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South Elgin's Tuin 2nd at Elgin Invite

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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

South Elgin's Jordan Tuin finished second Tuesday in the Elgin City Invitational girls cross country meet, finishing in a time of 19:10.4 behind St. Charles North's Sydney Stuenkel (18:39.7).

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

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Tuin's personal-best time is 18:18 set last year, a mark she hopes to lower this year.

"We'll see how the season goes and then I'll see if state is plausible," Tuin said.

Stuenkel helped the North Stars to the team title. North, which finished 14th at the Class 3A state meet last season, had 25 points, placing seven runners in the top 10, though only the top five count toward the team score.

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.

"We have gotten a lot faster this year," 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."

Bartlett (63 points) finished second as a team, followed by Streamwood (83), Dundee-Crown (128) and Glenbard North (144).

Streamwood senior Amanda Patterson finished fourth (19:23.0) and Bartlett's Nicole Watkins was fifth (19:30.7).

Also scoring for Bartlett was Taylor Crawford (12th, 20:23.5), Sarah Kasiurak (13th, 20:28.0), Megan Neilson (16th, 20:39.8) and Cortney Kingsmill (17th, 20:48.5). Alyssa Patterson (11th, 20:19.4), Gabby Juarez (18th, 20:59.9), Jeanette Kirshenbaum (25th, 21:36.2) and Jess Kirshenbaum (33rd, 21:55.6) counted for Streamwood.

Natalie Himmel was the top Dundee-Crown finisher, placing 19th in 21:09.1.

Larkin's best runner was Allison Driskill, who was 26th in 21:43.6.

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