JOHNSBURG – Richmond-Burton junior Amanda Allport did a good deal of her summer running by herself because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Allport was pretty much by herself again Tuesday at McHenry Township Park as she cruised to a victory in the Kishwaukee River Conference Preview Cross Country Meet in 20:32.
R-B’s Jane Wisniewski finished second in the girls race at 21:49 as the Rockets, the defending KRC champions, ran to a team first with 27 points. R-B put its five scoring runners in the top 12 spots.
Woodstock North sophomore Hannah Pittman was third, followed by Woodstock’s Theresa Presisto and Maggie Adams. Woodstock was second with 39 points.
Marengo’s Luke Chaffin won the boys race in 17:16, with Woodstock’s Aidan Schleutermann (17:23) and Jack Hansen (17:35) in the next two spots. Marengo’s Zach Secor was fourth and Woodstock North’s Jorge Aragon was fifth.
Woodstock won the boys race with 34 points, Marengo was second with 36.
“At the beginning, I was a little worried that I went out a little too fast,” Allport said. “Normally I don’t start that fast, but the first lap I felt pretty good and it went pretty well.”
Rockets coach Ryan Carlson said Allport put in a strong summer of running, logging 370 miles.
“She did it like all on her own,” Carlson said. “And it was virtual, (the runners) checking in.”
Allport, who finished seventh in last year’s KRC Meet, looked comfortable out in front.
“I just focus on other things and it lets me get lost in it instead of thinking, ‘Oh, I have a mile left,’ and getting tired from that,” Allport said.
Wisniewski has another tactic she likes to use while running.
“I just knew I had to pass (Pittman) up. You have to race flag-to-flag, as my coach always says,” Wisniewski said. “And I sing songs in my head the whole time. That’s how I race.”
Chaffin, the defending KRC boys champion, finished last season placing 54th in the Class 2A State Meet. He kept some distance on Schleutermann and Hansen most of the race.
“It was mostly the start, I could really feel it at the end,” Chaffin said. “I felt I had a strong start. I just wanted to stay in front and set the pace for other people. In the summer, I had lots of good guys who helped me train. We pumped out some good mileage. I feel pretty positive about my summer training.”
Schleutermann and Hansen knew they would be chasing Chaffin.
“Luke looked fluid, we were trying to gain ground on him, but he pretty much pulled away at the 2 1/2 mark,” Schleutermann said. “Props to him. We all ran hard today.”
Woodstock needed every spot it had to hold off second-place Marengo.
“The goal today was to try to stick with (Chaffin). We tried to and we did pretty well,” Hansen said. “We’re a young team and we can grow a lot. We have the opportunity to do some good things.”
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Kishwaukee River Conference Preconference Meet
Team scores: 1. Woodstock 34, 2. Marengo 36, 3. Johnsburg 86, 4. Harvard 94, 5. Woodstock North 118. Richmond-Burton did not have a full team.
Top 15 individuals: 1. Luke Chaffin (Mgo) 17:16; 2. Aidan Schleutermann (Wdk) 17:23; 3. Jack Hansen (Wdk) 17:35, 4. Zach Secor (Mgo) 17:40; 5. Jorge Aragon (WN) 17:44; 6. Dylan Hanson (Wdk) 17:51; 7. Tommy Lulinski (Mgo) 17:57; 8. Andrew Ardon (Jbg) 18:00; 9. Steven Austin (Hvd) 18:00; 10. Aaron Moehrlin (Mgo) 18:09; 11. Alex Wickersheim (Wdk) 18:13; 12. Logan Hagmann (Wdk) 18:36; 13. Tanner Hurless (Wdk) 18:53; 14. Preston Bailey (Mgo) 18:59; 15. Jackson Batt (Jbg) 19:08.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Kishwaukee River Conference Preview Meet
Team scores: 1. Richmond-Burton 27, 2. Woodstock 39, 3. Woodstock North 79, 4. Marengo 83. Johnsburg and Harvard did not field full teams.
Top 15 individuals: 1. Amanda Allport (RB) 20:32.24; 2. Jane Wisniewski (RB) 21:49.18; 3. Hannah Pittman (WN) 22:04.38; 4. Theresa Presisto (Wdk) 22:12.73; 5. Maggie Adams (Wdk) 22:13.98; 6. Catherine Miller (RB) 22:16.52; 7. Liz Flores (Hvd) 22:19.84; 8. Ireland Dunnett (Wdk) 22:58.71; 9. Julia Hicks (RB) 23:02.26; 10. Ellie Bauer (Jbg) 23:53.14; 11. Ruby Escorza (Mgo) 24:02.03; 12. Christina Koleno (Hvd) 24:15.28; 13. Lilly Alberts (RB) 25:15.57; 14. Abby Smith (Wdk) 25:28.71; 15. Grace Topf (Wdk) 25:34.18.