OREGON – Two Amboy-LaMoille cross country runners qualified for the state meet after competing in the Oregon Class 1A Sectional on Oct. 27.
Thomas Stamberger’s performance for the Clipper boys was good enough to earn a trip to state. He finished in 14thplace overall with a time of 17:16. He was one of the first seven runners to cross the finish line who was not a member of a qualifying team.
Stamberger is the sixth individual state qualifier in Amboy history, while the Clipper team was only the second team to make it to the sectional round.
Brock Loftus turned in a 22nd-place effort for Amboy-LaMoille and was clocked in 17:26. Mateo Ramis occupied the 41stslot with a time of 18:16, while Ian Eller finished 43rdin 18:17. Calvin Deering (126th, 20:33) and Andruw Jones (137th, 21:05) completed the Clipper competitors.
The overall individual champion was Christopher Collett of Seneca in a time of 15:54.
Teams advancing to the state meet were Rock Falls, Pontiac, Seneca, Winnebago and Sterling Newman. The Clippers were eighth in the team standings.
In the girls’ race, Margaret Vaessen was the lone competitor for the Lady Clippers and she finished in ninth place with a time of 20:12. She earned a trip to state for being one of the first seven runners to cross the finish line who was not a member of a qualifying team.
Vaessen is only the second A-L girl to qualify for the state meet. Megan Grady did it three times in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Karlie Hey of Sterling Newman won the race in a time of 18:53.
The top five advancing teams were Rock Falls, Winnebago, Rockford Christian, Toulon Stark County and Seneca.
The IHSA State Finals will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Detweiler Park in Peoria. The Class 1A girls will race at 9 a.m. followed by the Class 1A boys at 10 a.m.