Jacobs claims regional crown

The Jacobs girls cross country team, running without No. 1 runner Lauren Van Vliebergen (foot injury), won the Class 3A Rockford Guilford regional on Saturday at Rockford College, scoring 26 points to far outdistance second place Harlem.

Golden Eagles’ senior Sam Baran stepped up in Van Vliebergen’s absence to win the 3-mile race in a time of 17:46.2. Freshman Alex Lorenz was fourth for the Eagles in 18:16.5.

Huntley scored 86 points to ake fourth place and advance to next week’s Schaumburg sectional. Larkin also advanced by finishing sixth.

Freshman Kate Micthell was Huntley’s top runner, taking ninth place in 18:58.5. Sophomore Kelly Meehlieb was 10th for the Red Raiders and junior Jenni Carlson finished 14th.

Senior Crystal Nava was Larkin’s top finisher, taking 18th place in 19:59.5.

At Grant: Cary-Grove took fourth as a team at the Class 3A Grant regional with sophomore Talia Duzey (18:51.24) finishing fifth.

“It was really a pretty good race with a lot of hard competition out here,” said Duzey, who missed making state by less than a second last year. “I felt like I did all I could and this is a really tough course. I feel pretty confident after staying up with the lead pack and running with a lot of pretty good girls.”

Senior Maddie Lundin, sophomore Gretchen Price, freshman Sarah Riley and senior Sarah Englund finished 18th through 26th for the Trojans.

Crystal Lake South took seventh as a team as junior Malgorazata Waz finished 28th. Sophomore Jade Franz took 34th to lead four individual qualifiers from Dundee-Crown. Carolyn Schneider, Natalie Himmel and Kirsten Berlet also advanced for the Chargers.

Palatine won the team title with 35 points. The Pirates’ Tess Wasowicz was the individual winner in a time of 18:16.61.

At Kaneland: Coach Vince Neil’s Burlington Central Rockets advanced to the Belvidere North sectional taking sixth with 155 points behind Sycamore (131), Woodstock (101) and Prairie Ridge (80).

“The girls did a great job,” Neil said. “We had one runner who didn’t perform quite as she’s capable of so that’s good for next week to see what we can do. The girls are excited about it and next week should be a good week for us.”

Kayla Wolf led the Rockets in 20:17 followed by Courtni Neubauer, Mykayla Evans, Katie Bush and Hannah Zipoy.

“She (Wolf) stepped up,” Neil said. “She hasn’t run with some of those individuals all year and she did well. A track girl who came out for conditioning performances to get ready for half-mile and she’s found out she’s pretty good at this. She’s just naturally a good runner.”

Hampshire was eighth to miss qualifying as a team but advanced all of its individuals led by sophomore Natalia Sztuk Vel Sztukow. Also advancing for the Whip-Purs were Lorena Sanchez, Elizabeth Pagan, Virginia Cano and Jordyn Flesher.

At Wheaton North: Streamwood finished sixth and Bartlett seventh to advance as teams out of the Class 3A Wheaton North regional. Geneva won the team title with St. Charles North second and St. Charles East third.

Sophomores Samantha Harding (23rd) and Adelaide Kelly (24th) were Streamwood’s top runners, while senior Nicole Watkins (6th) led Bartlett.

Qualifying as individuals were South Elgin junior Taylor Warrick (39th) and Storm freshman Samantha Czuprinski (43rd).

At Aurora Christian: Harvest Christian took fifth place at the Class 1 Aurora Christian regional to advance to the Lisle sectional. Johnsburg won the team title with 68 points.

Amber Nelson (8th) and Valerie Richter (17th) were Harvest Christian’s top runners.

Westmont’s Chloe Marshinski won the race in a time of 17:57.9.

John Radtke, Marty Maciaszek and John Lemon contributed to this report

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