Alex Singleton of Civic Memorial turned in one of her best times of the season Saturday during the IHSA Cross Country finals at Peoria’s Detweiller Park.
But it wasn’t quite quick enough to give the junior what she wanted.
Singleton’s time of 18 minutes, 19 seconds enabled her to snare 39th place in the Class 2A girls state finals. She sought a top 25 showing, which ensures All-State status, in the IHSA competition. Singleton finished 27th in 18:13 at state last fall.
“It was a fast race, Alex was relaxed and she ran the third-best time of her career,” CM coach Clint Walters said. “So it wasn’t a bad race because she was just a few seconds off her personal-best time. It was just a fast field and that pace can take its toll on you.”
Singleton came in third at 18:10 at the Decatur MacArthur Sectional on Nov. 1. She was ninth the previous week in the Jacksonville Regional.
“She had two good season-ending races and a lot of wins this season,” Walters said. “It was a good one for her.”
Garrett Fulkerson of East Alton-Wood River and Kyrston Scifres of Roxana also finished their seasons. Fulkerson, a sophomore, finished 82nd at 16:19 in the IHSA Class 1A boys’ finals. And Scifres, a junior, took 87th at 19:42 in the Class 1A girls’ finals.
“It was Garrett’s best time of the year and he stepped up in tough conditions and a strong field,” Oilers’ coach Russ Colona said.
Next up for Colona is the Alton Road Runners of the Year Banquet. It’s set for Sunday, Dec. 7, in downtown Alton. Edwardsville’s Dustin Davis is scheduled to be the featured speaker.
Scifres’ state effort encouraged Roxana coach Scott Edwards.
“Any time you run your personal-best race, you have to be happy with it," he said. "Your goal is to have your fastest race at the end of the season and she did that.”
He added, “I’m pleased with it. She did pretty well running in big gusts of wind."
Anna Sophi Keller of Effingham St. Anthony won the Class 1A girls championship in 16:27. St. Joseph Ogden was the team champion. Freeburg finished eighth. Jon Davis of Fithian Oakwood won the Class 1A boys title in 14:20 and Monticello snagged the team title.
It was Jake Hoffert of team champ Yorkville winning the Class 2A boys championship in 14:30. Yorkville also claimed the Class 2A girls team crown. Maryjeanne Gilbert of Peoria Notre Dame was tops individually in 16:12. Lindsey Graham of Glenbard West won the 3A girls run in 16:23 and Naperville North’s team finished first. Jesse Reiser of McHenry posted a 14:11 time to win the 3A boys race. Hinsdale Central secured the team title. O’Fallon was 10th.