Mother Nature made Yorkville's cross country team put in a little extra work Monday.
The Foxes passed with flying colors.
The status of the season-opening Yorkville Invitational was in a holding pattern. An expected real feel of 98 degrees made postponing the meet a possibility.
With that in mind, Yorkville's girls put in a six-mile morning run.
"We absolutely went back and forth whether we were going to host or not," Yorkville girls coach Chris Muth said. "We decided halfway through the day that it would be good enough temperatures. Unfortunately, my girls had already put in six miles."
Up to the challenge, Yorkville put the first five runners across the line to top runner-up Oswego East and Rosary.
Olivia Borowiak took the lead from teammate Emily Eberhart on the second loop of the course and never looked back, finishing in 18:18.3 for a repeat individual title.
"Borowiak had a great race strategy," Muth said. "She went strong and under control. She was able to put together a good second half and finish strong. She and Victoria (Crawford) had our best races of the evening."
Alyssa Edwards was second for Yorkville in 18:41.5, followed by freshman Helena Kleronomos (18:43.3), Eberhart (18:50.2) and Crawford (18:59.8).
"I was satisfied with the effort," Muth said. "I don't think by any means it was a great race. I know we have a lot more to accomplish. This is a good starting point."
Yorkville edged Oswego East 19-38 in the boys portion of the meet behind the efforts of Patrick Black.
Black cruised to first place in a course record time of 15:58.0. Yorkville's Ben Summers (16:25) took third, Zack Price (16:35) was fourth, Eric Nauman (16:40) was fifth and Alex Loos (16:44) was sixth.