Jacobs boys cross country coach Kevin Christian thought his team had a good chance to claim the Fox Valley Conference team title Saturday.
Sometimes, though, things just don't work out.
With two runners in the Top 5, including individual champion Alex Baker, Crystal Lake Central ran to the team title with a score of 59. Jacobs was 4 points behind the Tigers in second place with 63 points.
Baker took top honors with a 3 mile time of 15:36.4 while Ryan Pitner was fifth for the Tigers.
Jacobs was led by Ryan Ross with a sixth-place effort. Ross was joined in the Top 10 by Matt Johnson, who was eighth. In the Top 25 for the Golden Eagles were Tyler Estell (15th), Matt Goldby (16th), Sebastian Baran (18th) and Pat Nerja (19th).
"We thought we had a chance to win conference," said Christian. "It is disappointing to finish second. We had a nice pack, we thought they would finish a little higher. Give Central credit, they ran well."
Crystal Lake South, led by a 10th place finish from Duncan Henderson and an 11th place effort from David Lenzini, was fourth with a score of 139.
"Duncan and David ran unbelievably," said South coach Rich Eschmann."We figured David Lenzini to be a Top 25 finisher and he finished 11th and he ran without a shoe most of the race. Our best case scenario was to finish fourth and the kids ran well. "
With Seth Conroy placing seventh and Keagan Smith ninth, Huntley was fifth with a score of 142.
Grayslake Central placed sixth with a score of 156. Top 25 finishers for the Rams were Thomas Zygmunt (23rd) and Kevin Boyle (25th).
Cary-Grove placed eighth with a score of 226. Michael Saxon was the Trojans top runner with a 32nd place finish.
Grayslake North placed 11th with a score of 309. Ryan Bruder was the top Knight runner with a 33rd place finish.
Dundee-Crown was 12th with a score of 317 and was paced by David Breyette, who was 46th.
Hampshire placed 13th with a score of 318. Russ Seaton just missed the Top 25 with a 26th place finish for the Whip-Purs.