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Benton's McLain takes 9th in girls state cross-country

  • Benton's Amelia McLain (325) leads the pack during girls Class 1A cross-country finals Saturday in Peoria.

    Benton's Amelia McLain (325) leads the pack during girls Class 1A cross-country finals Saturday in Peoria.
    Steve Lundy/DAILY HERALD NEWS SERVICE

  • Benton's Amelia McLain heads to the finish line during girls Class 1A cross-country finals Saturday in Peoria.

    Benton's Amelia McLain heads to the finish line during girls Class 1A cross-country finals Saturday in Peoria.
    Steve Lundy/DAILY HERALD NEWS SERVICE

  • DuQuoin's Gabrielle Alongi heads to the finish line during the girls Class 1A cross-country finals Saturday in Peoria.

    DuQuoin's Gabrielle Alongi heads to the finish line during the girls Class 1A cross-country finals Saturday in Peoria.
    Steve Lundy/DAILY HERALD NEWS SERVICE

 
 
updated: 11/5/2017 11:42 AM

Benton High School's sophomore phenom, Amelia McLain finished ninth in the state at the IHSA girls cross-country state championships on Saturday.

Gabrielle Alongi, the Du Quoin High School sophomore, finished in the top 100, coming in 44th.

Du Quoin and Pinckneyville high schools were very well represented at the girls finals.

DU QUOIN

The Du Quoin girls cross-country team, coached by Eric Kirkpatrick, finished 23rd, with Alongi, Andrea Lopez, Jacqueline Crain, Olivia Cravens, Lindsey Gossman, Maddie Robison and Chloe Hill.

Individually: Lopez, a senior, finished 133rd; Crain, a freshman, finished 165th; Cravens, a senior, finished 188th; freshmen Gossman and Robison finished 202nd and 203rd, respectively; and Hill, a junior, came in 205th.

PINCKNEYVILLE

The Pinckneyville girls cross-country team, coached by Ryan Bruns, finished 24th overall, with runners Kyla Epplin, Shania Opp, Dakota Krone, Olivia Buza, Hannah Porter, Aubrey Bruns and Gayle Winter.

Individually: Epplin, a junior, came in 111th; Opp, a senior, finished 129th; Krone, a sophomore, finished 153rd; Buza, a sophomore, finished 180th; Porter, a senior, came in 184th; Bruns, a sophomore, finished 194th; and Winter, a freshman, came in 199th.