COLLINSVILLE – Roxana’s Shells and Civic Memorial’s Eagles shared common ground Tuesday in the Madison County Cross Country Invitational.
The Shells easily won the girls’ small-school team title and the Eagles shaded the East Alton-Wood River Oilers for the boys’ small-school crown. Edwardsville sailed to boys' and girls' large-school team championships at Collinsville High.
“We’re a pretty experienced team with mostly juniors and seniors, and one that is going to get better,” Shells’ coach Scott Edwards said. “We ran really well today.”
Roxana, buoyed by Kyrston Scifres’ second-place showing in 20:57.13, scored 24 points, well ahead of runner-up CM, which had 45 points in small-school girls. Edwardsville had 26 points in winning large-school girls. Triad was second with 59 points.
Shalyn Edwards, fourth at 20:50.33; Peyton Young, eighth at 24:14.51 and Marissa Thomas, ninth at 24:42.34; added to Roxana’s victory. Natalie Halliday of Marquette Catholic snared third in 22:11.02. Haley Kerpan of EA-WR came in fifth at 23:23.46.
Alex Singleton of CM won the girls’ small-school race in 19 minutes, 43.26 seconds and finished second overall to Edwardsville’s Julianna Determan, the large-school winner in 19:30.33. The Tigers had four runners in the top six slots.
“It was a tough course and a hilly one,” said Singleton, champion of the recent Jersey High Havens Invitational and Triad Invite. “My splits were off a little bit and my pace wasn’t that great. I need to be faster and that means more hill work.”
Clint Walters, the Eagles’ coach, lauded Singleton for competing heartily from start to finish on the 3.0-mile course. “I’m really happy with the way Alex is running,” he said. “I told her to go for broke today and attack the course.”
EA-WR sophomore Garrett Fulkerson won the boys’ small-school run in 17:20.44 and was 10th overall. Edwardsville’s Brydon Groves-Scott finished first in the boys’ large-school run at 15:48.33.
“It feels good to be the (small-school) winner. I had a really good race on a hard course,” said Fulkerson, a sophomore. “I had to dig deep to push up the hills.”
Walters said the Eagles savored their boys’ title. They scored 30 points, while the Oilers had 32 points.
“I’m shocked and tickled about it,” Walters quipped. “Everybody gave everything they had, so I couldn’t be prouder of them. It’s the best team effort I’ve had from a team in my years of coaching cross country.”
Sam Hurst of the Eagles placed second in the small-school run. His time was 17:59.35. Matthew Shea of EA-WR took third in 18:16.61, followed by CM’s Ryan Gunter at 18:26.64 and teammate Frank Trost of the Eagles at 18:42.23.
Edwardsville scored 23 points for large-school team honors. The Tigers put four runners in the first five spots. Granite City was second with 69 points. Alton, backed by Arie Macias’ sixth-place effort in 16:52.15, came in fourth with 95 points.
Hannah Bachtelor, 16th in 21:55.20, paced the AHS girls. They scored 139 points to finish sixth.