This year’s cross country NIC 10 Conference Championship race was held at Belvidere High school. All of the NIC 10 teams were there to compete in the harsh conditions of the cold, rainy mid day race. Racing in up to 30 mile an hour winds the Belvidere North Boys won the conference title for their second straight year. Nick Lenzen, who finished 5th place out 61 runners and was the first runner in for Belvidere North. Next up to come in 2nd on the team was Caden McNulty who placed 9th overall. Brandan Massman who came right after McNulty placed 10th overall. Finishing closely behind Massman was Caden Lendman placed 11th overall. Orlando Hernandez who finished 14th overall was the team’s fifth runner to finish. Luke Smith, who placed 25th overall also finished for Belvidere North as the sixth runner. And Lastly Solomon Foley was the last runner for Belvidere North, placing 48th!
This was a huge accomplishment for the boys and their coaches. The average time was 16:44:91 Everyone did great and we got to take the trophy home. As for the other scoring, Hononegah placed 2nd, Guilford placed 3rd, Auburn placed 4th, Boylan placed 5th, Harlem 6th, Freeport 7th, East 8th and lastly Belvidere 9th.
The JV team also got the job done. Runners Jovanni Alvarez, Nic Bourgault, Matt Gilbertson, Cameron O’Brien, Nick Schroeder, Zach Stegman and Will Ward. Everyone on the JV team placed in between 4th place and 40th! With that being said Belvidere North placed 1st for the JV team. This is a huge accomplishment because now both teams place first for North two years in a row. The runners and coaches have worked so hard for this huge moment. Belvidere North places 1st, Auburn placed 2nd, Guilford placed 3rd, Harlem placed 4th, Hononegah placed 5th, Boylan placed 6th, Freeport placed 7th and lastly Belvidere placed 8th.