country finishes strong
Boys’ cross country has a lot to be proud of, closing the season at 78 wins and 28 losses. They have done exceptionally well in meets this year, according to Matthew Dowd, head coach.
“We placed second in an invite at Fenton High. We also placed sixth out of fifty-four teams at the Peoria Invite, which was pretty exciting,” Dowd said.
Matthew Perez (‘09), Kyle Gonzales (‘10), and Marlen Hamilton (‘10) represented the team in conference, regionals, and sectionals. After a great finish in conference, Perez, Gonzales, and Hamilton placed 7th, 12th, and 26th, respectively, at regionals. All three of them qualified for sectionals in November as well, where Perez placed 15th, Gonzales placed 22nd, and Hamilton placed 61st.
Team captains Matthew Perez (’09) and Steven Chin (‘09) brought their team all the way to state this year, determined after not qualifying last season. On November 8, Perez led the team at the IHSA State meet, placing 73rd with a time of 15:28.