Belvidere North lead big week in NIC-10 cross country

By Matt Nestor

Sports Columnist

It was a big week in cross country running for NIC-10 teams. Belvidere North seemed to distance themselves from the crowd, while Harlem also put up some good times.

The week started Sept. 22 at Rock Valley College for a NIC-10 dual meet. Through rough weather, Belvidere North dominated the field.

The Blue Thunder swept the field at the tournament, winning the team races in the varsity and junior varsity boys’ races as well as the girls’ race.

Junior Bruyn Yunk from Belvidere North led the boys’ race with a time of 16:37. The junior varsity race was won by North’s Tyler Yunk at 14:48, while the girls were paced by North’s Kristen Levi at 19:45.

The weekend concluded with the Sterling Invitational, where the Belvidere North boys once again dominated, winning the varsity and junior varsity team races. The girls finished third.

While several teams took to back running and just getting some work in during the bad weather at Rock Valley, several other NIC-10 teams ran with good results at Sterling.

The Harlem girls finished eighth in the varsity race and sixth in the junior varsity race. Leah Rafferty finished seventh individually, with a time of 18:51.

The Harlem boys’ junior varsity team also did well, taking second place in the team race.

“So far, the freshmen and sophomores have had a great season, and today was no different,” Harlem coach Richard Johnson said. “As a coach, you always worry that after four invites and four trophies, that they might become overconfident and maybe not as focused as they should, or just have a bad race. But that was not the case today or all through the week. The team had a great week of practice, and seemed just as focused and relaxed today as the other invites.”

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From the September 30 – October 6, 2009 issue

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