Conditions were nowhere near favorable to run a race Saturday (Oct. 26), but that did not seem to affect Robinson High School's cross country teams.
The Maroons and Lady Maroons ran very well despite a heavy downpour that ran throughout their races, as they finished first and third, respectively at the IHSA Class 1A Robinson Regional.
Due to the poor conditions, the race was changed to a road race, which started on the track at RHS, went down through the parking lot of Nuttall Middle School to Rustic Street, then over to Allen and back to end where it began.
"It was a very interesting day to say the least," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "We are very appreciative to the police, volunteers, coaches and the teams for all their cooperation to help pull that off on a terrible weather day."
In the boys' race, Robinson placed two runners in the top-five on their way to scoring 37 points to coast to the victory. Effingham St. Anthony was second with 62, followed by Marshall (66), Cumberland (117), Teutopolis (143), Lawrenceville-Red Hill (195), Mt. Carmel (221) and Neoga (221) as far as teams that advanced to the Sectional. Chrisman (244), Paris (248), Altamont (250), Dieterich (325) and Hutsonville-Palestine (336) rounded out the field.
Top finisher for RHS was Negus Bogard, who returned from injury to finish second with a time of 15:49. Maverick Wright came in fifth out of 94 runners with a time of 16:12, Koty Amdahl was sixth in 16:22, Parker Middleton finished 15th in 17:21 and Zach Buttolph was 18th in 17:28.
"The boys ran well," Cork said. "Negus did what he could, but he just can't sprint right now. Parker said after the race he actually fell at one point, which was why his time was a bit off, but he still managed to finish 15th."
For Hutsonville-Palestine, Travis Rinard was the top finisher in 43rd with a time of 18:50, while Blake Knoblett finished 79th (20:57), Jacob Pickering was 80th (20:59), Blaine Beabout was 84th (21:17) and Colton Hayes was 87th (21:48).
Individual champion was Flora's Isaac Stanford with a time of 15:47.
In the girls' meet, placed two runners in the top-20 and finished with 106 points, which put them behind only Marshall, who easily won with 23 points and Casey-Westfield, who was second with 98. Also advancing to the Sectional by finishing among the top-seven teams were Teutopolis (111), Cumberland (132), Newton (150), Paris (153) and Effingham St. Anthony (153). Rounding out the field were Neoga (208) and Chrisman (237).
Top finisher for RHS was Leighanna Hamilton with a 12th-place finish in 20:08, while Madi Staley was 15th out of 72 runners with a time of 20:37. Also scoring for RHS were Macy Sutfin in 24th (21:11), Stevee Walker in 32nd (21:40) and Emma Dorfmueller in 41st (22:38).
"The girls all ran their career-best times, which is pretty amazing," Cork said. "I was very pleased with what they did and to finish third is a good accomplishment for them."
Individual champion was Marshall's Isabel Arthur with a time of 18:31.
Robinson will compete in the IHSA Class 1A Effingham St. Anthony Sectional Saturday at 10 a.m.
2019 IHSA Class 1A Cross Country Regional
Team scores - Robinson 37, Effingham St. Anthony 62, Marshall 66, Cumberland 117, Teutopolis 143, Lawrenceville-Red Hill 195, Mt. Carmel 221, Neoga 221, Chrisman 244, Paris 248, Altamont 250, Dieterich 325, Hutsonville-Palestine 336.
Top 5 individuals - 1. Isaac Stanford (Flora) 15:47; 2. Negus Bogard (Robinson) 15:49; 3. Brian Dust (Effingham St. Anthony) 16:06; 4. Dylan Stillwell (Marshall) 16:08; 5. Maverick Wright (Robinson) 16:12.
Advancing individuals (from non-qualifying teams) - 1. Isaac Stanford (Flora) 15:47; 8. Nick Zwilling (Newton) 16:33; 12. Owen Mahaffey (Newton) 17:09; 24. Ross Petty (Tri-County) 17:45; 31. Eli Johnson (Chrisman) 18:02.