Civic Memorial Eagles
GRANITE CITY – Alex Singleton fought the flu and avoided the raindrops Saturday in the 41st annual Granite City Cross Country Invitational.
The Civic Memorial junior did her best to finish 10th in the girls' division of the multi-school competition. Her time was 19:26.58 on a wet, flat course in Wilson Park. Elise Marker of Villa Duchense won it in 18:31.75.
“I was kind of sick because I had the flu,” Singleton said. “So I was down a little bit. But I really enjoy this course. It’s one of my favorites.”
She added, “I finished 18th here last year, so I made some improvement. I’m feeling pretty good about this today.”
Singleton took sixth on Aug. 30 in the Metro East Lutheran Invite on the rugged terrain at SIUE. “That’s probably one of the hardest courses I’ll run on all season,” she said. “This one (Granite City) is one of the flattest courses.”
Whether the courses are hilly or flat, Singelton’s goal is to shave seconds off her time. “I just want to keep having better times and get them down to times in the 17 minutes,” she said. “And I want to go back to state and finish in the top 10 this year.”
Last fall, she finished 27th in the IHSA Class 2A finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria. The top 25 runners in each class earned All-State honors.
Edwardsville, backed by Elizabeth Lynn’s third-place showing in 18:57.93, scored 49 points for the Granite City Invite girls’ team title. O’Fallon finished second with 104 points and Chatham Glenwood took third with 130 points in the 22-team field.
CM placed 18th with 505 points. Roxana was 19th with 506 points and Alton came in 20th with 531 points. Kryston Seifres, 76th in 21:24.37, led the Shells. Becca Adney, 64th in 21:21.99, was best for the Redbirds.
“We’re looking for Becca Adney and Hannah Batchelor to be the top runners for the girls’ team,” Alton coach Vernon Curvey said. “We’re rebuilding on the boys' side. Our top seven boys are freshmen and sophomores.
“Overall, we have lots of room from improvement. We need to be patient, stay positive and keep moving forward.”
Russ Colona is telling the same tale for the retooling East Alton-Wood River Oilers. They didn’t field full teams for the Warriors’ Invite, though sophomore Garrett Fulkerson finished 29th at 16:35 in the boys' competition.
“We’re a very young team," he said. "We have all freshmen and sophomores. But we are solid and we have some talent. We’re looking at doing well in the Madison County Meet again and I think we will be better the second half of the season.”
The EA-WR girls’ team also will have a youthful look – four sophomores and one junior.
On the boys' side Saturday , CM (563), Roxana (678) and Alton (705) rounded out the team totals. Ryan Gunter, 52nd in 17:03.59; led the Eagles. Tim McCarvey, 150th in 20:11.27 and Christian Held, 151st in 20:13.81; were best for the Redbirds. James Henseler, 120th in 19:02.50; paced the Shells.