I'll admit I thought York (Kroy T.C.) faced a stiff challenge on Sunday at the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional in Terre Haute, IN. But Kroy did the job, winning the boys title and an automatic berth in the nationals next month with 140 points.
Palatine's girls also led their parade, winning tickets to Oregon in December. York (Kroy) was led by Jack Driggs, who finished second to Carl Sandburg's Lukas Verzbicas with a 15:05.2. Verzbicas blew the field away with a 14:53.1 on the 5K course. The rest of York's (Kroy's) top five were Nick Gornick, 17th in 15:48; Ron Hedman, 31st in 16:00; Matt Simo, 40th in 16:03; and Tom Hedman, 50th in 16:08. Columbus North, the Indiana state champions and rated ahead of York in national rankings, took second with 146 points. Illinois teams dominated from there with Palatine T.C. (Palatine) third at 169, Naperville South T.C. (Neuqua Valley) fourth with 185, Oak Park Ghost Ruinners (Oak Park) fifth with 230 and Belvidere T.C.(Belvidere North) sixth with 251. Alpine (Lake Zurich), second in the Illinois state meet, finished ninth. Belvidere North, the Illinois Class 2A champion that did beat York early in the season, surprised me. I really thought that was the team York would have the most trouble beating. Back to the girls, Palatine had a top five consisting of Courtney Brown, 2nd in 18:09; Tess Wasowicz, 11th in 18:39; Sarah McIntosh, 16th in 18:51; Emily Schulte, 19th in 18:58; and Becca Sund, 24th in 19:04. Congrats to Kry T.C. and Palatine T.C.! One more thing. If you look at the boys open race. York (Kroy) showed its future hand, dominating the competition to win with 42 points. The Midwest Regional consists of the best teams and individual runners from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri. Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota teams compete in the Heartland Regional out in South Dakota.