Civic Memorial Eagles
EDWARDSVILLE – There are better times ahead for junior runner Alexis Singleton of Civic Memorial High. And the same can be said for the Alton High boys’ cross country team.
Singleton placed 11th Saturday in the 49th annual Edwardsville Invitational on the rugged Southern Illinois University Edwardsville course. She wasn’t thrilled about the finish, but put it in her memory bank and looked to the future.
“It’s a tough course, with a lot of hills,” said Singleton, turning in a time of 20 minutes, 50.44 seconds. “I’m feeling better now, so it shouldn’t have affected me today.”
She has been battling a respiratory infection that hampered her running in the Granite City Invitational earlier this month. Nevertheless, she finished first last week in the Belleville West Invitational and then won Thursday’s Carrollton Invite by posting a course record time of 19:57.
So Singleton competed in three major meets within eight days.
“I’m better now and I feel about 98 percent healthy,” said Singleton, awaiting Wednesday’s Alton Invitational at Moore Park. It begins at 4 p.m.
CM coach Clint Walters added, “I don’t know if Alex felt super strong this (Saturday) morning. This part of the season, we run in more races than a lot of other teams, but I think it pays off for us.”
Sophia Racette of girls’ team champion Nerinx Hall of St. Louis won the 5K race in 18:21.31, or 80 seconds faster than runner-up Emma Chelsvig of Jacksonville. Lizzie Lynn of Edwardsville took third at 19:56.29. The Tigers scored 69 points to finish second. Nerinx Hall, putting four runners in the top nine places, scored 28 points.
Alton wound up ninth in the 22-team boys’ competition and that showing encouraged the Redbirds. Sophomores Arie Macias, 21st in 17:37.62, and Evan Rathgeb, 23rd in 17:45.78; spurred them.
“We’re a young team with six sophomores and one freshman,” Macias said. “The future looks very bright for us.”
Rathgeb said that running on the demanding SIUE course is something the Redbirds need. “It’s a great course and there’s good competition here,” he said.
AHS coach Vernon Curvey figures the upcoming Redbirds’ multi-school invitational, which starts near the Muenstermann Pavilion, will offer qualify competition.
“It should be wide open,” he said of the boys and girls events.
Macias noted, “We are looking forward to running at home.”
Brydon Groves-Scott of Edwardsville checked in at 16:10.07 to win the Tigers’ Invitational. Teammate Wes Schoenthal was second in 16:17.67. Jersey’s Ben Flowers took 22nd in 17:44.82 and CM’s Ryan Gunter came in 33rd in 18:04.19.
Edwardsville scored 54 points to win the boys’ championship. Champaign Central was second with 144 points, followed by St. Charles with 145 points. The Redbirds totaled 255 points.
“On the boys’ side, we looked smooth and Brydon took control of the race after the first mile,” Tigers’ coach George Patrylak said.