Paced by second-place finishers Chris Ahlers, Drew Rosengren and Micah Trancoso, the Newman boys cross country team finished third among six teams at the Oregon 7-Person Invite on Wednesday at Oregon Park West.
The Comets amassed 19 points, behind Burlington Central and Sycamore, which had 12. Rounding out the field were Rochelle (29), Genoa-Kingston (35) and Oregon (40).
Teams flighted their runners 1 through 7, and those athletes competed against others in their respective flights.
Ahlers was second among No. 1s with a time of 16 minutes, 48.8 seconds. Rosengren was runner-up among No. 3s at 18:10.7. Trancoso took second among No. 4s at 18:18.3.
On the girls side, Sycamore (8), Burlington Central (13) and Genoa-Kingston (29) fielded full squads.
Four Oregon runners finished third in their flights. They were No. 3 Kimmie Janke (24:48.8), No. 4 Kelci Foss (25:27.7), No. 6 Madeline Sanders (26:50.5) and No. 7 McKaylee Beeter (28:11.2).
Newman’s Teagan McKenna (24:02) was third in the Second Flight.
Clippers cruise at Hall: Amboy went 1-2-3 in the girls race on its way to top honors in a four-team meet at Hall. The Clippers finished with 22 points, ahead of Oregon (50), Rockridge (71) and Hall (75).
Leading the way for Amboy were Megan Grady (21:22), Jennifer Popovich (22:54) and Erin Hosto (22:56).
Hall won the boys race with 24 points, ahead of Amboy (39). Leading the Clippers were Ben Hosto (2nd, 19:09) and James Blackburn (6th, 19:35).
Cardinals take second: Koby Kuhnen fired a 41 as Erie (178) finished ahead of Newman (189) and behind Princeton (163) in a triangular at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton.
Todd Nelson led Newman with a 41. The medalist was Princeton’s Zach Hicks with a 2-over-par 38.
Warren 182, Polo 185: Dylan Bushman and Matthew Handel each had 45s for the Marcos in a loss to the Warriors at Edgewood Golf Course.
The medalist was Warren’s Taylor Runkle with a 6-over-par 42. AFC’s Graye Freeman had a 46.
Clippers finish 2nd: Griffin Kozeal carded a 41 as Amboy (175) finished ahead of Orion (190) and behind Kewanee (157) at Valley View Golf Course in Cambridge.
The medalist was the Boilermakers’ Ryan Hansen with an even-par 36.
Smith leads Warriors: Michala Smith fired a 61 to lead Sterling in a dual against Prophetstown at Deer Valley Country Club. There were no team scores, as two Warriors had circle 10s on their cards.
Taylor Kelley led Prophetstown with a 60, while Abbey Baker added a 62.
Cougars win triangular: Karissa Friedag carded an 8-over-par 44 as Eastland (195) topped Lena-Winslow (209) and Pearl City (263) in a match at Lake Carroll Golf Course.
Faith Christian def. Rockford Fire 26-28, 25-16: The Falcons split two sets, but were awarded the victory when Rockford forfeited the third set because of players’ illness.
Tressa Schuler had 26 digs, 16 kills and three aces for Faith (11-1). Annabeth Rozanas added 14 assists, seven digs and four kills.
Karissa Friedag, Eastland golf, 8-over-par 44
Koby Kuhnen, Erie golf, 5-over-par 41