin took second in 19:10.4.

"I think I went out a little too fast," Tuin said. "Overall, I think it went pretty well."