EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville junior Brydon Groves-Scott did not win the Edwardsville Invitational on Saturday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
But it wasn't from a lack of effort.
Running stride for stride with (New Lenox) Lincoln-Way Central junior Chris Kaminski for much of the final mile of the 5-kilometer race, Groves-Scott fell just a quarter-second short of victory as he led the Edwardsville harriers to a second-place finish in the 21-team event.
"Gosh, I wanted to beat him (Kaminski),'' a still out of breath Groves-Scott said. "I felt good throughout and thought I ran a smart race. This (SIU-Edwardsville) is my favorite place to run and we've still got one more race here at the sectional in a few weeks.
"But to be able to win the (Edwardsville) Tigers (Invitational) on Monday and then finish second here today, this was the best week of my high school career. I'm excited about the rest of the season.''
Led by Groves-Scott's time of 15 minutes, 59.51 seconds and a seventh-place finish from Wes Schoenthal, Edwardsville finished with 75 points, 41 more than Lincoln-Way Central, a perennial Chicago suburban power.
Waterloo, getting a 10th-place finish from junior Cole Rodenburg and a 13th place from Lance Mueller, was a distant third with 129 points. Champaign Central (133) rounded out the top four schools.
Kaminski, who finished in 15:59.26 and Groves-Scott dominated the race with their 1-2 finish, but Mascoutah freshman Noah Affolder was third in 16:20.57. Sparta's Kenny Heaton also had a solid race, finishing seventh in 16:25.63.
Also coming up shy of a second win in less than a week was Edwardsville senior Allie Sweatt, who finished second behind Nerinx Hall junior Sophia Racette in the girls competition.
One of the top runners in the St. Louis area, Racette posted a time of 18:10, just over 56 seconds faster than Sweatt, who covered the course in 19:06.01.
Despite the setback, Sweatt wasn't totally displeased.
"She (Racette) is very good and I knew that going into the race," Racette said. "But I'm still pleased. To be able to run a 19:06 today, I'm about where I want to be for this time in the season.''
Nerinx Hall, with five runners in the top 14, ran away with the team title, finishing with 31 points. Lincoln-Way Central was second with 60 points, followed by Edwardsville (77) and Highland with 103.
Highland sophomore Allison Zobrist was third overall in 19:10.39. Edwardsville's Caitlyn Scheibel (ninth) and Lauren Kaempfe of Columbia (10th) also turned in good performances.