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Lake Zurich earns a spot downstate

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By John Bumbales
Daily Herald Correspondent

There wasn't much wiggle room for area boys cross country teams and individuals hoping to earn a berth to the state meet saturday morning at the class 3a schaumburg sectional. mid-suburban league teams dominated the 19-team meet on the 3-mile busse woods course, with hersey holding off rival squad buffalo grove 93-112 for the championship under the roughly 45-degree running conditions. palatine took third place by a narrow 154-157 margin over perennial power lake zurich as the bears will be making their sixth straight trip to detweiller park next saturday under coach j.b. hanson. lake zurich's push for fourth place was led by elite freshman matt pereira, who placed sixth in 15:30. the bears' top-five pack also featured will llanos (24th), dave brown (26th), austin kuehr (40th), and matt reninger (64th).

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