The Litchfield boys cross country team took first place at the PORTA Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Petersburg.
The Panthers would beat out seven other teams for the top spot, accumulating 39 points in the win. PORTA would be second with 70 points, followed by Auburn with 72.
The top ten finishers list was dotted with Litchfield names as the Panthers held three of those spots. Will Carlile ran a 17:29.0 to finish fourth overall, while Brady Bishop was fifth, just four seconds back. Eithan Rigsbey would give Litchfield another runner in the top ten as he finished ninth with a time of 18:00.7.
Kevin Pollard would finish 13th for Litchfield with a time of 18:13.1, while Tucker Lemon was 21st overall with a 19:23.2. Also running for Litchfield were Alex DeLaCruz in 43rd with a 21:17.6, Ilo Kelly in 46th with a 21:32.0, Sam Horn in 49th with a 21:36.3, Brandon Malloy in 56th with a 22:19.1, Owen Baugher in 72nd with a 26:52.1 and Peyton Baugher with a 27:19.9.
The Litchfield girls nearly made it a sweep in Petersburg as they finished second overall, just eight points (41-49) behind Quincy for the top spot. Auburn would be third with a 72.
Caroline Quarton would have the second best time of the day as she ran a 20:07.0 to finish in the runner-up spot to Springfield Lutheran's Kirsten Huffman, who ran a 19:10.3.
Kylee Eiting would join Quarton in the top ten, running a 21:52.4 to finish tenth, while three more Lady Panthers were close by with finishes in the top 20. Myka Fenton would finish 13th with a 22:34.4, Delanie Ulrich would be 16th with a 23:01.0 and Karly Kruse would place 17th with a 23:19.7.
Also running for the Panthers were Lauren Thompson in 32nd with a 25:39.1, Carson Lemon in 33rd with a 25:39.7, Anna Baugher in 36th with a 26:21.0 and Liz Dawson with a 27:12.9.
Litchfield will head the opposite direction this week as they travel to the Edwardsville Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21.
September 14 at Petersburg
at PORTA Invitational
Boys Team Results: 1. Litchfield 39; 2. PORTA 70; 3. Auburn 72; 4. Midwest Central 111; 5. Rushville-Industry 117; 6. Quincy 126; 7. Beardstown 138.
Litchfield Boys Results: 4. Will Carlile 17:29.0; 5. Brady Bishop 17:33.1; 9. Eithan Rigsbey 18:00.7; 13. Kevin Pollard 18:13.1; 21. Tucker Lemon 19:23.2; 41. Braden Davis 20:49.9; 43. Alex DeLaCruz 21:17.6; 46. Ilo Kelly 21:32.0; 49. Sam Horn 21:36.3; 56. Brandon Malloy 22:19.1; 72. Owen Baugher 26:52.1; 73. Peyton Baugher 27:19.9.
Girls Team Results: 1. Quincy 41; 2. Litchfield 49; 3. Auburn 72; 4. PORTA 88; 5. Bushnell-Prairie City 132; 6. Beardstown 133.
Litchfield Girls Results: 2. Caroline Quarton 20:07.0; 10. Kylee Eiting 21:52.4; 13. Myka Fenton 22:34.4; 16. Delanie Ulrich 23:01.0; 17. Karly Kruse 23:19.7; 32. Lauren Thompson 25:39.1; 33. Carson Lemon 25:39.7; 36. Anna Baugher 26:21.0; 39. Liz Dawson 27:12.9.