The Morton girls cross country team finished a gut-wrenching second Friday at the Mid-Illini Conference meet.

Tied with Dunlap at 65 after the conclusion of the three-mile race at Detweiller Park, the sixth runner was utilized.

The Morton girls cross country team finished a gut-wrenching second Friday at the Mid-Illini Conference meet.

Tied with Dunlap at 65 after the conclusion of the three-mile race at Detweiller Park, the sixth runner was utilized.

The Eagles outscored the Potters, 24-33, to win the championship under ideal conditions.

"We knew it was going to come down to the wire," MHS head coach Joel Zehr said. "We knew it was going to be really close."

Three Morton contestants were in the top 10.

Senior Bridget Carius was the runner-up behind Madison Lefler of Canton in a time of 18:29.24.

Brooke Goodyear, a Potter junior, placed seventh in 18:59.55, while senior Hannah Behle was 10th in 19:08.56.

"That was fantastic," said Zehr of his three top-10 competitors, which were more than any varsity team, girls or boys.

Carius and Goodyear will merit first-team league honors, while Behle will head the second team.

Goodyear advanced from a second-team slot as a sophomore.

Morton freshman Bayley Selburg, who was 16th in 19:22, also will receive second-team accolades.

Erika Gordon, a sophomore, was the fifth Potter in with a 30th-place time of 20:10.29.

Three places behind her was Katie Saunders.

"I was very proud of them. I think they ran well," Zehr said of Morton.

Two-time defending girls' champion Metamora tumbled all the way to a stunning seventh place with 127 points.

The Potter boys were sixth with 138 points, well ahead of seventh-place Canton.

Sophomore Brady Carius guided Morton with a 13th-place time of 15:57.47.

He will be awarded second-team all-M-I distinction.

Zehr cited a breakout race by senior Quentin Young, who was 22nd in 16:35.38.

The next three Potter finishers were grouped closely together.

Luke Riffle was 33rd overall in 16:52.85, Matt Lyons was 38th in 17:05.19 and Zack Siscoe placed 41st in 17:09.78.

"We had a lot of PRs out there today," Zehr said. "Everyone ran really well."

Dunlap defended its title with 58 points. Only nine points separated the top-three teams.

Postseason: Morton is in the nine-team Normal West Regional at Maxwell Park.

The girls' race is at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the boys' competition starting 45 minutes later.

Awards will be handed out at noon.

The top-seven teams and top-five individuals not on a qualifying squad advance to the Oct. 27 Notre Dame Sectional at Illinois Central College.