Hersey Boys, Prospect Girls Take Red Devil Invite Titles

Hersey Boys, Prospect girls represented the MSL well by dominating the newly named Red Devil Invitational



Hinsdale IL- 

It was a sunny morning at the beautiful Katherine Legge Memorial (KLM) park with the temperature teetering in the upper 70s just prior to the first set of races.

The varsity boys kicked off the festivities at KLM and there was a lot to prove for a number of teams. #7 Hersey was one team where many pundits saw themselves as a possible state trophy contender this year. 

Once the race settled in after a few minutes, Hersey's pack and #6 New Trier's scoring crew were well ahead of the rest of the field. They basically put on a pack display which lasted throughout all three miles. The Huskies won 95-97 over the Trevians, using a 39-second scoring split to New Trier's 1:17. Zach Frayder (Sr)- 9th, Cameron Donner (Sr)- 11th, and Liam Naughton (Sr)- 13th were the catalysts in Hersey's big win.

Individually, it was Ben Crane (Jr) who represented well for New Trier, fighting with the likes of Zac Close (Sr., Neuqua Valley), Aden Bandukwala (Sr., Hinsdale Central), and several others. "The pace went out just under 5:00 and I felt comfortable," said Crane of his front running exploits. He acknowledged that he had to make a decisive move around the second mile to avoid getting in a kick with a fleet-footed Bandukwala. The payoff was big for Crane who crossed the line in 14:55 and seven seconds ahead of Bandukwala and Close ran 15:02.3 and 15:02.8.

Prospect came in as the undisputed #1 team in the state and defending meet champions. There wasn't much to it for the Knights who big over #4 Naperville Central 71-130. Without a key runner in Lily Ginsberg (Sr), the Knights were able to put all five scorers in the top 30. Meg Peterson (So) and Veronica Znajda (Jr) led the way in fifth and sixth running 18:04.4 and 18:04.7 respectively. 

The return of Mia Kotler was successful. The spunky junior from Chicago Latin bolted from a strong cast and ran solo the entire way, winning in 17:05. It was the sixth fastest time in meet history. Following Kotler was Liv Phillips (Sr., Naperville Central), and a rebooted Holly Johnson (Jr., Downers Grove South) in second and third with times of 17:25 and 17:50.