Amboy runners bring home second, first place finishes

Amboy boys cross country team placed second at the Oregon Cross Country meet on Sept. 8. Photo courtesy of Heather Loftus

AMBOY -— Amboy’s cross country runners had a busy week, competing in a meet at Oregon on Sept. 8 and running in the Gary Coates Princeton Invitational on Sept. 11 at Princeton.

At Oregon, the Clipper boys took second place in the team standings with 30 points, three points behind Newman. Rochelle (84) and Oregon (115) also competed.

The Clippers had the top two runners with Brock Loftus finishing first in a time of 16:44 and Ian Eller placing second in 18:15. Also finishing in the top 10 were Charlie Dickinson in seventh place with a clocking of 19:37 and Wyatt Lundquist in eighth place in 19:47.

Amboy had seven other runners in the competition. They included Kelton Schwamberger (12th, 20:18), Andruw Jones (15th, 20:38), Atticus Horner (16th, 20:40), Garrett Pertell (17th, 21:03), Hayden Zacharias (18th, 21:07), Ryan Dickinson (21st, 21:24) and Jaden Haley (32nd, 24:40).

The Lady Clippers had four runners in the event, with Lauren Althaus placing third overall with a time of 22:35. Elly Jones was next for Amboy in sixth place with a time of 23:42, followed by Bailey Ellis (10th, 26:09) and Addison Pertell (15th, 28:48).

Oregon topped the team standings with 33 points, Newman was second with 43 and Rochelle had 51.

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Amboy’s boys took the top spot in the Coates Invitational with 66 points. Sandwich (74), Newman (85), Morris (111) and LaSalle-Peru (118) rounded out the top five in the 21-team event.

Loftus crossed the finish line first in the boys’ race with a time of 16:25.08, while Eller occupied the fourth position in 17:03. Other Clippers traversing the course were Charlie Dickinson (19th, 18:17.92), Schwamberger (30th, 19:00.68), Garrett Pertell (31st, 19:01.12), Andruw Jones (34th, 19:09.89), Lundquist (37th, 19:37.07) and Horner (42nd, 19:51.65).

Three Lady Clippers ran the race, with Elly Jones earning the 20th spot in a time of 22:20.21. Ellis (35th, 23:39.64) and Addison Pertell (51st, 24:56.49) also competed.

Joy Dudley of Morris won the race in a time of 19:57.54.

The top five in the team standings were Morris (28), Aledo Mercer County (53), Sandwich (90), L-P (167) and Princeton (191).

Two Amboy boys ran in the freshman-sophomore race, with Zacharias taking third (11:53.84) and Haley finishing 16th (12:45.64).

Lowpoint-Washburn won the meet with 27 points.

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