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