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Whitney, Williamson lead Vernon Hills' trophy effort

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Vernon Hills claims its third-place Class 2A state trophy at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Vernon Hills' Kyle Whitney takes 8th place in the Class 2A IHSA cross country state final at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9.

Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Lake Zurich's Matt Pereira takes 69th place in the Class 3A IHSA cross country state final at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9.

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It went down to the wire for the team trophies trophies Saturday afternoon in the Class 2A boys cross country state meet. And in the case of No. 3-ranked Vernon Hills, the seeds held up exactly as planned as the Cougars brought home the third-place hardware at historic Detweiller Park in Peoria. Unheralded Yorkville had just enough speed and depth on the 3-mile course to capture the championship of the super-close 27-team meet with 119 points while second-ranked Illiana Christian barely nipped the Cougars 134-136 for runner-up honors. Vernon Hills' push for a trophy was led by senior standout Kyle Whitney with a season-best, eighth-place time of 15:05. Freshman teammate Shane Williamson made the most of his first appearance downstate with a 27th-place finish, just missing the all-state (top 25) team.
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    • Vernon Hills claims its third-place Class 2A state trophy at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.
    • Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Vernon Hills' Kyle Whitney takes 8th place in the Class 2A IHSA cross country state final at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9.
    • Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Lake Zurich's Matt Pereira takes 69th place in the Class 3A IHSA cross country state final at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9.
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