Inside cross country: McHenry's Jesse Reiser, Cary-Grove's Morgan Schulz athletes of week

Athlete of the week


Jesse Reiser

McHenry, jr.

Reiser suffered his first loss of the season at the Palatine Invitational, but he ran a strong race and finished second.

York’s Alex Bashqawi won the race in 14:43.1, Reiser was second in 14:44.9. Reiser led most of the race, while Bashqawi and his teammate Nathan Mroz gave chase.

The York runners were right behind Reiser for the last mile, and the three had a great race to the finish line. Bashqawi passed Reiser in the last 50 meters and held him off.

Reiser looked at the race as a learning experience since his previous races had not been that close. He figured he went out too fast and should have held back a bit.

“I want to go out there and put all the guts I have in it and finish as hard as I can,” he said. “I’m glad I got my place, but I’m a competitor and want to go out and do the best I can.”


Morgan Schulz

Cary-Grove, jr.

Schulz is running cross country for the first time in high school but has been one of the Trojans' top two runners all season. She finished 14th at the Palatine Invitational, which is regarded as one of the state's top regular-season meets.

Schulz finished in 18:14.3 to lead the Trojans to 11th place as a team.

Schulz made herself known in track and field in the spring as a sprinter and hurdler. She came out for cross country and has thrived.


Big Tuesday: The Fox Valley Conference dual meet champions will be decided in meets Tuesday.

The meet to decide the boys and girls champions in the FVC Fox Division will take place at Veteran Acres Park. Crystal Lake Central and Woodstock are both 4-0 in the boys and girls standings, to the winners of those races likely will take the division title.

In the FVC Valley Division, Cary-Grove’s girls can repeat as champion with dual wins against McHenry and Prairie Ridge Tuesday at McHenry. Jacobs and Crystal Lake South are both 3-1.

Jacobs' boys have won 10 consecutive dual meets and are 4-0 this season in Valley duals. Huntley (3-1) and South run against Jacobs on Tuesday at Sunset Park in Lake in the Hills.

This week’s top meets

Antioch Pat Harland Invitational

10 a.m. Saturday, Fox River Park

Crystal Lake Central and Jacobs, two of the area’s best boys, will be running at the meet. Other area teams running will be Crystal Lake South (girls only), Harvard, Johnsburg, Marengo, Marian Central, Richmond-Burton and Prairie Ridge (girls only).

Peoria Invitational

Saturday, Detweiller Park

Cary-Grove, Huntley and McHenry will compete on the course that will host the IHSA Cross Country State Meet next month. The Class 3A girls race starts at 10:30 a.m.

– Joe Stevenson

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