A total of 94 cross country teams — including the Pekin boys and girls teams — will compete Saturday at the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational hosted by Peoria Notre Dame at Detweiller Park.
The boys field also includes ILXCTF.com Class 3A top-ranked Downers Grove North and No. 2 ranked Naperville Neuqua Valley, as well as Class 2A top-ranked Mahomet-Seymour and No. 2 ranked Normal U-High.
The girls field also includes Class 3A No. 2 ranked Glen Ellyn Glenbard West.
Olympia and Notre Dame also are in the field
The varsity girls race is at 9:40 a.m., with the boys varsity at 11 a.m.
Top-ranked hosts: Dunlap hosts its own 18-team cross country invitational Saturday, with the varsity girls race at 9:30 a.m. and the varsity boys at 10:15 a.m. The Dunlap girls enter as the consensus No. 1 team in Class 2A. Last week, Dunlap was top ranked by MileSplit.com and second ranked by ILXCTF.com before dominating ILXCTF’s No. 1 Belvidere North 47-89 at the First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park.
Tomahawk golf: Hartsburg-Emden/Delavan won the Tomahawk Conference boys golf tournament Monday at Coyote Creek.
Hartem/Delavan scored 377. The Stags were followed by Illini Bluffs (389), Illini Central (400), Mt. Pulaski (428), Midwest Central (460) and Greenview/Athens (464) in the team standings.
Joey Matthews of Hartem/Delavan was the medalist (83). Rounding out the top six were Hartem/Delavan’s Tollin Johnson (87), Illini Bluffs’ Braden Bruninga (89), Illini Central’s Noah Krause (91), Illini Bluffs’ Jack Borland (95) and Greenview/Athens’ Justin Fleck (97), who won a scorecard playoff.
Here are the other scores from area teams:
Hartem/Delavan — Brady Vannaken 103, Alex Eads 104, Charlie Hodges 104, Pete Hultquist 114.
Illini Bluffs — Zach Eeten 97, Noah Jordan 108, Cam Scott 115, Carson Teel 115.
Midwest Central — Kendal Heberer 107, Caleb Uselton 116, Kaleb Richardson 116, Caleb Stewart 121, Braden Garman 148.
Washington on the run: The Washington girls cross country team started its invitational season in impressive fashion last weekend with a fifth-place showing in the Class 2A race at the First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
Jadyn Jacobs led the way with a 29th-place finish, followed by sister Kara Jacobs in 42nd and Claire Myers in 46th.
“Jadyn Jacobs had a strong finish, with her sister right behind her,” Washington girls coach Troy Walcott said. “Jadyn isn’t running like a girl who took eight-plus weeks off over the summer for a stress fracture. Our third runner, Claire Myers, ran a PR for that course. It’s great to see that happen so early in the season.”
The Washington boys team also led the area in the Class 2A boys race with a ninth-place team finish. The Panthers were paced by junior Avery Davidson’s 20th-place individual
Perfect Panthers: For Washington’s boys soccer team, a good offense starts with a good defense.
Looking to retain their spot atop the Mid-Illini Conference standings, the Panthers have been spotless in three conference matches this season. They’ve defeated Canton, Metamora and Limestone by a combined score of 19-0.
More difficult waters lie ahead, though, beginning with next Tuesday’s match against M-I contender Dunlap. A trip to Pekin will be followed by a home game against East Peoria, with an Oct. 10 trip to second-place Morton in the conference finale looming large.
The Panthers got an unexpected boost from East Peoria, which played Dunlap to a scoreless draw Sept. 5, and gained a bit more separation Tuesday when Morton and Dunlap tied 2-2.
Irish move up: The Peoria Notre Dame boys soccer team jumped to No. 18 in the latest Top Drawer Soccer FAB 50 national rankings.
The Irish, who took a 7-0 record into Thursday night’s road match with Big 12 Conference foe Normal Community, broke into the rankings a week ago at No. 27 after a successful run of play to start the season. The team furthered its case last weekend with victories over Palatine Fremd and St. Catherine’s (Wis.) at the Hinsdale Central Invitational.
Notre Dame is one of four Illinois schools in the national top 20. Berwyn-Cicero Morton is No. 14, Libertyville is No. 8 and Bradley-Bourbonnais, which defeated ND 5-2 in double overtime at the Class 3A Joliet Supersectional last fall, is ranked third.
Peoria Journal Star contributed to this report. Steve Stein can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.