Highland girls will head to girls state cross country meet

News-DemocratNovember 2, 2013 

The Highland Bulldogs are bound for the Class 2A girls state cross country meet.

Sophomore Allison Zobrist covered the 3-mile Hickory Point Golf Course with a winning time of 17 minutes and 52 seconds on Saturday, leading the Bulldogs to a third-place finish at the Class 2A Decatur MacArthur Cross Country Sectional.

Perennial-state title contender Springfield captured the team title with 81 points, followed by Chatham-Glenwood (85) and Highland (98).

Senior Emily Holtzclaw (16th), SaraBeth Wiegman (22nd) and Taylor Prusa (27th) also had solid good efforts for the Bulldogs, who advance to compete in the Class 2A state meet on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Mahomet-Seymout (127) and Mattoon (148) also earned state berths in the girls race.

The only other local runners to advance were Alex Singleton of Civic Memorial (fifth) and Mater Dei freshman Sophia Lager, who placed 11th in 18:41.

In the boys race, brothers Murphy and Noah Affolder finished second and third, respectively, to help Mascoutah to a third-place finish and a trip to state.

Johnny Leverenz of Danville won the title, finishing the 3-mile race in 14:52. Senior Murphy Affolder was second in 15:20, while freshman Noah Affolder was a second back in 15:21.

The Indians also got a 41st-place finish from Nate Montemayor. David Pearson (46th) and Ethan Price (72nd) rounded out the top five runners for Mascoutah.

Mahomet-Seymour won the team title with 60 points, followed by Springfield (93), Mascoutah (164), Waterloo (166) and Chatham-Glenwood (171).

Waterloo was led by the combination of Cole Rodenberg (ninth) and Lance Mueller (10th). Weston Liefer (44th), Dustin Schreiber (47th) and Jake Schwartz (56th) rounded out the top five finishers for Waterloo.

Ben Richter of Triad also will be running in Peoria after placing sixth with a time of 15:24.

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