ELGIN – Three Elgin cross-country runners finished in the top 15 as the Owls won the Newcastle Invitational last week.
Hunter Monostori crossed the finish line first with a time of 16:03, while teammate Jordan Pierce was third with a time of 16:39.
“We ran OK. It’s kind of hard to be upset when a team wins a meet, but our times were 20 seconds slow across the board,” Elgin coach Jon Hughes said. “This should help us refocus timewise. We learned a lot this weekend, and we’ll come back stronger at OBU.”
Monostori is the No. 6 runner in Class 5A, and Pierce is ranked No. 26.
Elgin competed at the OBU Bison Challenge Oct. 6. Results of that meet were not available at press time. Elgin runners were presented with the chance to race against Class 5A powerhouses McGuinness and Guthrie at the OBU meet.
Elgin runner Alan Lares finished 13th at the Newcastle meet with a time of 17:29, Ben Roberts was 21st at 17:52, and Jake Jones was 28th with a time of 18:06. Noah Bronkema was 33rd at 18:25, and Tristan Meeker was 38th at 18:36.
Hughes expects the Elgin team will be on pace for the state meet after competing at OBU, the Suburban Conference Meet and the Elgin Owl Classic on Oct. 14.
The regional meet is set for Oct. 22. The time and place have not been set.
“Everybody’s healthy and now it’s just a waiting game to see what happens at the regional meet,” Hughes said. “We’re taking it day by day.”
The top seven teams from each regional meet advance to the state meet, which is scheduled for Oct. 29 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.