Here’s two names to remember.
Glenbrook South’s Kate Jortberg and Glenbrook North’s Natalie Sandlow continued their outstanding cross country seasons at Busse Woods on Oct. 28.
Jortberg, a sophomore, raced to a sixth-place finish in the Class 3A Hoffman Estates Sectional. She cruised the three-mile layout in 17:46.3 and will be the team’s lone competitor at Saturday’s state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
Talk about consistency.
A week earlier, in a regional race at Busse Woods, Jortberg was clocked in a second-place time of 17:46.5.
And, talk about being oh so close.
With Jortberg leading the way, Glenbrook South just missed qualifying to state as a team. The Titans tallied 179 points for sixth place. The fifth — and final — qualifier was Palatine (168).
The team’s other scorers were senior Kayleigh Pitterman (25th, 18:27.5), junior Lauren Hayes (37th, 18:41.9), junior Lila Frick (57th, 19:09.1) and junior Claire Williams (19:23.3).
It’s been a solid season for the Titans. They placed fourth in the regional with 86 points, while they ended up third (105 points) in the South Division of the CSL Championships at Vernon Hills on Oct. 16.
Jortberg has been a special runner. Besides her strong showings in the postseason, she took fifth in the CSL meet, third in the Warren Invite on Sept. 16 and second in the Wauconda Invite on Sept. 9.
Meanwhile, Sandlow — just a freshman — has been GBN’s headliner.
She entered the sectional race after placing third in the regional at Busse Woods a week earlier. And, to her credit, she made a five-second improvement.
“With the better competition, I went faster,” said Sandlow.
Sandlow, a former travel soccer player with FC United, has been fast riser in the sport.
“I quit soccer to be a runner,” she said. “I realized that I could be kind of good at this.”
“Her race today was quite impressive,” said GBN head coach Bob LeBlanc. “But she’s been doing this all year.
“She’s really a smart racer for someone so young,” the coach added. “She’s tough-minded. She had the confidence to get out fast, which put her in a good position.”
Sandlow’s other season highlights included third place in the CSL Championships, seventh at the Warren Invite and seventh at the Lake Park Invite.
“There’s not enough superlatives to describe how well she ran,” LeBlanc said.
Lake Park Sectional
New Trier will send two teams to this weekend’s state meet in Peoria.
The girls squad earned a trip to Detweiller Park by taking third at Lake Park on Oct. 28. The Trevians tallied 79 points to finish behind Wheaton Warrenville South (51) and Glenbard West (73).
Sophomore Bridget Forbes led the team by driving to a ninth-place finish (18:13). She was followed in by senior Savannah Noethlich (14th, 18:17), junior Elizabeth Finnegan (15th, 18:18), junior Caroline Truckenbrod (20th, 18:24) and junior Leah Ulrich (21st, 18:24).
Loyola Academy finished 12th (274) in the standings. Senior Lainey McKinley kept her season alive. She will be running in Peoria after earning an at-large berth (17th, 18:18).
In the boys race, NT picked up the final qualifying berth (5th, 155 points). The Trevians edged sixth-place Wheaton North by one point. Glenbard West scored 58 points to slip past Wheaton North (67) for first place. York (117) and Whitney Young (146) also advanced, Loyola Academy ended up 10th overall (292).
Senior Patrick Norrick was a top-10 finisher for the Trevians. He took 10th in 15:01.
NT’s other scorers were junior Graeme Lane (31st, 15:30), senior Owen Eskandari (35th, 15:39), senior John Izzo (39th, 15:46) and senior Charlie Forbes (40th, 15:47).