By Pat McTaggart, Freelance Writer
The Central girls’ cross-country team finished first in a field of eight teams at the UIC Conference meet in Luana October 17. Medalists were Haley Schroeder, 2nd (15:18), Ashley Funk, 4th (15:46) and Gabrielle Berns, 14th (16:19). Emily Ashce was 16th (16:29), Kiana Stender, 17th (16:31), Hannah Kuehl, 19th (16:52) and Carissa Moyna was 20th (16:56). A total of 53 runners participated.
Central boys placed third of 10 teams with 62 runners participating. Jacob Jansen placed 7th (18:02), Trevor Moser, 11th (18:42) and Travis Prier was 14th (18:49). All were medalists. Peyton Alexie finished 18th (18:55), Torre Curran, 28th (19:30), Jacob Hauber, 30th (19:33) and Hunter Bries was 33rd (19:55).
The junior varsity girls placed second out of three teams with 33 runners participating. Anna Tuecke finished 1st (17:46), Megan Nemechek, 2nd (17:51) and Megan Rochleau was 5th (18:02). Those three girls won ribbons. Katja Graner was 18th (20:29), Grace Rodman, 20th (20:42), Sandi Anderson, 26th (22:15), Josie Fettkether, 32nd (27:54) and Zhibek Kamalbek finished 33rd (29:30).
There were 20 runners in the boys’ event with all four Central runners winning ribbons. Blake Rochleau finished 1st (20:19), Sumner Smith, 5th (20:45), Tom Shirbroun, 10th (23:02) and Marcus Siegwarth was 11th (24:34).
The Central girls’ junior high team took first place in a field of six teams and 61 runners. Ciera Deitchler was 3rd, Deserai Weber, 9th, Ellie Kuehl, 10th, Trista Curran, 13th and Cassie Larson was 14th. All won ribbons. Lizzie Gifford finished 21st.
There were 45 runners and six teams in the boys’ event. Central finished 5th overall with ribbon winner Levi Tuecke also finishing 5th. Andrey Shirbroun was 27th, Max Wingert, 30th Austin Sylvester, 35th and Andy Seeland was 43rd.
“Every race was an exciting one for Central at conference this year,” Coach Mark Bauder said. “Central fans had something to cheer for in every race, from waiting for official scores for the varsity girls’ championship finish to the boys’ varsity battling for the top three spots through nearly the whole race to crowning JV individual champions in both of the JV races to winning the JH girls team championship.”