AMBOY – The Amboy-LaMoille Lady Clipper cross country team had its best finish ever in the Amboy Columbus Day Invitational held Oct. 14 at Shady Oaks Golf Course.
The Lady Clippers finished in 13th place out of 49 teams with 385 points. The top five teams were Wheaton Academy (116), Annawan-Wethersfield (127), Elmwood-Brimfield (200), Byron (208) and Marquette (244).
Kelsey Hildreth of Byron won the race in a time of 16:47. The course distance was 2.85 miles.
Freshman Megan Grady led the way for Amboy-LaMoille by placing ninth out of 237 runners in a time of 18:16. That was the best finish by an Amboy runner in the history of the race. Jennifer Popovich also turned in an impressive time of 19:53 to take 54th place for the Lady Clippers.
Also competing for Amboy-LaMoille were Erin Hosto (111th, 21:06), Kaitlin Boers (114th, 21:09), Sydney Langeler (159th, 22:12), Brenna Rieker (185th, 23:20) and Laura Rieker (210th, 24:59).
In varsity boys’ action, Amboy-LaMoille’s top finish went to Ben Hosto in 112th place with a time of 17:48. There were 223 total runners.
Other Clippers to run the race were Skylar Wheeler (136th, 18:15), Nick Bickett (146th, 18:27) and Nick Dewey (181st, 19:30).
Caleb Imig of Tremont broke the tape first in a time of 14:52 over the 2.85-mile course.
Winnebago captured the team title with 91 points, followed by Newman (150), Wheaton Academy (159), Tremont (163) and Rockford Christian (164).
The freshman-sophomore boys raced 2.5 miles and James Blackburn was first among Amboy-LaMoille runners in 18th place overall with a time of 14:13. Alan Stamberger (49th, 15:07) and Paul Meyer (73rd, 16:18) also competed for the Clippers.
El Paso-Gridley scored 44 points to take top team honors. The rest of the top five included Elmwood-Brimfield (48), Rockford Christian (56), Aurora Central Catholic (143) and Wheaton Academy (148).
There was also a boys’ and girls’ open race that was 2.0 miles. Competing for A-L were Renee Vaessen (125th, 16:46) and Emma Scully (159th, 20:37).