It was a great time by all at the Hinsdale Hornet-Devil Invitational including mascot "X"
The temperature was ripe for the season's first great season opener. It is always a pleasure to start things off at the 38th Annual Hinsdale Hornet-Devil Inviational. Katherine Legge Memorial Park is the site of an extraordinary cross country festival. The unique race format starts with the boys varsity then girls varsity and everything else in reverse order.
|1||Neuqua Valley High School||42||1+2+8+13+18 (21+22)|
|2||Hinsdale Central||82||7+11+15+17+32 (44+49)|
|3||Wheaton Warrenville-South||101||4+5+6+12+74 (86+87)|
|4||New Trier High School||145||3+28+34+37+43 (51+56)|
|5||Naperville Central High School||180||14+33+39+41+53 (58+62)|
-It wasn't easy for #2 Naperville (Neuqua Valley) who needed a strong surge over the final mile to pull out the victory over #7 Hinsdale Central. It was the Tigers of Wheaton South had four runners in the top 10 just after the second mile and it appeared as though they would become victorious. However, the Wildcats rose to the occasion with junior Zach Kinne leading the way followed by mate senior Ryan Kennedy, producing a solid 1-2 finish. Kinne's winning time 15:07 was punctuated by a solid scoring pack which ended at 37 seconds. Hinsdale Central ran well over the final mile putting the back end of their scoring pack ahead of Wheaton South.
|1||Hinsdale Central||84||7+8+10+22+37 (43+57)|
|2||Glenbard West||86||1+4+5+36+40 (49+58)|
|4||Naperville Central||116||16+21+25+26+28 (35+53)|
|5||New Trier||137||20+24+27+32+34 (42+46)|
-Hinsdale Central battled and fought all race and finally pulled things out on the strength of a surge over the final half-mile that netted a narrow victory over Glenbard West. Actually Glenbard West looked as though they would take win when super star sophomore Katelynne Hart went out in front. As she ran solo, her teammates senior Lindsey Payne and junior Katie Hohe were in the top five. But in cross country wins and losses are decided by the 5th scorer, and the Hilltoppers had their 5th runner further back than Hinsdale Central.
Katelynne Hart quickly got her 2017 season off to a roaring start with a fast first mile in 5:22 and never looked back. The US Flo 50 #11 Hart continued to pound her foes and ultimately win in a meet record/course record 16:42. Evanston senior Enyaeva Michelin pulled away from her peers to take second in 17:21.
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