The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond Knights cross country teams brought some hardware for the second week in a row. This time from the annual Cumberland XC Invitational held at Lake Land College on Saturday, October 8. Both the boys and girls teams finished fourth in the team standings. Pictured with their trophies are: girls left to right: Kimberly Krutsinger, Evanger Wiley, Lindsay Rohacs, and Ruby Burton. Not pictured are Emma Edwards and Grace Romine. Boys: left to right: Ryker Beckmier, Coach Lyle Dorjahn, Lyle Adcock, Logan Beckmier, Caden Binder, Jacob Adcock and Nate Cogdill.
Saturday, October 8, the ALAH Knights cross country teams traveled south to Coles County to run the 51st Cumberland Invite. This annual event was again hosted on the campus of Lake Land College South of Mattoon.
The girls led off at 9am started by a former winner of this event, Dave Feldhake of Effingham St. Anthony. Dave has served as an IHSA official for many years. Running into brilliant sunshine on a cool, windless fall morning, the ladies from Marshall, IL established dominance. Led by their talented freshman runner, Molly Ferrell, they drop a ridiculous 25 points to win. Ferrell wins by 90 seconds in 17:48.
The Knight’s own freshman standout, Ruby Burton, again leads ALAH with a top 10 finish in21:38. Kimberly Krutsinger drives to the Knight’s #2 position finishing 28th with a PR of 24:17. Emma Edwards finishes 32nd in 24:43. Lindsay Rohacs goes 47th in 26:08. Evanger Wiley continues improvement finishing 50th in 26:30 while Grace Romine also medals in the 61st position running a PR of 27:52. The ladies bring a trophy back while finishing 4th just behind Mattoon.
The boys sprinted from box #2 at 9:45am. What started as a training run got faster than originally planned. Running 15 seconds slower than normal pace, Logan Beckmier kicked into race form at the 1.5 mile point gradually building a nearly 30 second lead to beat Dylan Howell of CGB while touring the 3 mile course in 15:53. The Adcocks got racy as well finishing with Jacob in 3rd (16:39) and Lyle in 5th (16:41). Caden Binder is the #4 for ALAH placing 32nd in 19:19. Nathan Cogdill gets the 5th score placing 67th overall to medal in 21:19. Ryker Beckmier just misses a medal in 76th while also running just 1 second off his PR in 21:50. The Knights duplicate the girls 4th place trophy effort while having the 2nd fastest cumulative time of all teams entered.
Next Saturday, October 15, the ALAH Harriers finish the regular season with a tune-up for Regionals at Detweiller Park, Peoria starting at Noon. They will be running the Patriot Invitational hosted by East Peoria HS.
This event will not disappoint running fans as several of the state’s top 1A individuals and teams are entered.