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Inside cross country: McHenry's Jesse Reiser, Jacobs' Lauren Van Vlierbergen athletes of week

Athlete of the week


Jesse Reiser

McHenry, jr.

Reiser won his first Fox Valley Conference Invitational title in 15:30.5 at Emricson Park on Saturday.

Reiser, who has only been beaten once this season, finished 4.3 seconds ahead of Crystal Lake Central’s Ryan Pitner.

It was a big day for Reiser, who left Woodstock and headed for Champaign to visit the University of Illinois, his first college visit. He stayed with former Belvidere North runner Garrett Lee and also saw former Prairie Ridge runner Joe Cowlin Saturday night.


Lauren Van Vlierbergen

Jacobs, jr.

Van Vlierbergen won her second consecutive title at the Fox Valley Conference Invitational at Emricson Park in 17:53.3 seconds.

Van Vlierbergen’s summer training was limited with an issue with her right hip. On Saturday, she looked very strong as she beat Woodstock’s Maura Beattie by 22 seconds. Beattie had not lost this season.

This week’s top meets

Class 1A Aurora Christian Regional

10 a.m. Saturday

Local team competing: Faith Lutheran

Class 1A Winnebago Regional

10 a.m. Saturday, Fuller Forest Preserve

Local teams competing: Harvard, Marian Central

In Class 1A, the first seven teams and first five individuals not on those teams advance to the sectional meet.

Class 2A Burlington Central Regional

10 a.m. Saturday, Burlington Central High School

Local teams competing: Crystal Lake Central, Hampshire and Prairie Ridge

Class 2A Woodstock North Regional

10 a.m. Saturday, Emricson Park

Local teams competing: Johnsburg, Richmond-Burton, Woodstock and Woodstock North

Class 2A Sterling Regional

10 a.m. Saturday, Hoover Park

Local team competing: Marengo

In Class 2A, the first six teams and first five individuals not on those teams advance to the sectional meet.

Class 3A Palatine Regional

10 a.m. Saturday, Deer Grove Forest Preserve

Local teams competing: Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake South, Dundee-Crown and McHenry

Class 3A Hononegah Regional

1:30 p.m. Saturday, Olson Forest Preserve in Roscoe.

Local teams competing: Huntley and Jacobs

In Class 23A, the first six teams and first five individuals not on those teams advance to the sectional meet.

– Joe Stevenson

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