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"We used the neon to find each other," Alvarez said. "We started to do it to focus on our pack running. Neon jerseys you can see each other during the race and see each other. Last year we wore gray and it didn't work out too well. We couldn't find each other."
The Wolves are a team to watch.
Oswego East overcame sloppy conditions caused by melting snow to take second place behind No. 1-ranked St. Charles East at the Class 3A St. Charles North Sectional.
The Wolves, ranked seventh in the final ILXCTF.com rankings, edged eight-ranked Naperville North 74-90 and will make their second state appearance. St. Charles East, led by race winner Bob Liking, easily won the team race with 29 points.
"The conditions were a little rough, but we were eager to be out here," said Alvarez, 10th among runners on advancing teams in 15:53. "We were excited to run against St. Charles East. We wanted to go head to head to see how we match up against them. I think it went really well."
Luke Wentz (ninth, 15:51) paced Oswego East, followed by Alvarez, Brad Wiggins (12th, 15:58), Nick Bozarth (18th, 16:04) and Nathaniel Brischetto (25th, 16:12).
"Our pack was really good," Alvarez said. "Luke was right in front of me, Brad right in back, and the other guys really packed well. Pack running is something we stress and something we try to do every race."