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OHS' Beck wins St. Charles Invite : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
OHS' Beck wins St. Charles Invite
Senior posts fastest time in Illinois, Hjorth places third in varsity girls' race

by Kristin Sharp

9/6/2012

Oswego senior Caleb Beck didn't want to become the race leader so early into last Saturday's St. Charles East Leavey Invite, but he found himself in that position at the first hill on the course.

The early push helped Beck position himself within the top three, and eventually led to his first-place finish at the invite, leading a field of 100 runners with a time of 14:36.

Beck's time is the fastest posted in the state so far this season.

"His whole intention going into this race was to set himself up to win despite the high level of competition going in," Oswego boys coach Dan Whipple said. "He has high goals and he was going to do whatever it takes to reach those goals. He didn't want to take the lead so early, but in the first 800 meters of the race there's a hill. No one else was going."

Beck wasn't alone in his top finish. Sophomore teammate Peter Johnsrud captured ninth place with a time of 15:21, which ranks 18th in the state so far.

"We're very, very excited about Caleb's first-place finish in a very fast time," Whipple said. "Peter also had a very fast time, especially for a sophomore."

Senior Christian Bartell finished 44th (16:03), senior Nick Couch placed 53rd (16:09) and senior Sam Vanderhei was 78th (16:30) to complete the top five scoring runners for Oswego.

Wheaton North won the invite with 88 points and four runners in the top 25 while Jacobs was second (117) and St. Charles North finished third (121). Oswego finished eighth in the 15-team invite with 185 points.

"I had high hopes. The scores of the varsity team didn't quite meet our expectation, but it was a culmination of a lot of nice positives," Whipple said. "Throughout the race, Christian, Nick and Sam were our three, four and five and they did a nice job working together. With Christian and Nick coming off a season where they didn't run much, both ran great at their first invitationals."

Oswego senior Brandon Ramsey placed third in the open race with a time of 16:13.

In the varsity girls' race, Oswego senior Kelsey Hjorth clinched a third-place finish with a time of 17:16, finishing just seven seconds behind York senior Emma Fisher, who won the race in 17:09.

"Kelsey ran well - 17:16 for the first three-mile of the year, it was a great start for her," Oswego girls' head coach Eric Simon said.

Senior Ashley Golembeski clocked in at 18:24 to place 21st overall while junior Teagan Terando finished 48th in 19:17, sophomore Kayla Perez was 71st in 20:18 and sophomore Dana Janusz was 78th in 21:03 to round out the top five. Senior Blair Diemer clocked in at 21:24 and sophomore Alyson Simon finished in 21:25.

"Ashley just keeps improving," Simon said. "She's running well. Teagan had a real nice race too."

Oswego finished 10th in the 13-team field with 221 points. St. Charles North scored 99 points to place first ahead of York (101) and Jacobs (128).

"It was a high-caliber meet. After the meet I thought we ran well," Simon said. "There were seven or eight ranked schools there. We've got some things we need to improve. Our gap between three and four, five six - we need to improve that a bit, but the girls did well overall. All but maybe one or two just killed their times from a year ago. It was a good meet for us."

Oswego will host Minooka, Oswego East and Romeoville in a Southwest Prairie Conference quad meet in the fields behind OHS before turning its focus to the Steelman Invite hosted by Joliet Central at Channahon Community Park. Varsity girls race at 10:25 a.m. followed by the varsity boys at 10:50 a.m.

"Joliet we had a real good meet there last year. It was the first time we won the meet last season," Simon said. "We'll see what we can do this year. It's down at Channahon and we know that course well. We run conference there and we've run regionals there. It's almost like our second home course. It's a good place for us to run. It'll be a good meet."

The Steelman Invite leads into the Peoria Notre Dame Invite on Sept. 15 at Detweiller Park.

"Caleb's goal is to win the Joliet meet, especially some of the local schools who are there," Whipple said. "Peoria is just a wide open field and to get back there with a large crowd, after having not the greatest experience last November (at state), coming back and getting a more positive race is important. The Detweiller course is one of the fastest courses ... looking back on our school's history, if Caleb ran the same time in November (as he did in St. Charles), he'd have the third fastest three-mile race ever run by an Oswego distance runner. We're looking to continue that trend at Joliet and put himself up in the front part of that race in Detweiller to give him some confidence and see what it feels like to run up in the front."




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