Class 3A: United Township junior Dalton Martin ran a 16:18.68 for the 3.1-mile course at the Edwardsville Sectional on Saturday to finish seventh overall and advance to next week's state meet at Detweiler Park in Peoria.
The Panthers finished ninth overall as a team, outside of the required top-five finish to advance.
“He had to work for it,” said UT boys coach Chris Wallaert of Martin. “He had a very solid run. For us to qualify as a team, we probably needed everyone to have their best races we’ve ever run. It was a super-solid performance from our kids.”
Moline’s best finisher was Andrew Ellison, who finished 31st overall. The next local finisher was UT’s Sawyer Swearingen, 46th.
The Rock Island girls team finished 10th at Edwardsville, led by Jayla Hathorn’s 35th-place finish. Dulce Perez finished 38th and Moline’s Alexis Wolf was 55th.
Class 2A: Alleman’s Augie Darrow advanced to state out of the Metamora Sectional by finishing 16th overall in a time of 15:37.
“Augie ran a very consistent race,” said Alleman coach Scott Stoll. “It wasn’t his best race of the year, but it was a good one. It was solid. His first mile was the fastest that he’s ever run in a race (4:55). He paid for it later in the race and dropped back a couple spots."
Big Six champion Spencer Smith ran for the Pioneers despite missing three weeks with a quad injury, including last week's regional, and finished 67th.
"It just caught up with him today,” said Stoll, whose Pioneers finished 11th as a team.
Geneseo finished ninth and was led by Nathan Soria’s 29th overall and Blake Duncan’s 37th.
In the girls competition, the Leafs took 12th led by Anna Girlen’s 38th-place finish while the Pioneers' four individual runners were led by Reagan Bush’s 57th-place finish.
Class 1A: Mercer County’s Ethan Morrow advanced to state at the Elmwood Sectional, finishing fourth overall with a time of 16:04. The Mercer County team took 8th and Rockridge 12th.
Caleb Kibling led Rockets with a 29th-place finish. At Oregon, Galva took 11th as a team and did not advance anyone. Its top finish was 40th by sophomore Caelin Foley.
For the girls, sophomore Whitney Johnson of Kewanee Wethersfield finished third overall at the Oregon Sectional to advance with a time of 19:31. Prophetstown took 15th there led by MacKenzie Clary’s 49th-place finish.
— Staff report