The Litchfield boys cross country team will be represented at the Decatur St. Teresa Sectional at Hickory Point Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 27, after sophomore Will Carlile advanced as an individual out of Oct. 21's regional in Carlinville.
Carlile was the second fastest runner among those not on an advancing team, finishing in a time of 18:01.86 to take 17th overall. The Litchfield sophomore had finished 29th at the Carlinville Invitational on Oct. 9, also run at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds, and had run a time of 18:38.17.
As a team, Litchfield would finish ninth, missing the last qualifying spot by 37 points. Their chances of advancement took a hit before the race even began on Saturday as freshman Brayden Davis, who has steadily improved this year, was out due to illness.
Litchfield nearly put two runners through to sectionals as Tucker Lemon finished in 30th with a time of 18:31.27. Lemon, a Lincolnwood junior who participates in the co-op program with Litchfield, had the fastest time of the non-qualifiers, coming in just three seconds behind Justin Erickson of Greenville, who grabbed the fifth and final individual qualifying spot with a time of 18:28.21.
In addition to the top two for the Panthers, Alex DeLaCruz would finish 63rd with a time of 21:22.27, while Colten Wall was 65th with a time of 21:45.64. Ryan Baugher would round out the times for Litchfield, clocking in at 23:30.74 to finish 72nd.
While the season is complete for most of the Panthers, Carlile will see if he can extend his year next Saturday. If he can finish in the top five amongst individuals not on an advancing team, he will move on to the IHSA State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, Nov. 3.
October 20 at Carlinville
Class 1A Boys Regional
Team Results: 1. Carlinville 31, 2. Shelbyville 44, 3. Auburn 109, 4. Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 121, 5. Central A&M 139, 6. East Alton-Wood River 169, 7. Altamont 194, 8. Greenville 219, 9. Litchfield 231, 10. Marquette 242, 11. Pana 257.
Individual Champion: Caden Bohn (Southwestern) 16:29.49.
Advancing Individuals: Caden Bohn (Southwestern) 16:29; Will Carlile (Litchfield) 18:02; Trent Markezich (Staunton) 18:05; Jacob Rummerfield (Marquette) 18:22; Justin Erickson (Greenville) 18:28.
Litchfield Boys Results: 17. Will Carlile 18:01.86; 30. Tucker Lemon 18:41.27; 63. Alex DeLaCruz 21:22.27; 65. Colten Wall 21:45.64; 72. Ryan Baugher 23:40.74.