Staunton High School hosted their first cross country meet since 1977 on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and the Litchfield High School teams were there for it.
The Panthers would take second with 41 points in the boys’ team ranks, with Roxana (36) and Carlinville (44) on either side.
Will Carlile would finish third overall with a time of 17:42.11 to lead Litchfield, finishing behind Roxana’s Carlos Ruvalcaba and Carlinville’s Will Meyer.
Camden Quarton would be 33 seconds behind Carlile with a time of 18:15.51 to finish sixth, while Gavin Thimsen also finished in the top ten, taking eighth with a time of 18:49.31.
Just outside of the top ten was Sam Horn in 11th, clocking in at 19:40.66, and Eithan Rigsbey in 13th, with a time of 20:16.31. Alex DeLa Cruz and Brandon Malloy would round out the LHS lineup with times of 20:35.14 and 21:20.13, good for 15th and 22nd respectively.
On the girls’ side, Litchfield brought four runners, one short of the amount needed for a team score. Roxana would win the meet with 15 points, while Carlinville had 49.
Myka Fenton was the first runner to cross the finish line not wearing a Roxana jersey as the Litchfield sophomore finished sixth with a time of 22:17.47.
Kylee Eiting would add in a 13th place finish in a time of 23:41.21, while Karly Kruse was 15th with a time of 25:28.50. Isabelle Murphy was Litchfield’s fourth runner, finishing 20th in a time fo 26:45.87.
Litchfield will be at Schneider Park next Tuesday, Sept. 22, for a meet hosted by Southwestern, followed by their lone home meet of the season on Sept. 29, at Lake Lou Yaeger.
Sept. 15 at Staunton
Boys Team Results: 1. Roxana 36, 2. Litchfield 41, 3. Carlinville 44.
Litchfield Boys Results: 3. Will Carlile 17:42.11; 6. Camden Quarton 18:15.51; 8. Gavin Thimsen 18:49.31; 11. Sam Horn 19:40.66; 13. Eithan Rigsbey 20:16.31; 15. Alex DeLaCruz 20:35.14; 22. Brandon Malloy 21:20.13.
Girls Team Results: 1. Roxana 15, 2. Carlinville 49.
Litchfield Girls Results: 6. Myka Fenton 22:17.47; 13. Kylee Eiting 23:41.21; 15. Karly Kruse 25:28.50; Isabelle Murphy 26:45.87.