YHS teams progress at First to the Finish

Sunday, September 9 2018 - Peoria First to the Finish Invitational


The first major benchmark of the 2018 season left the Foxes with a glimpse at what's possible, and what still needs to progress.

The girls varsity team took third place with 93 points, behind Naperville North's 58 and Downers Grove South's 92. Minooka took fourth with 182 and Batavia fifth with 204. 36 3A teams were in the field.

Helena Kleronomos paced YHS with a time of 17 minutes, 4.10 seconds to take third overall. The effort was 60 seconds faster than her 2017 First to the Finish race. Kailey Fox was close behind in sixth with a time of 17:12.70. Emily Eberhart had a strong first official race of the year, taking 12th place with a time of 17:36.50. Sophomore Sara Klemm had a great race, placing 25th and breaking the 18:00 barrier with a 17:59.40, while Olivia Borowiak rounded out the top five with a 18:30.4 for 50th place overall. To date, that means that five Foxes have run under 18:00 at Detweiller Park since July 2018's Detweiller at Dark - Borowiak ran 17:28 there in July. Klemm's effort Saturday was also 41 seconds faster than her race at Detweiller at Dark in July, and 1:47 faster than 2017.

Also running in the varsity race was Hailey Simmons, who ran 1:31.6 faster than her 2017 time, placing 62nd in 18:49.40. Nicole Greyer ran her first race since recovering from an injury and placed 76th in 19:02, while newcomer Anna Hunter made a 2:41 improvement from her Detweiller at Dark time in July, running 19:03.90 to place 79th. Nicki Vergara (130th, 19:42.70) and Sam Moreno (174th, 20:15.00) also ran for the varsity team.

Kylie Regas (15th, 19:51.10), Margaret Hunter (21st, 19:58.10), Renee Niles (43rd, 20:32.4), Ana Penland (47th, 20:35.4) and Laura Taylor (88th, 21:20.1) placed in the top 100 out of 708 in the girls open race.


The boys placed 21st out of 47 total teams with 589 points. Fishers High School won with 147, followed by Lyons Twp. (165), Glenbard West (171), Oswego East (201) and New Trier (268). 

Yorkville was paced by the 1-2 of Ivan Westcott and Ben Tholen. Westcot was 41st with a time of 15:30.5, while Tholen was close behind in 15:40.7, good enough for 64th. In 2017, Westcott ran 16:22 and Tholen ran 16:20. Jackson Edwards was next for the Foxes, running 16:24.1 (a 2:16.5 improvement over 2017) for 157th, with Alex Loos one place behind him in 16:24.40. Austin Hunter (200th, 16:43.3) and Corey Kramer (277th, 17:19.0) rounded out the truncated varsity lineup.

Jack Stillmunkes (29th, 16:45.40), Brody Ferko (33rd, 16:47.70), Nicolas Clever (55th, 17:08.10) and Aiden Goodwin (75th, 17:21.01) were all in the top 100 in the open boys race — which featured 1,094 total runners. Nathan Summers (104th, 17:35.1), Jack Brucher (108th, 17:36.40) and Austin Popplewell (153rd, 17:58.1) all broke the 18:00 barrier for the young Foxes squad.


Up next for the Foxes is the Minooka Flight Meet. While the lower-levels will run in standard races, the varsity will run in flighted races. This unique format places each teams 7th runners against each other in their own individual race. Then, the 6th runners compete against each other, and so-on until flight 1. Strategy and runner-placement are important, as each competing team strives to get as close to 7 points (meaning they won each flight) as possible.