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Season ends at sectional for LHS runners
DECATUR - Lawrenceville High School's cross country teams had some of their best performances of the season at Saturday's Illinois High School Association sectional, but the Indians failed to come close to advancing to the state finals.

The Indians' girls team, made up of runners from both Lawrenceville and Red Hill high schools, placed 16th out of 21 teams with 390 points. LHS junior Heather Holmes posted a top-50 finish for the Indians, as she ran 46th in 20:06.

In the boys meet, LHS was last in a field of 20. Sophomore Dylan Volkman posted the best finish for an Indians, as he ran 64th in 17:08.

Girls meet

Hannah Holmes (56th, 20:46), Maddy Liberman (88th, 21:30), Macey Paddick (124th, 23:05) and Rosie Aguirre (125th, 23:06) also scored for the Indians. In addition, Hannah Burkhardt ran 140th in 24:02 and Heather Hill was 144th in 24:21.

"The course was flat and fast," LHS co-coach Bill Bandy said. "As a result, Heather Holmes, Maddy Liberman, Macey Paddick and Heather Hill had their best 3-mile times this year. The girls are a young team but held their own with the 16th-place finish."

Host Decatur St. Teresa had four runners in the top 9 and six in the top 19 to win the meet at Hickory Point Golf Course with 28 points. St. Joseph-Ogden (97), Tolono Unity (113), Monticello (184) and Urbana University (187) also advanced to the state finals in Peoria.

Anna Sophia Keller, a freshman from Effingham St. Anthony, won the race in 16:45.

Boys meet

Connor Holmes (80th, 17:25), Harry Loeb (120th, 18:20), Noah Volkman (137th, 19:22) and Brandt Cochran (145th, 20:01) completed the Indians' top five. In addition, Tyler Tewell and Slayton Dorney ran 149th and 150th in 20:25 and 20:30.

"Dylan Volkman and Harry Loeb ran their best times of the year for three miles in a very tough race," Bandy said.

Monticello edged Tolono University, 93-97, to win the team championship. Shelbyville (125), St. Joseph-Ogden (156) and Urbana University (161) will also run at the state finals.

Jon Davis, an Oakwood-Fithian sophomore, was the individual champion in 14:46.

Bandy notes that the boys and girls teams will celebrat the season with the annual team banquet Nov. 11. The banquet will begina t 6 p.m. at Pinkstaff United Methodist Church.


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