Wheaton-Warrenville South had a bit of a challenge in obtaining their sectional title
Niles West High School; Skokie IL-
The scene of what has become one of the state's top attraction for state qualifying cross country meets, the Niles West Sectional once again provided intrigue and drama. As expected most of the favorite teams and individuals advanced to Peoria for the state championship next weekend.
The consensus choice for the team title was #6 Wheaton-Warrenville South but #13 New Trier had other plans. Led by junior Bridget Forbes' 7th place finish, the Trevians maintained their game plan of strong pack running that eventually turned into racing. Behind Forbes was a formable group of teammates that amassed a 37-second scoring split. The Tigers on the, on the other hand, were not happy campers fighting uphill the entire race. Sophomore Sam Poglitsch led the way with a runner finish but it was a 1:02 scoring split at 2-5 that cost them the victory. #16 York, #21 Glenbard West, and #8 Oak Park-River Forest advanced on to the big dance.
It was superstar junior Katelynne Hart of Glenbard West who controlled the race. The thought of sub 16:00 talk was quelled very quickly after just a 5:30 opening mile. Hart did not feel resistance from the competition or weather conditions as she routed the field with a time of 16:39. After Politsch's 17:22 to hold back senior Katie Hohe of Glenbard West, senior Ella Behrens of Whitney Young came through with a great performance to take fourth in 17:33. York senior Sarah May grabbed fifth in 17:47.
|1||Winnetka (New Trier)||64|
|2||Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)||67|
|4||Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West)||111|
|5||Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest)||114|
|1||Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)||61|
|2||Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West)||89|
|4||Winnetka (New Trier)||134|
|5||Park Ridge (Maine South)||137|