CROSS COUNTRY

Class 1A Sectional at Hickory Point Golf Club

The Newton boys cross country team earned 160 points to finish fifth at a Class 1A sectional meet Saturday. The Eagles were eight points behind Decatur St. Teresa for fourth.

Senior Nick Zwilling paced Newton with a time of 17:10.96 to finish 24th, while Clay Bergbower finished 32nd at 17:24.28; Owen Mahaffey, 34th at 17:28.05; Luke Weber, 36th at 17:32.21; Luis Zavala, 44th at 17:41.51, and Ben Street, 80th at 18:32.57.

St. Anthony and Cumberland also earned a spot in the sectional as teams, finishing with 410 and 473 points, respectively.

Griffen Elder, a junior, was the top runner for the Bulldogs. He finished 20th at 17:07.65, while Conlan Walsh (17:48.99), Aidan Braunecker (19:15.62), Max Sager (19:50.75), Nick Wiedman (21:18.56), Calvin Sudkamp (21:22.58), and Sam Deters (22:17.13) followed him.

Meanwhile, for the Pirates, Hank Warfel was the team’s best finisher, crossing at 18:21.60 for 70th place. Trailing him was Wiley Peters (18:25.77), Jack Pruemer (19:38.30), Riley Morgan (19:56.21), Michael Beaumont (20:10.46), and Rylon Eaton (25:01.09).

As for the girls’ race, Newton finished eighth with 231 points.

Senior Rylea Borgic paced the Lady Eagles with a time of 19:53.93 to finish 17th, while freshman Natalie Kistner finished 37th at 20:53.94; junior Alexis Hetzer, 57th at 21:44.84; freshman Ella Radke, 74th at 22:40.64; freshman Lucy Yager, 79th at 22:45.43, and junior Taylor Slough, 99th at 23:52.56.

St. Anthony, Cumberland, and Dieterich also earned spots in the sectional as teams. The Bulldogs finished with 459 points, the Lady Pirates with 473, and the Movin’ Maroons with 485.

Sophomore Emma Helmink finished 58th at 21:46.85 for the Bulldogs, while Ava Faber (23:05.35), Taylor Miller (24:07.08), Riley Guy (26:19.30), Grace Niebrugge (27:47.53), and Carry Goeckner (28:49.27) followed her.

Meanwhile, for Cumberland, senior Maggie Clark finished 81st at 22:48.04, while Boerngen finished 85th at 22:59.22 for Dieterich.

Following Clark was Ani Edwards (23:54.87), Abbagayl Howald (24:52.97), Emma Butler (25:04.83), Lexie Fletcher (25:05.55), Addison Mast (27:29.94), and Myah Wright (30:56.84).

Following Boerngen was Ella Kreke (24:03.99), Cortney Brummer (25:00.19), Ruby Westendorf (25:02.19), Adriana Gordon (25:49.63), Makenna French (27:27.99), and Olivia Brummer (29:32.43).

Class 2A Sectional at Hickory Point Golf Club

The Effingham girls cross country team earned 348 points to finish 15th at a Class 2A sectional Saturday.

Besides freshman Jessica Larsen, who finished 14th at 19:53.61, Kayleigh Koester finished 64th at 21:31.07; Morgan Springer, 85th at 22:15.77; Haddie Hill, 103rd at 23:01.34; Allison Miller, 116th at 23:52.89, Audrey Wagoner, 125th at 24:24.17, and Gracie Eaton, 135th at 30:09.13.

As for the boys’ race, Hearts’ juniors Andrew Donaldson and Garrett Wagoner finished 45th and 85th, respectively.

Donaldson finished in 17:25.85, while Wagoner finished in 18:10.50. Neither qualified for the state meet.

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