Loud music, lights and a smoke machine.
Colorful team names.
And, of course, running.
The Yorkville cross country teams enjoyed a fun capper to their summer season last weekend – and perhaps a preview of what’s to come this fall.
Running against some of the top teams in the Midwest, on the familiar Detweiller Park course that the IHSA state course is held on, Yorkville’s girls cross country team took home the team championship of the Detweiller at Dark event Friday.
The Foxes had four of the top runners on the three-mile course, led by Alyssa Edwards – who finished fourth in 17 minutes, 38.0 seconds. Yorkville edged out Indiana powerhouse Carmel, flipping the results from last year.
“It’s a good snapshot of where we are at, and a good indicator that we raced well against Carmel,” Yorkville coach Chris Muth said. “It’s a validation of the work that they have put in. It helps us coaches know better at the start of the season knowing exactly how they would race on full effort. It concludes the summer in a nice way.”
Yorkville – which went by the moniker Taste the Rainbows for this event – featured three runners who helped the Foxes take second to Naperville North at the Class 3A state cross country meet at Detweiller last fall.
Behind Edwards, teammate Emily Eberhardt took fifth in 17:44.6, Olivia Borowiak was ninth in 17:54.9 and Helena Kleronomas – who led Yorkville Middle School to second in the state last year – was 10th in 17:57.2. The Foxes were without Nicole Greyer, a member of last year’s state team.
Others running for Yorkville included Samantha Moreno, 27th in 18:41.1; Victoria Crawford, 45th in 19:11.0; Madyson Klebenow, who finished 46th in 19:11.8; and Sarah Klemm, who took 59th in 19:30.2.
“The kids are in great shape and great spirits, and have been working hard. That kind of result shows all the hard work they’ve put in,” Muth said. “It’s the first time we’ve beat Carmel in a couple years. It’s a great start, but all that matters is what happens in November.”
Patrick Black led Yorkville’s boys finishers, taking 27th in 15:29.3. Other runners competing for the Foxes – who went by the team name Spicey Meatballs – included Alex Loos, clocked in 16:25.1; Ben Summers, in 16:26.7; and Ivan Wescott, clocked in at 16:58.2.
Yorkville’s first practice is Aug. 9, with the Foxes’ first meet their own Yorkville Invite on Aug. 21. They’ll be back at Detweiller for the First to the Finish Invitational Sept. 9.