Boys Cross Country: Plainfield South shooting for high state finish
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media October 31, 2012 9:28PM
Plainfield South's Jake Fitzgerald. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
When: Saturday, at Detweiller Park, Peoria
Lincoln-Way Central: Ben Alvarado, Ryan Barry, Nathan Coppens, Kevin Fabian, Chris Kaminski, Tommy Kolacki, Joey Nelson, Ian Peterson, Andrew Robbins, Dru Rozewicki, Jackson Waters, Ben Zibricky.
Minooka: Michael Bozue, Erik Brick, Henry Bugajski, Gabe Ceballos, Cam Knudsen, Will O’Connell, Alex Pierce, Cheyne Robinson, Joey Santillo, Cody Sterkowitz, Kyle Swanson, Joey Teresi.
Plainfield South: Tom Beck, Gabe Calvillo, Cody Dyer, Jake Fitzgerald, Steven Homecgoy, Dan Lathrop, Jake Lorenz, John Partee, Frank Pasqua, Kenny Peters, Anthony Santillo, Misael Tobias.
Joliet Central: Salvador Lazaro
Lincoln-Way East: Luke Johnston
Lockport: Will Giroux
Plainfield East: Joseph Suarez
Lemont: Aaron Oldanie
Lincoln-Way West: Ryan Kennedy
Updated: December 2, 2012 1:57PM
For the third time in the past four seasons, Plainfield South team will be in the field at the Class 3A state meet.
After an impressive second-place finish at the Marist Sectional, which included six teams from the 2011 state final, the businesslike Cougars expect to add to their growing list of accomplishments Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
“The way they were reacting, they know they made it to state,’’ Plainfield South coach Jason Crowe said of his team’s demeanor after the sectional. “A couple of years ago they were celebrating and had tears. Now they know the big goal is state.’’
Eight of the top 10 teams from last year’s meet are back, including defending state champion Palatine, runner-up O’Fallon and third-place Neuqua Valley. Plainfield South bettered Neuqua by three points at the sectional, proving the Cougars have what it takes to crack the top 10 — and higher.
“They have the experience, which is big,’’ Crowe said. “It’s a fast course. You can’t go out too fast. You don’t want to blow up in the first mile.
“The second mile is really going to be the big thing because the third mile is going to be all adrenaline and heart, finishing strong.’’
Crowe said each varsity runner has dropped his time 10 to 15 seconds from what it was at this time last year.
“We want to keep improving and run personal bests,’’ Crowe said. “We’re looking for a very high finish at state. The guys want that.’’
The main cog for Plainfield South is Dan Lathrop, third at the sectional in 14 minutes, 58 seconds.
“I have a lot more confidence this year,’’ Lathrop said. “Last year going into state I didn’t have as much experience. This year I have a little bit more experience and I know what I need to do.’’
Another elite runner is Minooka’s Joey Santillo, who made All-State last year by finishing 16th at Detweiller in 14:48. Santillo had the seventh-fastest sectional race (14:54) and St. Ignatius’ Jack Keelan has the top time (14:44).
Sectional runner-up Lincoln-Way Central has all five scorers — Chris Kaminski, Dru Rozewicki, Kevin Fabian, Ben Zibricky and Andrew Robbins — back from last year’s state meet and should move up from 25th place.