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Athlete of the week: Richtman wins state championship

Kaneland's Matthew Richtman gives his all to beat Sterling's Jacob Gebhardt to the finish line in the Class 2A race at the Illinois High School Association's 2017 State Cross Country Meet on Nov. 4.
Kaneland's Matthew Richtman gives his all to beat Sterling's Jacob Gebhardt to the finish line in the Class 2A race at the Illinois High School Association's 2017 State Cross Country Meet on Nov. 4.

Matt Richtman saved his best for last.

The Kaneland senior edged rival Jacob Gebhardt for the Class 2A Boys Cross Country State Championship on Saturday, earning the Daily Chronicle Athlete of the Week award.

Richtman also will sign his national letter of intent this week to continue his athletic career at Bradley University.

Richtman finished the season finale in Peoria in 14 minutes, 23 seconds, a week after being edged by Gebhardt in a photo finish in the Kaneland Sectional.

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