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Lady Trojans second in home opener

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 1st, 2013

Mendota High School hosted cross country teams from Hall, Princeton, St. Bede, Putnam County, Amboy/LaMoille and Ohio in a Sept. 24 race at Lake Mendota.

In the girls’ race, Megan Grady of Amboy/LaMoille topped the field by more than a minute, by covering the 2.97-mile course in 19:59. Princeton's Zoe Mead was second in a time of 21:14 and Amboy/LaMoille's Jennifer Popovich was third in 21:38.

Mendota's top finishes went to Emily Ross (5th, 22:17) and Gillian Brown (6th, 22:19).

Other running their home course for the Lady Trojans were Bethany Wohrley (12th, 23:40), Jenny Rodriguez (14th, 25:01), Madison Myers (15th, 25:18), Amber Preston (23rd, 26:33), Anna Aughenbaugh (28th, 27:47) and Kianne Brown (29th, 27:55).

The Amboy/LaMoille squad led all teams with a score of 27, followed by Mendota (46), St. Bede (62) and Princeton (97).

In the boys' run, Noe Flores of Putnam County won in a time of 17:45, while Al Baldonado of Hall (17:54) and Cody Workman of Princeton (18:34) were next through the chute. Mendota was led by Alex Harriott (6th, 18:56). Tyler Schmitt (9th, 19:06) and Lukas Brandner (10th, 19:07) also made top 10 finishes for the Trojans.

Additional Mendota finishes included Garyn Sondgeroth (13th, 19:25), Hayden Smith (17th, 19:49), Remigio Nanez (25th, 20:42) and Sean Bogle (45th, 24:05).

The Mendota boys finished with the top team score of 50, followed by Hall (56), Amboy/LaMoille (60), St. Bede (100), Putnam County (109) and Princeton (132).

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The MHS harriers competed in the Kewanee Boiler Invitational on Sept. 28.

Eight Lady Trojans were in the field for the varsity girls’ race and Ross posted a 15th-place finish in 22:44 to win a medal. The overall champion was Megan Grady of Amboy-LaMoille in a time of 19:31.

The rest of the MHS team consisted of the following: Gillian Brown (21st, 23:12), Wohrley (29th, 23:58), Aughenbaugh (47th, 25:45), Rodriguez (52nd, 26:23), Myers (55th, 26:40), Preston (58th, 27:20) and Kianne Brown (59th, 27:30).

IVC won the team standings with 66 points, followed by Amboy-LaMoille (77), Knoxville (95), Sherrard (105) and Orion (116). Mendota was seventh with 128 points.

In varsity boys’ action, Brandner brought home a medal for the Trojans with a 17th-place finish in a time of 19:01. Hall’s Baldonado won the top spot with a time of 16:41.

Also traversing the course for MHS were Harriott (24th, 19:45), Nanez (49th, 22:00) and Bogle (65th, 25:27).

Mid-County claimed the team title with 33 points. The rest of the top five consisted of Hall (48), Sherrard (83), Midwest Central (114) and IVC (116).

Mendota had two medalists in the freshman-sophomore race. Schmitt finished fifth in a time of 19:03 and Sondgeroth was seventh in 19:44.

Noe Flores of Putnam County won the race in 17:49, while Knoxville took team honors.

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