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Freshman Star's Debut, Naperville Girls' First Win

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A couple very obvious things to take away from the First to Finish Invitational on Saturday in Peoria, Illinois. 

1. Naperville North's girls, until proven otherwise, are still tops in Class 3A. In an early season battle between the state's three best teams, the MileSplit50 No. 4 Huskies ran well, displaced in a strong field, and came away with a big win, dispatching No. 13 Yorkville and Downers Grove South. As we predicted, top stick Alex Morris led the squad with a fourth-place finish in 17:07.40, while sophomore transfer Campbell Peterson came through in 10th and the team's 3-4-5 were all in by the 21st finisher. Naperville scored 58 points, while Yorkville scored 89 and DGS had 90 (Edit: Earlier results had DGS ahead of Yorkville). Barrington, one of Illinois' better squads a year ago, was seventh with 251 points. 

Team Scores

1Naperville North High School584+10+13+14+17 (21+32)0:39 1-5 Split | 17:32 Avg
2Downers Grove South High School925+16+18+26+27 (39+41)0:54 1-5 Split | 17:45 Avg
3Yorkville High School923+6+12+25+46 (57+69)1:26 1-5 Split | 17:40 Avg
4Minooka High School1799+24+43+45+58 (83+87)1:20 1-5 Split | 18:14 Avg
5Batavia High School2011+20+35+56+89 (91+96)2:38 1-5 Split | 18:12 Avg

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2. How about the freshman? Batavia High School's Katrina Schlenker is no joke. As many around the Illinois area have predicted, this young gun could be something special. On Saturday, she might have indicated the beginning of a truly breakout season. She won the girls 3A race in the top overall time of 16:42.60 and outpaced Molly Fitzpatrick, a sophomore from Barrington. 

3. The top race in the boys field also threw down in the Class 3A race. A total of 12 boys broke 15 minutes at 3-miles, with Glenbard West senior Rory Cavan claiming victory in 14:24.40. Maine South's Tommy Brady, ranked No. 17 in the preseason MileSplit50, had the flu and finished seventh in 14:53.40. 

Boys Individual Places

1Rory Cavan12Glenbard West High School14:24.401
2Jack Roberts12Downers Grove North High School14:26.502
3Tyler Cushing11Bolingbrook High School14:44.803
4Samuel Rivera12Whitney Young High School14:46.004
5Jared Kreis11Lincoln-Way Central High School14:48.305
6Andrew O'keefe12Granite City High School14:51.000
7Tommy Brady12Maine South High School14:53.406
8Roland Prenzler12Edwardsville High School14:54.707
9Stephen Moody12Glenbard West High School14:55.408
10Eddie Lennon12Rolling Meadows High School14:58.009

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