Jones Eagles cross country running team had another successful campaign at the recent Chicago Public League Championships, winning half of the team races on the day and continuing their streak in the freshmen and sophomore boys divisions.
Emma Wilson became the first Lady Eagle to win a Chicago Public League individual crown at any level and led the girls freshmen team to the first Chicago Public League team title for the ladies program in any division. Receiving All-City honors for the girls were Charlotte Geissler (5th), Rachel Jones (7th), Olivia Wagner (10th) and Ciara Greene (14th).
The boys freshmen also kept their impressive streak alive winning the Freshmen City Championship for the fourth year in a row. Arthur Santoro and Zach Benes led the team with fourth and fifth place finishes respectively, while Josh Gerenraich (7th), Will Moran (13th), Joey Bailey (16th), Daniel Garcia Rico (17th) and Stephen Claud (20th) also took home All-City honors.
At the sophomore level, the boys squad continued their streak as well, winning the program’s third consecutive Sophomore City Title. Nico Moreno was the the second of four City Champions for Jones at the meet, winning the meet in dominating fashion. The entire sophomore team also finished with All-City honors: Nik Merten (4th), Alex Behle (5th), Ethan Barreto (7th), Jeremy Adams (8th), Stephen Kruto (11th) and Kevin Shannon (13th).
Continuing the day of streaks, the JV boys squad also defended their title from last year in dominating fashion as well. Junior Daryl Cordova broke the field and won going away in 10:42. He was followed by Anthony Morales (3rd), Enrique Sanchez (4th), David Salmi (5th), and Gustavo Colunga (8th) to score a low twenty-one points for the victory. Also finishing All-City were Marquis Dixon, Cole Hamilton, Noah Lazers, and Michael Tobias.
Adding to Jones’ four individual champions on the day, the Eagles also went 1-2 at the varsity level for the second year in a row, the third consecutive year that Jones has boasted the individual city champion at the varsity level. Peter Schaible made a big move halfway through the race to drop the field and held on for the victory in 15:13. Also separating himself from the field as the only other runner close to Schaible was teammate Kyle Maloney, who ran a dominating last mile to move from fifth to second and finished on Schaible’s heels in 15:14.
The Eagles will look to defend regional titles in both boys and girls races next weekend, again at Washington Park