North's Emmanuel takes top honors at regional cross country

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 11:52 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 11:55 a.m. CDT

WHEATON – One week after capturing the DuPage Valley conference individual title, Wheaton North senior Joseph Emmanuel added a regional championship to his resume.

Competing at the Class 3A event that the Falcons hosted, Emmanuel covered the course in a time of 15:14, beating runner-up Dan Cotton of Bartlett by 14 seconds.

The senior’s performance helped Wheaton North finish second as a team with a score of 53, which was just three points behind St. Charles East. The Falcons advanced to run at the Waubonsie Valley sectional race on Saturday.

Wes Noyes cracked the top-10 with a ninth-place time of 15:55 and Danny Steeno was 11th in 16:02. Kilty Askin finished 15th, Chris Stopka was 17th and Alex Frank and Ryan Kocher crossed the line in 28th and 29th, respectively.

Wheaton Warrenville South

Sweeping the top three individual places, the Tigers cruised to the team title at Saturday’s Class 3A West Chicago regional with a score of 30.

Nolan McKenna won the individual title with a time of 15:17 and was followed by Luke Schroer (15:33) and Kyle Cepeda (15:41). David Dillon was next in sixth place and David Santana posted an 18th-place finish. Gabe Lightbody (30th) and Drew Andersen (44th) also competed.

West Chicago

Hosting a Class 3A regional on Saturday, the Wildcats finished in 10th place with a score of 330. The team did not have any sectional qualifiers.

St. Francis

The Spartans put forth a fifth-place showing at the Class 2A Wheaton Academy regional Saturday with a score of 113.

Andrew Hallet broke into the top-10 with a sixth-place time of 16:03. Nick Vilimek was 15th, Nick Brouch came in 29th and Danny Cady and Breanden McClure were 31st and 32nd, respectively. Nick Kolker and Matt Lorish also finished 58th and 59th, respectively.

Wheaton Academy

With three runners in the top-10, the Warriors came in third place at the Class 2A regional they hosted on Saturday.

Noah Van Dyke, Brandon Lach and Jacob Robleski finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. Jonah Jones and Mitchell Smith were 19th and 20th, respectively, Jimmy Ridge came in 43rd and Chris Jones was 55th.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Wheaton Warrenville South

With six of their top seven runners either a freshman or sophomore, the Tigers came in third place at the Class 3A West Chicago regional Saturday with 78 points.

Individually, Sara Atkins came in fifth with a time of 18:09 and Alison McGrath followed closely behind in 11th (18:11). Kendall Laveen and Mary Erdman were 19th and 20th, respectively, and Natalia Boettcher rounded out the top-5 in 27th.

Stephanie Gorski (40th) and Emma Schroer (45th) also competed.

Wheaton North

Hosting a regional on Saturday, the Falcons qualified for the sectional with a fifth-place showing.

Kathleen McGivern placed 16th in 18:57 and Jill Humecke was 18th in 19:06. Lindsay Johnson finished 23rd, Kate Shikany was 25th and Claire Fischer crossed the line in 32nd. Nicole Karwowski (33rd) and Abby Haworth (38th) also ran.

West Chicago

Mae Elizabeth Gimre and Lindsey Sayner will represent the Wildcats at the Waubonsie Valley sectional after advancing out of Saturday’s regional, which West Chicago hosted.

Gimre was 26th in a time of 19:15 and Sayner finished 29th in 19:29.

As a team, the Wildcats came in seventh with a score of 168.

St. Francis

Meghan McShea and Kate Beck advanced as individuals to the sectional race after the Spartans placed seventh at Saturday’s Class 2A Wheaton Academy regional.

McShea finished 17th in 19:26 and Beck was 29th in 20:13.

Wheaton Academy

With five freshmen leading the way, the Warriors came in fourth at the Class 2A regional they hosted Saturday with a score of 116.

Gretchen Pearson finished ninth in a time of 19:12, AJ Setran and Sierra Stapleton were 22nd and 23rd, respectively, and Claire Casto and Rebecca Smith placed 30th and 32nd, respectively. Juniors Annika Pearson (33rd) and Shelby Fritz (39th) also ran.

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