PEORIA – Before the IHSA Class 2A boys cross country race Saturday, John Wold had visions of coming through the chute in under 14 minutes.
But once the Glenbard South senior got out on the course and became aware of the conditions, his focus quickly shifted to solely adding another individual title to his resume.
And in the end, that is exactly what happened as Wold won his second straight state championship with a time of 14:38 at Detweiller Park.
“I went out quick,” Wold said. “My mile was 4:29 or 4:30, I was about 6:56 at the mile and a half and 9:20 after the second mile. I was on pace but then I realized with the wind and everything, it wasn’t going to happen. It wasn’t the day to run incredible times.
“At that point, I just wanted to defend my title and I slowed down a bit. Some guys made up some ground but I knew I would be fine.”
Wold now joins a small group of multiple state champions.
“That is pretty cool,” he said. “My goal this year was to go in and have another undefeated season and defend my title. I’m glad it happened. Everything worked out perfectly. It is kind of cool; not too many people have done it.”
As a team, the Raiders finished fifth with a score of 173. Joe Singleton followed Wold in 31st (15:34), Joe Meade was 61st (15:52), Ibrahim Jawad came in 66th (15:54) and Andrew Kladiva finished 80th (15:59). Jon O’Rourke (107th) and Michael King (139th) also competed.
“Everyone ran really well,” Wold said. “For our team, this was the first time we had all our guys. A lot of guys had injuries. We didn’t put together our whole team until the last meet and we had a phenomenal effort. I’m really pleased with our finish.”
Receiving a trio of all-state performances, the Raiders brought home a second-place trophy from the Class 2A girls race on Saturday.
Glenbard South produced a score of 130, finishing behind only Yorkville.
Individually, Diane Lipa came in third place with a time of 17:15. Rebecca Sippel was seventh in 17:39 and Caroline Arlasky placed 24th in 18:02. Jayme Schlenker followed in 72nd and Bailey Reese was 81st. Rounding out the group were Elizabeth Niedert (121st) and Abby Schlenker (184th).
Next season, the Raiders will return five of their top seven runners with Reese and Niedert the only seniors to run at state.
IHSA Class 2A boys race (individuals)
1. John Wold, Glenbard South, 14:38
2. Johnny Leverenz, Danville, 14:40
3. Jake Hoffert, Yorkville, 14:40
IHSA Class 2A girls race (team)
1. Yorkville 104
2. Glenbard South 130
3. Vernon Hills 181