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Boys cross country takes first at Normal Community open, girls place 6th

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Boys cross country takes top honors at season opener

The boys cross country team took first in the Normal Community Co-Ed Open Sept. 1 at Maxwell Park, edging out Elmwood Brimfield 39-48. 

Two Ironmen posted top-five finishes, with Joey Yaros taking second and Jack Thomas finishing fourth out of a field of 128 competitors.

Yaros (’25) posted a time of 15:52, two seconds off of first-place pace.

Thomas (’24) crossed the finish line at 16:18.

Sophomore A.J. Ince placed sixth for the Ironmen, with a time of 16:33.

Caden Nyman (17:33) and Colin Heayh (17:39) took 14th and 15th respectively, rounding out Community’s score. 

The team races next at the Lee Halberg Invite on Sept. 9.

 

Cavanaugh leads young girls cross country roster in season opener

The girls cross country team placed sixth out of the seven-team field at the Normal Community Co-Ed Open, finishing 69 points behind meet winners El-Paso Gridley on Sept. 1.

Sophomore Lily Cavanaugh led the Iron at Maxwell Park, finishing 7th at 20:52.

Lauren Thomas (’27) and Beatrix Alvarez (’26) took 24th and 26th for Community, with times of 22:55 and 23:12 respectively.

Anna Fukumoto (’25) placed 34th (23:50), with Vidushi Shukla (’26) finishing in 47th place (25:31).

Community’s cross country roster is its smallest in decades, something evident in the season-opening race.

The team ran six competitors at the varsity level despite being eligible to race seven runners. Of the six runners, all but one are underclassmen.

The team next runs Sept. 9 at the Lee Halberg Invitational.

 

 

Correction: A previous version of this story spelled Anna Fukumoto’s name incorrectly.

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