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Dukes dominate for regional XC title

CHICAGO – If there was ever any doubt which team would win the Fenwick cross country regional, it was erased when four York runners crossed the finish line step for step with each other.

Kyle Mattes technically won the race, followed by Nathan Mroz, Matt Plowman and Alex Bashqawi, in that order. However, the four all registered the same time and cruised at the finish.

“At about the mile and a half (mark) we started picking it up a bit,” Mroz said. “We wanted to get a good gap so we could finish together and have a nice easy finish. Then at the two-mile (mark) we really started to pick it up and from then on we just kept the pack together and wanted to finish strong.”

The Dukes are going for their 29th state title this fall and the regional race was a sign that they are in good shape. The lead group finished in 15:04.

Sophomore Jon May was 10th (15:21) to round out the team scoring. Max Denning (12th) and Jeff Nosek (25th) demonstrated York’s depth.

The Dukes won the West Suburban Silver meet the previous week, but in far less dominant fashion. None of the York runners made the top-3 in that meet, but the same foursome did all finish inside the top-8. The regional was more how York expects to run.

“We didn’t have a good meet last week, but we’re running better this week and we’re training good,” Mroz said. “Everything is going in the right direction right now so hopefully it keeps going that way.”

The domination is nothing new for York boys cross country. The terrifically successful program has high demands.

“We did better than we did last year,” Mattes said. “Last year we went one, two, three, five. This year one, two, three, four. Not exactly what we wanted, but still pretty good. It’s a success I’d say in general.”

York will look for another postseason win at tomorrow’s Lake Park sectional.

York girls fourth at regional

Dayle Mueller led the line for York with a 12th place finish at the Fenwick regional. Kathryn Hagstrom was 14th and all seven Duke runners placed inside the top-35.

York was fourth in the team standings to advance to tomorrow’s Lake Park sectional race.

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