All three Knight Seniors ran tough in miserable conditions at Detweiller Park. Jacob Adcock finished 53rd, Logan Beckmier finished 10th, and Lyle Adcock finished 48th of 259 runners.
The ALAH Knights Cross Country team was well represented at the IHSA State Championships held November 5th at venerable Detweiller Park north of Peoria.
A heavy downpour Friday afternoon forced the IHSA officials to close the course preventing workouts normally allowed pre race. Saturday morning dawned windy and wet. A heavy downpour occurred during the last mile of the girls 1A race and started again when the boys 1A race began. This continued most if not all of the boys 3 mile event. Veteran observers opined that times were slowed by as much as 50 seconds due to mud, rain and wind at the hallowed venue.
Seniors Logan Beckmier, Lyle Adcock, and Jacob Adcock prevailed in conditions as poor as they’d seen in their 4 year career. Beckmier finishes 10th to achieve IHSA All State Honors for the 2nd consecutive year. In one of the most competitive 1A races ever, Logan got pinched down on a muddy curve about a quarter mile in and lost contact with a lead pack of 7 all state athletes. In the second mile he clawed back into contention and finished a strong 3rd mile to achieve top 10 honors in 15:48.
He becomes only the second Knight in program history to run to IHSA All State recognition at Detweiller twice in their careers.
The brothers Adcock were doing their thing just behind Beckmier. Showing the grit and determination that has earmarked their careers, they powered to top 50 finishes. Lyle run 48th(16:33) with Jacob 53rd(16:38). Both outstanding times given conditions faced by the 259 runners.
Beckmier and Adcocks all out ran a number of athletes of note who had gotten the better of the 3 Knights during the season. The ALAH Senior harriers again ran their best races of the year at the biggest meet of the year!
Of note, the same teams that sandwiched ALAH in the team totals in 2021 were again in top 3 this year with Chicago DePaul Prep swapping positions with Chicago Latin. Riverdale powered by 3rd and 11th place runners got the runnerup trophy. Of local teams, Decatur St. Teresa finishes 6th as a team. Benton Ranger All American Gavin Genesio wins the 1A race just breaking 15 minutes after a sub 14:10 effort at Sectionals. His training partner Isaac Teal of Pickneyville goes 2nd with Riverdale’s Tommy Murray 3rd and Michigan signee Akili Parekh of Latin in 4th.
The girl’s 1A three miler was won by Monticello’s Mabry Bruhn. She caps an outstanding Senior year with a dominating win in 17:08. Tolono Unity’s girls repeat as 1A Champs with a 101 point victory while dropping only 84 points.
Congratulations to Logan Beckmier, Lyle Adcock, and Jacob Adcock for representing the ALAH Distance program while running very competitively against the state’s finest!