Cross Country: New Trier boys, Loyola girls advance to Class 3A state finals
New Trier's boys team and Loyola's girls team each made their respective 28-team Class 3A fields at the Illinois High School Association cross country state finals, Nov. 5 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
New Trier's boys placed third at the 3A Hoffman Estates sectional Oct. 29 with 111 points, trailing Palatine (60) and Lake Zurich (100).
Sophomore Ben Crane's sixth-place finish led the Trevians on the 3-mile course at Busse Woods. Sam Teppo, Oscar Dueno-Alda, Atticus Miller, Gabe Nosek, Joey Papanicholas and Sam Werts followed and will help represent New Trier at Detweiller Park.
Loyola's 141 points in the girls Hoffman Estates sectional placed second to Prospect, which had a great day with four top-10 finishers and 40 points, second to defending 3A champion York's 37 points among the four sectionals. Plainfield South's boys scored 32 points at the 3A Normal sectional.
Another sophomore, Jane Lynch, led Loyola in 13th place individually, followed by Ellie Grammas, Maeve Norman, Morgan Mackie, Ana Kimball, Elle Anderson and Erin Gibbons. Loyola placed 10th at least year's state meet.
Glenbrook North sophomore Juliet Frum, who earned all-state honors with a 17th-place 3A finish as a freshman, used a strong kick to finish second at the Hoffman Estates sectional, behind Brooke Johnston of Lake Zurich, last year's third-place finisher in Peoria.
Glenbrook South qualified two girls to the 3A final, senior Maggie Jortberg and freshman Kaitlyn Burns. New Trier will send down sophomore Josie Cahill.
Regina Dominican's Nora McCabe, who qualified for the 2021 Class 1A state meet as a freshman, did it again at the Harvest Christian sectional in Elgin. McCabe placed ninth overall among the girls.
In Class 2A, Deerfield High School qualified both its boys and girls teams to the state final.
The boys placed second overall at Deerfield's own sectional, Warriors junior Dylan Cohen in third place to lead his team. The girls placed sixth, with freshman Olivia Brown and sophomore Maya Garcia finishing 30th and 31st.
Deerfield's boys team advanced after graduating its top seven runners from last year's team that earned the second-place trophy in 2021.