In a season filled with strong performances, Robinson High School's boys' cross country team capped off their season with yet another one Saturday (Nov. 3).
The Maroons ran another solid race and it netted them a sixth-place finish at the IHSA Class 1A State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
"I think I'd be really greedy if I'd asked for more out of the kids," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. They ran terrific. I am really proud of them and pleased with their effort."
Robinson finished the meet with 231 points, which placed them just outside the top-five in the 26-team field. Clifton Central won the meet with 139 points, just ahead of Elmwood-Brimfield, who was second at 143. Monticello (189), Stanford Olympia (219) and Urbana University High (226) rounded out the top-five, while completing the field were El Paso-Gridley (240), Chicago University High (282), Niles Northridge Prep (282), Eureka (283), Athens (292), Freeburg (318), Seneca (341), Glen Carbon Father McGivney (379), Rock Falls (390), Winnebago (408), Sterling Newman Central Catholic (418), Cumberland (448), Benton (449), Paxton-Buckley-Loda (460), Marshall (472), Steeleville (480), Herscher (494), Roxana (495), Pontiac (517) and Joliet Catholic Academy (525).
As he has been all season, top finisher for RHS was Negus Bogard, who came in third in the 217-runner field with a time of 15:06 and earned All-State honors for his efforts. He came in behind only Seneca's Christopher Collett, who won with a time of 14:45 and Monticello's Garrett Dixon, who was second in 14:56.
"Negus wanted to break 15 so bad and looked good throughout the race," Cork said. "He closed the gap at the end, but it just wasn't enough."
Also scoring for RHS were Maverick Wright in 35th with a time of 15:44, Wyatt Bonnell in 85th in 16;14, Koty Amdahl in 93rd in 16:19 and Parker Middleton in 107th in 16:26, while Zach Buttolph finished 150th in 17:02 and Trayton Tragesser was 167th in 17:15.
"All seven had their season-best times and several of them had their career-best times," Cork said. "Regardless of where we placed, I was thrilled with their times. I can't ask for more out of them than that."
Meanwhile, the finish for the Maroons was their third top-10 finish at the state meet in the last four years.
"This whole group has been very consistent all year both in effort and finish-wise as I've had," Cork said. "That is a testament to the kids and their focus, hard work and determination."
2018 IHSA Class 1A Boys Cross Country State Finals
At Detweiller Park, Peoria
Team scores - Clifton Central 139, Elmwood-Brimfield 143, Monticello 189, Stanford Olympia 219, Urbana University High 226, Robinson 231, El Paso-Gridley 240, Chicago University High 282, Niles Northridge Prep 282, Eureka 283, Athens 292, Freeburg 318, Seneca 341, Glen Carbon Father McGivney 379, Rock Falls 390, Winnebago 408, Sterling Newman Central Catholic 418, Cumberland 448, Benton 449, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 460, Marshall 472, Steeleville 480, Herscher 494, Roxana 495, Pontiac 517, Joliet Catholic Academy 525.
Top 25 finishers (All-State) - 1. Christopher Collett (Seneca) 14:45; 2. Garrett Dixon (Monticello) 14:56; 3. Negus Bogard (Robinson) 15:06; 4. Jackson Stewart (Decatur St. Teresa) 15:07; 5. Dawson Smith (Rock Falls) 15:10; 6. Spencer Mauch (Sterling Newman Central Catholic) 15:10; 7. Miles Sheppard (Hamilton) 15:11; 8. Colby Johnson (Deer Creek-Mackinaw) 15:12; 9. Cort Ross (Casey-Westfield) 15:13; 10. Noah Smith (El Paso-Gridley) 15:14; 11. Drew Rogers (Herscher) 15:16; 12. Ryder James (Paxton-Buckley-Loda) 15:17; 13. Isaiah Ditta (Clifton Central) 15:18; 14. Leland Sumer (Tremont) 15:19; 15. Cameron Woodard (Tolono Unity) 15:20; 16. Jeremy Snejberg (Clifton Central) 15:22; 17. Cree Stumpf (Roxana) 15:25; 18. Shay Hafner (Sterling Newman Central Catholic) 15:27; 19. Noah McIntyre (Athens) 15:27; 20. Aryan Lalwani (Urbana University) 15:29; 21. Layton Hall (Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond) 15:30; 22. Caelin Foley (Galva) 15:31; 23. Tristan Olpin (Rockford Keith Country Day) 15:31; 24. Matt Gedraitis (Westmont) 15:32; 25. Kyle Johnson (Eureka) 15:34.