The Kaneland boys cross country team claimed its second consecutive sectional title with 64 team points, just in front of Dixon, with 71, at the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional, qualifying for the state meet in the process.
Sycamore also qualified for state as a team by taking third.
For the Knights, Austin Adams took second overall in a time of 15:29, with Daniel Occhipinti close behind in fourth at 15:38. Ethan Walker was 10th in 16:02, Isaiah Dallal finished 19th in 16:24, and Ethan Neal was 29th in 16:43.
“We were proud of Austin and Daniel taking top-four spots,” Kaneland coach Chad Clarey said. “Walker finishing in the top 10 was a big bonus.”
For the Spartans, Aaron Trier led a pack of five runners who finished within 33 seconds of each other, taking 17th in 16:22. Bryce Guerrettaz took 20th in 16:24, Jack Cambier ran a time of 16:34 for 23rd, Alex Taylor was 25th in 16:37, and Erik Handel was 36th in 16:55. Ethan Solfisburg finished 47th after posting a time of 17:08 ,and Paul Rutten was 49th in 17:09.
“It felt like the boys took a step forward from where we were at at regionals across the board,” Lambdin said. “All seven of them ran extremely well.”
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Richtman back to state: Kaneland’s Rachel Richtman took 10th with a time of 18:46 at the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional, securing a return trip to state, as the Knights took sixth to fall short of state as a team.
The Knights’ Olivia Franklin was 29th in 19:46. Lakes took the regional title with 78 team points, 12 better than second-place Dixon.
Tops for Sycamore, which was 11th as a team, was Lily Baker. Baker finished 36th in 19:55.8 but did not qualify for state.
Larson makes state as a freshman: Indian Creek’s Jolee Larson’s fourth-place finish at the Class 1A Oregon Sectional was good enough to carry her to the state meet, as she recorded a time of 19:51.49.
Genoa-Kingston took 11th as a team and was led by Joely Overstreet in 41st place in 21:50.4.