History was made!! The Lady Griffins qualified for the first time in school history for the IHSA Cross Country Sectional, and finished 11th overall. The Griffins finished 12th in the boy's race (its 4th straight State Sectional qualification!) Temperatures were great for racing, but the 15-20 mph winds took its toll on times.
Tyler Guthrie finished his cross country career by finishing 2nd overall in 15:43. State-bound (if there were no COVID restrictions); he would have an opportunity to improve his All-State finish from last year. Tanner Fox was 60th overall in 17:57, Andrew Dupy 67th, and Noah Beltramea 90th in 18:55. These four seniors, along with Brandon Ahring, have given so much to the Father McGivney athletic program: its first IHSA Team State Qualifiers (twice) 2018 and 2019, two-time Madison County Small School Champions, two-time Prairie State Conference Champions, its first All-State individual performance, and all of them embedded in the Top 10 cross country fastest times. Leadership by example. Sophomores Nolan Shearer finished 95th, Evan Rybak 102nd, and Wyatt Biermann 115th. Sophomore Riley Strack was injured and couldn't compete late in the season. Freshmen Garet Seger was on the Regional roster, Collin Moore, and Nathan Terhaar also competed this year.
The cross country program was assisted by Russ Hart and Craig Brummer; Jim Helton was head coach. We were fortunate to be able to run in the IHSA State Series, even though it ended just short of State Finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria. We want to "thank" our parents, administration, supports, and local media who followed our team.