Kelson races to victory in home harrier meet

Mendota’s Anthony Kelson and Amboy’s Kyler McNinch are stride-for-stride as they race in a cross country meet at Lake Mendota Park on Sept. 20. Kelson beat out McNinch for the top spot. (Reporter photo)

The Mendota cross country team hosted runners from Princeton, Amboy, Putnam County, Hall, and St. Bede for a race at Lake Mendota on Sept. 20.

In the girls' race, Princeton harriers Lexi Bohms (23:05) and Kiana Brokow (25:57) took the top two spots in the field of 13, followed by Amboy’s Samantha Nauman (27:23, 3rd). Mendota’s top finish belonged to Anna Valdes (30:34, 8th).

Princeton was the only school to field a complete team of five runners.

In the boys’ race of 25, Mendota’s Anthony Kelson was first across the line with a time of 18:02. Kyler McNinch of Amboy was second in 18:13, while Dagen Setchell (19:33) of Mendota was third. Kody Chase also had a top half finish of eighth (20:35) for the Trojans.

Amboy was able to edge out Mendota, 26-29, as the only two teams with five finishers.

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Mendota competed against 18 schools in the 19th Annual Boiler Invite on Sept. 24 at Kewanee.

Emily Downing of Cambridge won the girls’ three-mile race in 19:25. Participating for Mendota were Anna Valdes (60th, 28:38) and Valerie Valdes (62nd, 28:55).

Chillicothe had the top team girls’ score of 60, followed by Cambridge (63) and Lowpoint-Washburn (86).

Fifty-eight runners participated in the boys’ varsity race, with Brecken Fahrenkrug of Chillicothe taking top honors in 16:57. Kelson (17:33) earned a trophy for Mendota by placing fifth in a time of 17:33. Also competing for the Trojans were Chase (25th, 20:03) and Carlos Olivas (43rd, 22:27).

Chillicothe (40) edged out Amboy (42) for the team title.

In the JV race, Mendota was represented by Travis Mumm (22:10), Harlan Gallagher (22:56) and Spencer Kain (27:46).

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