Northwest Herald All-Area Boys Cross Country Team

Northwest Herald Boys Cross Country
All-Area Team

First Team

Luke Beattie, Woodstock, Sophomore

Beattie made himself known right away with a third-place finish in the McHenry County meet and ran well consistently all season. He was eighth in the Fox Valley Conference meet and finished 21st in the Class 2A State Meet to earn All-State honors.

Matt Johnson, Jacobs, Senior

Johnson finished fourth in the FVC meet and led the Golden Eagles to a repeat FVC Valley Division dual meet championship. Johnson was second in the Class 3A Hononegah Regional, 12th in the Waubonsie Valley Sectional and took 65th at the state meet.

Ryan Pitner, Crystal Lake Central, Senior

Pitner was outstanding all season, running behind McHenry’s Jesse Reiser in many local races. He was second in the FVC meet, then won the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional and won the Belvidere Sectional. Pitner finished fifth in the state meet.

Jesse Reiser, McHenry, Junior

The Northwest Herald Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year was runner-up at the Class 3A State Meet. Reiser lost to only twice all season – to York’s Alex Bashqawi at the Palatine Invitational and to O’Fallon’s Patrick Perrier in the state meet.

Keagan Smith, Huntley, Sophomore

Smith seemed to get better each race through the season, culminating with a 16th-place finish in the Class 3A State Meet. He finished third in the FVC Meet, won the Hononegah Regional and took fourth in the Waubonsie Valley Sectional.

Second Team

Seth Conroy, Huntley, so.
Michael Hahndorf, McHenry, so.
P.J. McKay, Crystal Lake Central, sr.
Filip Pajak, Prairie Ridge, fr.
Jorge Pichardo, Harvard, sr.

Honorable Mention
Corey Albrecht, Jacobs, sr.
Nick Amato, Crystal Lake Central, sr.
Zach Gemmel, Crystal Lake Central, sr.
Scott Hearne, Prairie Ridge, jr.
Zach Johnson, Jacobs, sr.
James Kaht, Richmond-Burton, sr.
Mitch Kazin, Prairie Ridge, jr.
David Lenzini, Crystal Lake South, sr.
Jacob Oury, Hampshire, fr.
Jonathon Prus, Crystal Lake South, fr.

– Compiled by Joe Stevenson, the Northwest Herald

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.