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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Potter runners keep pace at regional

  • The Morton girls cross country team and five boys individuals advanced to this weekend's Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional.
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  • The Morton girls cross country team and five boys individuals advanced to this weekend's Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional.
    The Potters easily made the field on the girls' side with a third-place finish with 83 points Saturday at the Normal West Regional at Maxwell Park.
    Morton narrowly missed out on the boys' half with an eighth-place standing with 160 points, but its top-five runners took all the individual spots available.
    Senior Bridget Carius guided the Potter girls with a third-place overall standing in a time of 18:10.
    She was the only athlete in the top six not from a Twin Cities program.
    Junior Brooke Goodyear and freshman Bayley Selburg of Morton recorded identical 19:19s to place 14th and 15th, respectively.
    Hannah Behle, a senior, was 23rd in 19:42, and the fifth Potter contestant in, sophomore Erika Gordon, also broke 20 minutes to wind up 27th.
    Normal University, with three of the overall top-five competitors, won the girls' regional championship in dominating fashion.
    The Morton boys were 14 points behind seventh-place Washington.
    A time of 15:57 by sophomore Brady Carius led the Potters.
    Seniors Quentin Young (16:36) and Luke Riffle (16:42) were six second apart in 28th and 31st places, respectively.
    Senior Matt Lyons was 40th in 16:53, while Zack Siscoe, a freshman, clocked a 17:15, good for 46th.
    The Potter quintet will run as individuals in the second postseason level.
    U-High won the boys' title by 65 points. Four of its athletes were among the first-five finishers.
    Postseason: Morton competes Saturday in the Notre Dame Sectional at Illinois Central College.
    The girls' competition is at 10 a.m., with the boys' race beginning 45 minutes later.
    The top-five teams and top-seven individuals not on a qualifying squad advance to the Nov. 3 Illinois High School Association state final at Detweiller Park.
    Also, if the eighth, ninth or 10th place overall individual sectional finisher is not on a qualifying team, they will move on to state.

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