Helena Kleronomos is on a nice pace.
The Yorkville sophomore narrowly missed the school record Saturday, leading the Foxes to third place at the First to the Finish meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria – site of the state finals.
Kleronomos was clocked in 17:04.1, good for third place individually behind only Batavia freshman Katrina Schlenker and Barrington sophomore Molly Fitzpatrick.
"Three or four seconds off our school record which is an amazing place to be right now," Yorkville coach Chris Muth said.
Foxes' sophomore Kailey Fox was sixth in 17:12.7, Emily Eberhart 12th in 17:36.5, Sara Klemm 25th in 17:59.4 and Olivia Borowiak 50th in 18:40.6.
"Individually there were some really good races," Muth said. "Kailey has been such a great addition to our program, something that has done everything that is asked of her. Sara is coming on strong, running with great confidence, improving as the year goes on. And a lot of our younger runners improved by two to three minutes. The overall result was very positive. We saw a lot of good things."
Naperville North took the team title with 58 points, with Downers Grove South (92) narrowly edging Yorkville (93) for second.
"It's hard in 3A, with the competition. If one person has an off day, you have teams that will catch you in a heartbeat," Muth said. "It's very rare that every kid will run perfect at a given race."
Yorkville's boys took 21st in a meet won by Fishers. Ivan Wescott was 42st for the Foxes in 15:30.5, Ben Tholen 64th in 15:40.7.
Madi Malone had six kills and nice aces, Megan Williams added seven kills and Mattie Chapman five kills to lead the Norsemen past LaMoille-Ohio 25-6, 25-6. Meggie Scott had 10 digs and Olivia Nelson 17 assists. Naomi Sweeney had seven aces and Malone nine digs in Newark's 25-5, 25-12 win over Hiawatha on Sept. 6.
Kait Natividad carded a 41, leading the Foxes past Plainfield East 337-345 in a meet Sept. 10 at Cedardell. Aidan Kinsella shot a 50, Anna Carrington a 53, Isabella Franz a 61, Alexis Nelson a 64 and Maddi Battaglia a 68.
The Foxes took second in the Pirate invite, shooting a 330 as a team. Jonathan Waugh led the way, shooting a 78 for fourth. Ryan Waugh's 79 was good for sixth, followed by Riley O'Connor (87) and Caden Fairless (86). Minooka won the invite, shooting a 309.