ELMWOOD — The Elmwood/Brimfield boys cross country team took home hardware for the second consecutive year after winning the Class 1A Elmwood Sectional on Saturday morning.
Second-ranked Elmwood advanced to the state meet with 96 total points, just edging second place finisher Deer Creek-Mackinaw (98).
"It was a good win," Elmwood coach Gregg Meyers said. "It was a tight race with Dee-Mack, they are a good team."
Trevor Dunkel finished third in the three-mile race at Maple Lane Country Club in 15 minutes, 42 seconds and Cooper Hoffmann (sixth) finished in 15:44 for the Trojans. Gary Cates finished in ninth for Dee-Mack. Wyatt McIntyre of Athens set a course record with a 14:41 to help his team to a third with 116 points.
El Paso-Gridley scored 142 points to place fifth and earn a trip to the state meet next week at Detweiller Park.
Tremont's Leland Sumer (ninth) and Eureka's Kyle Johnson (12) advanced to state as individuals.
AT OREGON: Illinois Valley Central earned a second-place finish at Oregon Park West to qualify for the 1A state meet.
The Grey Ghosts posted 142 points, while Rockford Christian claimed first place with 68.
IVC's Owen Habeger finished the three miles in fifth with a time of 15:59.59.
Jordan Gerberding (16:46.54) and Elias Bergman (16:49.60) finished in 15th and 16th for the Grey Ghosts.
AT NORMAL: Washington earned a trip to state by placing in fifth at Maxwell Park.
The Panthers finished with 140 points and placed two runners in the top 20.
Reese Borlin (15:55.3) and Avery Davidson (15:56.6) finished in 15th and 16th place to lead Washington.
Chris Gilbert (Notre Dame) finished the 3-miles in 15:39 to advance to Detweiller as an individual.
Three other Journal Star-area runners advanced to state as individuals: East Peoria's Mark Skaggs (13th in 15:43), Metamora's Ryan Meyer (18th in 15:59) and Morton's Sam Lange (21st in 16:02).
Mahomet-Seymour (41 points) finished in first place, while Normal University (65) claimed second.
AT GRANITE CITY: Pekin's Kolton Dunkelbarger and Brody Blackwell earned a trip to state after finishing in the top 20 at Wilson Park.
Dunkelbarger finished in 17th in 15:29, while Blackwell took 19th with a 15:32 finish on the 3-mile course.
Yorkville had 84 points to win the sectional, while Lockport Township came in second with 95.