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Knight’s XC Progress at Patriot Invitational

Both boys and girls squads ran well at the Patriot Invitational last Saturday held on the hallowed grounds of Detweiller Park north of Peoria. This venue has hosted the IHSA State Championships for over 50 years and is known nationally as a quality course.

The girls led off at 1pm after conclusion of the Big 12 Conference races. Competing with 32 teams comprising 245 runners ,the ALAH fillies sprinted out of the 18th position into a brilliant blue skied fall afternoon. Again led by freshman Ruby Burton (103rd/21:55) the girls placed 27th in the team tally. She was followed by Emma Edwards 132nd place effort of 22:48. Running 3rd for the Knights was Kimberly Krutsinger (142/23:00PR). Lindsay Rohacs (202/25:50), Evanger Wiley (209/26:24), and Grace Romine (218/27:37PR) Completed the ladies efforts.

Girls overall winners were freshman Molly Ferrell of Marshall with an outstanding 17:17 and the Unity girls dropping only 55 points.

The boys race fired off at 1:45 with the Knights running from the 8th position along with 292 runners from 33 teams. Logan Beckmier went out with Murray and Musser of Port Byron Riverdale as well as Grant of Iroquois West and Springer of Delavan. These 5 have been amongst Illinois 1A elite all season. They cover the 1st mile in 4:53. Lyle and Jacob Adcock are not far behind hitting the 1 mile just over 5 minutes. Murray stretched his lead over Grant and Beckmier by the 2 mile mark with Beckmier going through around 10 minutes. The Knight’s top 3 finish well with Beckmier in 4th at 15:23, and Lyle and Jacob Adcock in 13/14 at 16:14/16:14.2 respectively. Caden Binder continues his drive to improvement dropping another PR in 17:38 placing 93rd. Connor Edmonds runs a season best of 18:59 to score at 164th. Nathan Cogdill also runs a season best of 20:15 (214). Ryker Beckmier drops over a minute from his lifetime best running 20:48 to gather the 229th position. Riverdale and Murray established themselves among the elites in 1A going into IHSA Regional week winning team and individual honors.

Speaking of which, the Knights run their regional meet at Shelbyville’s General Dacey trail on the shores of Lake Shelbyville. The Knight men won their 1st of 3 consecutive regional titles the last time the Rams hosted on their home course. Please consider making the short jaunt to Shelby County next Saturday (10/22) to cheer on the ALAH harriers as they compete to advance in the IHSA State series. They will be battling a half dozen state ranked teams amongst approximately 20 schools entered.

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