The Illinois Quad-Cities will have four representatives at the IHSA state meet next weekend in Peoria.
Alleman’s Spencer Smith finished fifth in Class 2A at the Normal Sectional. The senior, who was hurt a year ago for the state series, will be making his first trip to state. So, too, will fellow Pioneer senior Addie Pulley, who finished 11th in the cold, windy conditions that actually saw snow fall before her race.
The Pioneer boys finished seventh as a team with 179 points, but needed to do 37 points less to reach the fifth and final team qualifying position.
“It’s a bloodbath of a sectional we’re in,” Alleman coach Scott Stoll said. “We’re happy because we got Spencer Smith running next week and Addie Pulley on the girls’ side. To get two individuals to state in Class 2A is pretty phenomenal.”
In Class 3A, United Township’s Dalton Martin qualified for the third straight year, taking sixth place at the Class 3A Granite City Sectional, which also saw some snow fall.
“It was pretty good,” said Martin, a senior of his 15:15.6 run for three miles. “It was cold.”
Martin battled the flu the past two weeks.
“It affected me a little bit, but not too much,” he said. “We’re excited (to qualify).”
Martin finished seventh as a sophomore at state and sixth last year at Peoria’s Detweiller Park.
Moline qualified Andrew Ellison, who finished 14th, running a personal record of 15:24.
“It was a fast course,” said Moline coach Tauwon Taylor. “Andrew brought his A-game. His 15:24 is his best time this season. What better time to do it here at the end … and qualify for the state meet.”
The Moline boys and girls teams both took 11th place, well out of the required top five to make it to state.