The Father McGivney Running Griffins earned the boys double championship tonight at Triad High School. In addition to running to their second straight Madison County Small School title, the Griffins captured their very first (in any sport) Prairie State Conference Championship.
The Prairie State Conference schools used the Madison County Meet as a dual-purpose meet due to the similar schools running cross country. Results for the Prairie State: Tyler Guthrie won first in 17:03. Zach Brasel ran 17:16 as runner-up. Tanner Fox ran 17:38 for third, Elijah Burns was fourth, and Brandon Ahring 6th. Andrew Dupy finished 7th and Noah Beltremea 15th. Rough course, hot temps....but our guys had great concentration to score 16 points in the first conference championship for cross country...for the Prairie State Conference and Father McGivney! East Alton Wood-River was second with 65, Metro-East Lutheran 73, and Alton Marquette 79.
In the Small School portion of the Madison County Championship, the Griffins scored 35, eight points better than Civic Memorial with 43, Roxana 49, East Alton Wood River 125, Metro-East Lutheran 140, and Alton Marquette 145. Tyler Guthrie finished 2nd overall, Zach Brasel 3rd, Tanner Fox 5th, Elijah Burns 9th, (1-15 were medalists), Brandon Ahring 16th, Andrew Dupy 18th, and Noah Beltremea 29th. It was a very competitive meet with Civic Memorial and Roxana. Proud of our guys for pulling it out, especially in the difficult running conditions...not ideal, but we stuck our nose in it, and competed.
On the girls side, Mira McAtee improved her position from last year by medaling in the 12th position in the varsity Madison County Championship. Bridget Weeks was 20th, Amelia Beltremea 23rd, and Izzy Margarida 25th.
There was no girls Prairie State Conference Championship Meet due to the lack of full teams.
In the Open race, Clayton Scott led the way for the Griffins finishing 8th overall, with Christian Logue 10th, and Mark Mueller 11th.