It was a good race for the Litchfield High School cross country team, but an even better one for their top runner at the Highland Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Litchfield sophomore Camden Quarton beat out 75 other varsity runners at the event to pick up his first win as a high school runner. Quarton clocked in at 16:16.50 to take the top spot, beating Jackson Collman of Civic Memorial by 3.7 seconds. Only eight runners broke 17 minutes, with Quarton topping that list.
As a team, Litchfield finished sixth with 157 points. The top five teams would all be bigger schools, with Marion taking the top spot, followed by Champaign Central, Highland, Christian Brothers College and Carbondale.
Litchfield’s Sam Horn finished in the top half of the field with a time of 18:38.40, good enough for 32nd in the field, while Gavin Thimsen was 50th with a 20:07.60.
Alex DeLaCruz finished just behind Thimsen in 52nd, clocking in at 20:27.90, while Peyton Baugher and Cy Cress were 71st and 74th respectively. Baugher ran a 25:45.00 for the Panthers, while Cress ran a 29:03.30.
The Litchfield girls would finish seventh in their race, posting 202 points. Highland earned the win on their home course with 41 points, followed by Champaign Central, Father McGivney, Civic Memorial, Columbia and Jerseyville.
Myka Fenton ran a 23:05.60 to earn a top 25 spot in the field of 71 varsity runners, while Kylee Eiting wasn’t far behind, running a 23:19.80 to finish 30th.
Twenty spots behind her was Delanie Ulrich, who ran a 25:50.70, while Harley Traylor ran a 28:21.80 to finish 61st. Sisters Joelle and Emma Hughes rounded out the Litchfield lineup with a 70th and 71st place finish, running times of 32:24.00 and 33:33.90.
More large schools await in the Panthers’ next meet, the Springfield Invite at Lincoln Park on Saturday, Sept. 25. After that Litchfield will host their home meet at the Litchfield Country Club at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Sept. 18 at Highland
Highland Invitational - 3 Mile
Boys Team Results: 1. Marion 41; 2. Champaign Central 55; 3. Highland 64; 4. Christian Brothers College 95; 5. Carbondale 126; 6. Litchfield 157; 7. Jacksonville 172; 8. Father McGivney 179; 9. Columbia 195.
Litchfield: 1. Camden Quarton 16:16.50; 32. Sam Horn 18:38.40; 50. Gavin Thimsen 20:07.60; 52. Alex DeLaCruz 20:27.90; 71. Peyton Baugher 25:45.00; 74. Cy Cress 29:03.30.
Girls Team Results: 1. Highland 41; 2. Champaign Central 64; 3. Father McGivney 78; 4. Civic Memorial 80; 5. Columbia 156; 6. Jerseyville 194; 7. Litchfield 202; 8. Dupo 204; 9. Alton Marquette 215; 10. Mt. Vernon 215.
Litchfield: 24. Myka Fenton 23:05.6; 30. Kylee Eiting 23:19.80; 50. Delanie Ulrich 25:50.70; 61. Harley Traylor 28:21.80; 70. Joelle Hughes 32:24.00; 71. Emma Hughes 33:33.90.