Photo essay: Scenes from another boys cross country regional title
Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 10:32pm
KICKAPOO STATE PARK — The 2009 Illineks are a step closer to returning to the IHSA Class 1A state finals thanks to their victory Saturday at the nine-team St. Joseph regional meet. It was the second consecutive regional championship and third in five years for a Doug Mynatt-coached boys team.
Junior Albert Anastasio led Uni with a second-place finish, missing out on top honors by less than half a second. Classmate Buck Walsh turned in a strong third-place performance, while four other Illineks made it into the top 20: senior Langston Allston-Yeagle (ninth), senior Andrew Weatherhead (11th), sophomore Iain Konigsberg (15th), and junior Ziran Shang (19th). For more detailed coverage of the meet, click here.
The Illineks' next challenge will come Saturday, when Uni takes on 19 other teams at the Decatur St. Teresa sectional. The meet will be held at the Hickory Point Golf Course, 727 Weaver Road (click here for directions). The top five teams will advance to the Nov. 7 state finals in Peoria, as will the top seven individuals not on a qualifying team. The boys race will begin at 10 a.m., following the girls race at 9.
In the meantime, check out these photos from the St. Joseph regional. Will Fernandez took all the photos, and Mohammad Jaber assisted with the captions.
2009 Class 1A St. Joseph Regional Boys Meet in Photos
Senior Langston Allston-Yeagle (277) ran the three-mile course in 17 minutes, 42 seconds and finished ninth. Gargoyle photos by Will Fernandez (click any photo to enlarge and to create your own slideshow)
With senior Nathan Smith out due to illness, it was up to junior Buck Walsh to provide a strong complement to the team's No. 1 runner, classmate Albert Anastasio. Walsh came through in impressive fashion, placing third (17:06).
Senior Andrew Weatherhead (285) maintains a lead over Allston-Yeagle. It wouldn't
last, though, as Weatherhead would cross the finish line six seconds behind his ninth-
place teammate. Weatherhead finished 11th (17:48).
Uni's 2009 cross country regional winners display their IHSA championship plaque. From left: Weatherhead, senior Horace Wang, Konigsberg, Snyder, Anastasio, Allston-Yeagle, head coach Doug Mynatt, senior Eric Fritzsche, Shang, and Walsh.