MHS's Kelson places 57th in state cross country meet

PEORIA – Mendota High School cross country runner Anthony Kelson capped off an impressive season by racing in the IHSA Class 1A State Cross Country Meet on Nov. 4 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

The MHS junior turned in the best time of his career at 15:53.90, which was good enough for 57th place overall out of 256 runners.

Gavin Genisio of Benton was the individual champion with a time of 14:12.26. The other top five finishers were Isaac Teel of Pinckneyville (14:29.39), Jackson Barrett of Tuscola (14:40.55), Gabriel McLain of Benton (14:45.08) and Isaiah Hill of Elmwood (14:48.95).

Tuscola captured the team title, followed by Benton, Elmwood, Niles Northridge Prep and Eureka.

The Class 1A girls’ individual winner was freshman Isabella Keller of Effingham St. Anthony in 16:26.13.

Tolono Unity was the team champion.