By Mark Gregory
The weather conditions Saturday were no walk in the park during the IHSA sectional cross country meets across the state, but that was fine, because walking was the last thing on their minds.
Local runners attacked the courses and braved the elements for a shot at advancing to the state finals next week at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
The Joliet area will be well represented, as Minooka claimed the Normal Sectional titles on both the boys and girls teams.
On the girls side, all five scorers placed in the top 10, led by champion Ashley Tutt in 17 minutes, 20 seconds.
Emily Shelton was second in 17:28, while Mackenzie Callahan was third in 17:59. Vivian Van Eck placed sixth in 18:23, while Morgan Crouch placed eighth in 18:40.
Emily Ellis was 25th in 19:23 and Katelyn Gall was 28th in 19:25.
Joliet West’s Maddie Blaauw placed fifth in 18:23, while Kiersten Perry was 14th in 18:52.
At the Hinsdale Central Sectional, Lockport placed second.
Karlee Stortz (6th, 18:21), Morgan Bollinger (11th, 18:37), Aubrey Friedrich (18th, 18:47), Kate Wojcikiewicz (20th, 18:49) and Alicia Ary (29th, 19:07) also scored.
Jorie Beaumont (33rd, 19:18) and Emily Stoklosa (41st, 19:41) also competed for the Porters.
•The Minooka boys won the title with 93 points over O’Fallon (101) and Illiana Christian (107).
Junior Soren Knudsen won the race in 15:17. He was followed by scorers Miguel Lomeli (7th, 15:52), Justin Tutt (18th, 16:06), Jack Sullivan (29th, 16:15) and Jordan Freese (38th, 16:30).
Joliet Central also advanced, placing fifth (128). Raul Rosendo led the Steelmen, placing ninth in 15:53, followed by Andre Martinez (17th, 16:06), Vicente Moreno (25th, 16:12), David Carter (37th, 16:30) and Oscar Tejeda (40th, 16:31). Francisco Saenz (81st, 17:12) and Nick Rios (102nd, 17:50) also scored.
Joliet West’s Mario Scarcelli advanced as an individual finishing 13th in 16:02.