AMBOY — The Amboy Clippers continued their dominance in cross country by cruising to a triangular victory at Byron on Sept. 29.
AHS had the top five runners and won with a perfect 15 points. Mendota was second with 47 points and Byron had 77 points.
Brock Loftus won the meet in a time of 16:11. The next four spots were occupied by Clipper runners Ian Eller (16:23), Kyler McNinch (17:12), Charlie Dickinson (17:58) and Andruw Jones (18:05). AHS’s Wyatt Lundquist finished in the seventh position overall with a time of 18:21, while the rest of the Clipper lineup was comprised of Ryan Dickinson (10th, 18:42), Garrett Pertell (12th, 19:08) and Calvin Deering (21st, 20:37).
“It was good to have almost everyone back,” said Amboy coach Mike Robinson. “All the boys ran faster tonight on a 2.87-mile course than they did on the 2.8. The hard work is paying off. We keep getting better and showing people what we are made of.”
Byron tallied 26 points and edged the Lady Clippers (30) in the girls’ race. Mendota had 73 points.
Lauren Althaus was the first AHS runner through the chute and second overall in a time of 21:01. Byron’s Rebekah Starwalt claimed the top prize in 20:08.
Other racers for Amboy were Elly Jones (3rd, 21:12), Madelyn McLaughlin (6th, 22:39), Brittney Mundell (8th, 23:16) and Brooklyn Whelchel (11th, 23:33).
“All the girls ran faster times on a 2.87-mile course than on the 2.8 at Eastland,” said Robinson. “It was the best race for the girls’ team all year. They all looked very good and made everyone very happy.”
Amboy hosted three other teams on Oct. 1 at Shady Oaks.
The Clipper boys raced to victory with 22 points. Newman came in second with 33 points, followed by Genoa-Kingston with 85. Indian Creek did not figure in the team standings.
AHS runners occupied five of the top nine spots, led by Loftus in first place with a time of 16:40. Eller wasn’t far behind in second place with a time of 16:57. Also finishing in the top nine were McNinch (4th, 17:43), Charlie Dickinson (6th, 18:03) and Lundquist (9th, 18:16).
Other competitors for the Clippers were Jones (11th, 18:33), Ryan Dickinson (13th, 18:50), Pertell (16th, 19:26) and Deering (24th, 21:05).
“Another great win for the boys making them 7-0 against 1A teams,” stated Robinson. “We continue to show that we have put in the work and will continue to get better.”
The Lady Clippers also enjoyed a team win with 30 points to edge Genoa-Kingston by three. Newman had 60 points and Indian Creek was not in the team standings.
Althaus led the charge for Amboy with a second-place finish in a time of 20:58. Indian Creek’s Caroline Bend took the top spot in 19:20.
The rest of the Amboy lineup consisted of Jones (3rd, 21:36), McLaughlin (8th, 23:07), Mundell (9th, 23:08) and Whelchel (13th, 25:07).
“The girls ran fantastic races and it got them their first team victory of the season,” commented Robinson. “It was really good to see everyone work very hard and earn the win.”