Panthers Avenge Loss To Cavies

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After being bested by the Cavaliers in Carlinville on Oct. 6, the Litchfield boys cross country team exacted some revenge upon their rivals on Oct. 13, at the meet in Greenville.

One of five schools invited to what Carlinville AD Darin Deneve dubbed the “Greenville Gallop,” Litchfield edged the Cavaliers by placing three runners in the top five and five in the top ten to score a 29-31 victory over Carlinville. The host school would take third with 60 points, while Staunton and Pana sent two runners each, three short of a full team.

Will Meyer and Brody Harris would give Carlinville runners in the first and third positions, but Camden Quarton, Kevin Pollard and Gavin Thimsen would counter to give Litchfield a strong base.

Quarton took second overall with a time of 18:39, just 18 seconds behind Meyer’s winning time, while Pollard ran a 19:32 to finish in fourth, four seconds behind Harris for third. Thimsen would round out the trio with a 19:45 to finish in fifth place.

Judah Liss of Greenville would finish sixth for the first runner not from Litchfield or Carlinville, but the Cavies and Panthers would volley back and forth for the remaining top ten.

Sam Horn was eighth for Litchfield with a 20:16, while Will Carlile, who missed the race in Carlinville, ran a 21:01. Carlile’s tenth place finish sewed up the win for the Panthers as their fifth and final scorer.

In addition to the five scoring runners, Litchfield’s Alex DeLa Cruz finished 15th with a time of 22:06, Brandon Malloy was 20th with a time of 23:12, Cy Cress was 29th with a time of 27:03 and Peyton Baugher was 33rd with a time of 30:46.

Thirty-four runners would compete in the event, Greenville’s first home meet ever. 

The South Central Conference meet is on tap next for the Purple Panthers. The girls meet will take place on Monday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Southwestern High School, followed by the boys meet at 4:15 p.m. and an open boys and girls race at 5 p.m. The rain date for the event is Oct. 20.

October 13 at Greenville

Boys Team Results: 1. Litchfield 29; 2. Carlinville 31; 3. Greenville 60.

Winner: 1. Will Meyer (Carlinville) 18:21. 

Litchfield (29) - 2. Camden Quarton 18:39; 4. Kevin Pollard 19:28; 5. Gavin Thimsen 19:45; 8. Sam Horn 20:16; 10. Will Carlile 21:01; 15. Alex DeLaCruz 22:06; 20. Brandon Malloy 23:12; 29. Cy Cress 27:03; 33. Peyton Baugher 30:46.

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