The Chester Grade School Cross Country program, under the direction of Jenny Cartwright, has been busy during the month of October.
The Jr. Jackets hosted the annual CGS Invitational Tuesday Oct. 2 at the Chester Cohen Complex and competed at the 2018 Red Bud Les Coureurs des Boise Oct. 9.
At the Chester Invitational Meet October 2 all Jr. Jacket runners had a great opportunity to compete as there were both girls and boys JV and varsity events offered to allow all runners to compete and excel.
The JV Girls JV race started the day with 42 girls running in a 1.2-mile race. Coach Cartwright had the course well prepared and managed. The weather cooperated and the event was well-officiated.
Chester's Lola Thomas was the first Chester girl to cross the finish line. Thomas, just a 5th grader had a time of 8:32.28. She finished 5th overall out of the field of 42 runners.
Other Jr. Jacket finishers included Addie Mae (10th, 9:24.52); Kaylee Rogers (11th, 9:31.77); Erin Liefer (21st, 10:11.39); Ella Wright (30th, 11:21.36); Saddie Sellers (31st, 11:24.36); Kylie Hicks (32nd, 11:25.62); Callie Davis (34th, 11:36.08); Jessica Stumpe (35th, 11:37.52); Emma Murphy (36th, 11:58.96); Whitney Sulser (40th, 12:35.30); and Emily Gruenewald (41st, 12:54.87).
The JV Jr. Jacket Boys Division 1.2-mile race included 50 runners from eight schools. In the event there were five schools that earned "team scores" with runners from an additional two schools.
The overall winners of the JV Boys Race was Trenton Ingles from St. Mark's. Ingles had a time of 7:36. Chester's Gabrielle Coffman was the runner-up in 2nd Place with his time of 7:46, just 10 hundredths of a second behind the winner I a photo finish.
Other Chester JV Boys included Lincoln Schroeder (6th, 8:34); Brayden Absher (13th, 9:08); A.J. Bierman (18th, 9:34); Lannin Carter (25th, 10:22); Eli Stout (38th, 9:08); Charlie Ralphs (39th, 12:00); Will Welge (42nd, 12:46); and Chase Murphy (46th, 13:51).
The Chester Girls' varsity squad had only one competitor, Josalynn Anaya, who finished 27th out of 40 runners with a time of 14:36. The CGS Varsity had just one female upperclassman, therefore making it ineligible for a team score most of the season. There must be at least five runners for a team score.
The Boys' varsity race was also a 1.8-mile race featuring 42 runners. The winner of this event was Josh LA Chance of Smithton with his time of 10:45.
The Boys' Varsity had four schools with team scores including Murphysboro (1st, 40); St. Mark's (2nd 43); Smithton (3rd, 49); and Red Bud (4th, 145). There were also five schools that could field a team score including Chester, Evansville, Red Bud Lutheran, St. John's Red Bud, and St. Bruno.
Chester Grade School had four varsity runners out of the field of 42 runners including Jacob Handel (14th, 12:22.17); Maison Shemonic (15th, 12:22.45); Justin Hoffman (37th, 15:04); and Braxton Conder (39th, 15:51).
Tuesday October 9 the Jr. Jackets traveled to the Red Bud Jr. High Cross Country Meet hosted at Forte de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher. The event was a combined High School and Grade School Meet titled, "Les Coureurs des Bois".
Chester High School did not send participate in this event. Coach Cartwright did take her varsity boys and girls teams. The event was a mixed race in which the boys and girls ran together at the same time in a 2-mile contest. Scores were combined to determine team standings.
Six schools had enough runners to qualify for a team score, however there were 10 schools represented in the grade school division. Chester was one of the six schools that had a team score.
Marissa was the winner with 41 combined points followed by Dupo (2nd, 48); DuQuoin (3rd, 55); Evansville (4th, 110); CHESTER (5th, 116); and Red Bud (6th, 142). The Junior Jackets missed fourth place by just six points.
The grade school division featured a total of 153 runners. There were 78 boys and 75 girls competing in the event. Chester Grade School entered 11 boys and 13 girls in the race for a total of 24 competitors out of the 153 runners.
Chester's first finisher was Gabriel Coffman who finished 4th overall with a time of 13:54 for the two mile race. Maison Schemonic of CGS finished 19th with his time of 15:18.06. He was Chester's second finisher and the 15th male finisher.
Lincoln Schroeder was Chester's third finisher. He finished 36th overall and 25th among the male runners. He had a time of 16:01.97. Jacob Handel finished fourth among the Chester runners and 41st overall. He was also the 27th male finisher. His time was 16:15.00.
Chester's first female finisher was Lola Thomas. Thomas finished 49th overall, and 27th among the female competitors. Her time was 16:34.00. Josalynn Anaya finished 73rd overall, 26th among the female runners and second among the CGS girl participants. Her time was 17:30.00.
Adeline May finished 89th overall, 36th among the female runners and third among the CGS female competitors. Her time was 18:54.00. Teammate Erin Liefer finished 96th overall, 40th among the female runners and fourth among the Chester girls. Her time was 19:22.00.
Lannin Carter finished 97th overall, 57th among the male runners and 5th among the Chester boys. His time was 19:26.00. Justin Hoffman finished 98th overall, 58th among the male runners and finished 98th overall, 58th among the male runners and 6th among the CGS boys. His time was 19:30.00. Aaron Bierman finished 103rd overall, 60th among the male runners and 7th among the Chester boys.
CGS had three girls finish back-to-back-to-back. Kaylee Rogers finished 113th overall, 50th among the female runners and 5th among the Chester girls. Her time was 20:26.00. Alyssa Coffey finished 114th overall, 51st among the female runners and 6th among the other CGS girls. Her time was 20:41.00. Callie David finished 115th overall, 52nd among the female runners and 7th among the other Lady Jr. Jackets. Her time was 20:43.00.
Saddie sellers finished 128th overall, 60th among the female runners and 8th among the CGS girls. Her time was 21:29.78. Jessica Stumpe finished 129th overall, 61st among the female runners and 9th among the Chester girls. Her time was 21:31.00.
Eli Stout finished 131st overall, 69th among the male competitors and 8th among the Chester boys. His time was 21:40. 00. Braxton Conder finished 136th overall, 71st among the male runners and 9th among the other CGS boys. His time was 21:55.00.
Emma Murphy finished 141st overall, 67th among the female runners and 10th among the CGS girls. Her time was 23:14.24. Kylie Hicks finished 142nd overall, 68th among the female runners and 1th among the Chester girls. Her time was 23:14.70.
Will Welge finished 145th overall, 75th among the male runners and 10th among the CGS boys. His time was 24:30. Whitney Sulser finished 146th overall, 71st among the female runners and 12th among the Chester girls.
Chase Murphy finished 147th overall, 76rth among the male runners and 11th among the CGS boys. His time was 24:53.00. Emily Gruenewald finished 148th overall, 72nd among the female runners and she was the 13th girls to finish on the Lady Jr. Jacket team. Her time was 25:03.00.
The overall male finisher was Logan Stevens from Dupo. He ran the two-mile course in 13:12.00. The first female finisher was Haley Drake of the Evansville Attendance center. Her time was 14:07.00.
Coach Cartwright said, "The Red Bud combined race was very different for our runners. First of all it was a 2-mile race. The most we usually run is 1.8 miles. Secondly this race combined both boys and girls in one big race. That also is much different. Our kids did great though and stepped up to the challenge."