Jacobs nabs regional
The Jacobs boys cross country team claimed the championship of the Class 3A Rockford Guilford regional on Saturday, scoring 34 points.
Rockford Jefferson was second with 46 points, while Huntley took third place with 58 points. Harlem, Larkin, Rockford Guilford and Hononegah also advanced to next Saturday's Schaumburg sectional.
Huntley freshman Seth Conroy finished second in the race at Rockford College, running the 3-mile course in 15:10. Jefferson senior Jason Reynolds was the individual champion in a time of 15:03.3. Huntley freshman Keagan Smith was third, while Jacobs senior Ryan Ross was fourth and Golden Eagles' junior Matt Johnson fifth.
Larkin's top runner was Alex O'Claire in 18th place in a time of 16:01.2. Cameron Powers was 23rd for the Royals.
At Grant: Senior Duncan Henderson took 10th in 16:31.53 to lead sixth-place Crystal Lake South and senior Dustin Throw was 20th to lead Cary-Grove to the seventh and final team qualifying spot out of the Class 3A Grant regional.
Sophomore Todd Noreen and senior Davide Breyette took 48th and 51st to grab the final two individual qualifying spots for Dundee-Crown and retiring coach Tom Smith, who was presented with a plaque in recognition of his career during the awards ceremony.
Lake Zurich won the team title with 41 points, slipping past Palatine (48). McHenry sophomore Jesse Reiser won the individual title in a time of 16:00.83 at Camp Henry Horner Park in Ingleside.
At Kaneland: Burlington Central (107 points) took fifth and Hampshire seventh in the eight-team field at Elburn Woods, each advancing to the Class 2A Belvidere sectional.
Burlington Central coach Vince Neil was glad to see his team close the gap on the same schools who had buried his squad earlier this fall. "Kaneland had destroyed us all year, Sycamore had beat us soundly. For us to be within 9 points of several of those teams, our goal was to be within 10 points of some of those teams."
Clay Musial led the Rockets in 11th overall in 16:53. Teammates Josh Schwarting (17:16.6), Dan Morgan (17:19.7), Thomas Osko (17:37.8) and Kyle Neubauer (17:43) followed Musial.
"Our goal for him today was to be in top 10," Neil said of Musial. "You have to set yourself up for next week. It's running well today and running with that mix of guys so next week you compete with the big dogs. He stepped up. He's looking pretty strong right now. We're excited about the team opportunities next week and some of our individuals."
Senior Ross Seaton was Hampshire's top runner.
At Wheaton North: Bartlett finished fifth with 121 points to advance to the Class 3A St. Charles East sectional. Wheaton North won the team title with 36 points and St. Charles North was second.
Junior Anthony Peters led Bartlett with a 10th place finish in a time of 15:50.8. Connor Rachford was 11th for the Hawks.
Advancing as individuals were Daniel Robles of Streamwood (22nd), Cristian Martinez (23rd) and Logan Jostes (37th) of Elgin and Matt Stover (38th) and Matt McClure (43rd) of South Elgin.
At Aurora Christian: Harvest Christian finished in a 7th-place tie with Walther Lutheran at the Class 1A Aurora Christian regional to advance to the Lisle sectional. Richmond-Burton won the team title with 29 points.
Robert Doby was Harvest Christian's top runner, finishing 10th in 16:19.2.
John Radtke, Marty Maciaszek and John Lemon contributed to this report