Clippers take first place at Mendota meet

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MENDOTA — Amboy-LaMoille runners took first-place honors in the boys’ and girls’ races during a cross country meet at Mendota on Sept. 18.

In the boys’ event, the Clippers’ Tom Stamberger was at the head of the pack in a time of 16:50. Three of his teammates finished in the top 10. They were Brock Loftus (4th, 18:07), Ian Eller (6th, 18:23) and Mateo Ramis (7th, 18:29). Completing the A-L runners were Calvin Deering (19th, 19:56) and Andruw Jones (26th, 21:07).

The Clippers claimed the team title with 36 points. Hall was next with 48 points, followed by St. Bede (71), Princeton (77), Putnam County (112) and Mendota (157).

In the girls’ competition, Margaret Vaessen of Amboy-LaMoille was the first overall runner in a time of 19:58. Next in for the Lady Clippers was Kaitlyn Ortgiesen in third place with a time of 21:55, followed by Kelynn Boyle in fourth at 22:28 and Bailey Bickett in 16th at 25:54.

Princeton edged Hall for the team win, 34-35.

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The A-L harriers competed in the Boiler Invitational on Sept. 22 at Kewanee.

The Clippers’ freshman-sophomore team had the first three runners to cross the finish line, which led to a first-place showing in the team standings. There were six schools in the competition.

Loftus was the overall champion in a time of 18:09. Eller was next through the chute in a time of 18:29, while Ramis took third place in 18:31. Deering (16th, 20:24) and Jones (22nd, 20:59), also competed for the Clippers.

In the varsity boys’ race, Stamberger finished in third place with a time of 16:58.

Elias Bergman of Chillicothe IVC won the race in 16:34, helping his team to first place in the standings.

Four girls competed for the Lady Clippers. Vaessen turned in a fifth-place finish in a time of 20:13. Ortgiesen was next (17th, 22:19), followed by Boyle (18th, 22:30) and Bickett (26:25).

Olivia Frail of Stark County was the overall champion in 19:34, while Knoxville won the team title.

Margaret Vaessen cruises along on her way to a first-place showing in a cross country meet at Mendota on Sept. 18.

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