Simon Thorpe finished sixth out of 735 runners to lead the Dixon boys cross country team to a fifth-place finish in the First to the Finish Invitational on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
The Dukes finished with 274 points, behind Illiana Christian (121), Yorkville (136), Normal U-High (219) and Metamora (270) in Class 2A.
Thorpe covered the 3-mile Detweiller course in 15 minutes, 3 seconds. Yorkville's Jake Hoffert won in 14:31. Dixon's Cody Sondgeroth placed 18th in 15:32.
Sterling placed 13th among 52 teams with 414 points. Keaton Dir paced the Golden Warriors with a time of 15:53, good for 37th place.
In Class 1A, Erie-Prophetstown was 29th with 871 points, while Oregon was 45th with 1,212 points in a 47-team field. The top local finisher was E-P's Lucas White, 100th in 17:18.
Comets win Princeton Invite: Chris Ahlers' fourth-place finish led a strong pack for Newman in an easy victory at the 11-team meet at Zearing Park.
Ahlers covered the 3-mile course in 16:07, while teammates Bryson Reyes (6th, 16:13), Drew Rosengren (12th, 16:57), Quincy Coomes (13th, 17:01) and Micah Trancoso (19th, 17:17) all added top-20 finishes. The Comets' 41 points nearly doubled the 81 scored by runner-up Morris.
Rock Falls took third with 101 points, led by Seth Williams' eighth-place finish in 16:15. Bureau Valley was a close fourth with 103 points, paced by Ryan Taylor's 10th-place finish in 16:37.
Amboy and Erie-Prophetstown also competed, but did not field full squads.
Sterling 3rd in Rockford: The Golden Warriors shot a 347 to finish behind Byron (327) and Westminster Christian (338) in the small-school portion of the Rockford East Invite at Aldeen Golf Club.
Trevor Sisson's 83 was good enough to earn a tie for ninth, while Kyle Sinn (85) and Ryan Hurley (88) also broke 90 for Sterling. Aquin's Cullen Barkau was medalist with a 1-over-par 73.
Morrison, Erie, Amboy go 6-7-8 at Kewanee: The Mustangs, Cardinals and Clippers were separated by just 13 strokes at the Boiler Invite at Baker Park.
Morrison shot a 357, while Erie's 369 edged out Amboy's 370 for seventh place in the 14-team tournament.
Ben Tegeler led the Mustangs with an 83, while Jake Lucas' 89 paced the Clippers.
Sterling 3, Rock Island 3: Carlos Gallardo had two goals and an assist as the Golden Warriors tied the Rocks at Roscoe Eades Stadium.
Tony Diaz added a goal for the Golden Warriors (2-1-3).
Harlem 5, Dixon 0: Brandon Jagitsch made multiple saves in goal for the Dukes, but it wasn't enough to pick up a nonconference road win.
Harlem led 2-0 at halftime, then pulled away from Dixon (0-6-1) after the break.
Somonauk 4, Oregon 2: Tony Guajardo and Troy Pudlas each scored goals for the Hawks in a home loss to the Bobcats.
Also for Oregon (3-6-1), John Donaldson had an assist, while Jordan Gilmour made 13 saves.
Simon Thorpe, Dixon cross country, 6th out of 735 runners in Peoria meet
Chris Ahlers, Newman cross country, 4th at Princeton Invite to lead Comets to title
Chris Gallardo, Sterling soccer, 2 goals, 1 assist