The inaugural Little Illini Conference Cross Country Meet went about as well as could be expected for Robinson High School's cross country teams.
Robinson had four runners earn All-LIC status by finishing in the top-10 in their respective races, while the Maroons placed second as a team and the Lady Maroons finished fourth in the team standings.
In the boys' meet, Robinson totaled 47 points, but finished just behind champion Olney, who came in with 44 points. Lawrenceville finished third with 71, followed by Cumberland (112), Marshall (112) and Newton (121).
Robinson's Blake Hale was the individual champion, as he finished first with a time of 14:12.91, more than 35 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher.
"Blake set the course record, which is the same course they have been running for at least 25 years," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "He ran well and said he felt the best he has in a while."
Cole Fiscus also earned all-conference honors by finishing sixth overall in the 54-runner field with a time of 15:47.47. Also scoring for RHS were Noah Tennison in 12th in 16:21.92, J.B. Chapman in 13th with a time of 16:29.15 and Wes Wright in 15th in 16:32.07, while Henry Treadway was 20th in 17:01.35.
"That was the fewest number of guys I've ever had run in a meet, but they all ran well," Cork said. "They all ran faster than they did there earlier in the year. Cole (Fiscus) ran a terrific race. That was definitely his best race of the year. For the kids we've got, I am really pleased with what they are doing."
Others earning All-LIC honors were Marshall's Ben Scamihorn (2nd 14:48.15), Cumberland's Tye Sutherland (3rd 15:11.77), Olney's Nick Dobbs (4th 15:25.68), Connor Schonert (5th 15:29.09) and Dalyan Brach (8th 15:56.37), Lawrenceville's Conner Holmes (7th 15:53.69) and Zach Kocher (10th 16:01.88) and Newton's Corey Davidson (15:59.69).
Oblong's Tyler Jenkins posted a personal-best time of 17:40.81 on his way to a 26th-place finish.
In the girls' meet, Robinson came in with 80 points, which put them in the middle of the field. Marshall won the meet with 66 points, followed by Newton and Olney with 70 apiece. Cumberland was fifth with 94 and Lawrenceville sixth with 98.
Mickey Shook led Robinson with her fifth-place finish in 18:30.26, while Alyssa Keeler also earned All-LIC honors by finishing 10th in the field of 41 runners with a time of 19:22.95. Lauren Erickson also scored for the Lady Maroons with her 16th-place effort in 19:48.93, as did Kirstyn Bowen by finishing 20th in 20:19.39 and Jamie Murphy by finishing 30th in 21:27.23.
"The girls are getting better and you can't ask them to do any more than that," Cork said. "Alyssa ran her best race of the year by far."
Also running for RHS were Kendra Buchanan (38th 24:58.32), Mykaela Thomas (39th 25:39.47) and Connor York (41st 27:50.84).
Other All-LIC performers included Cumberland's Leah Hutchison (1st 17:32.56), Marshall's Maisie Lay (2nd 17:46.26) and Teresa Gorrell (7th 18:51.10), Newton's Lexie Davidson (3rd 17:57.16) and Carly Niebrugge (4th 18:04.25), Olney's Aaron Bromm (6th 18:43.59) and Kylar Craig (8th 18:52.47) and Lawrenceville's Andie Scherer (9th 18:54.61).
Robinson will compete at the Peoria Invitational Saturday at 1 p.m.
"We will really see where we are at Saturday," Cork said. "There is plenty of competition and you get to see the state course. It is a good experience for them."
2012 Little Illini Conference
Cross Country Meet
At Sam Parr State Park, Newton
Team scores - Olney 44, Robinson 47, Lawrenceville 71, Cumberland 112, Marshall 112, Newton 121, Oblong NS.