PBL High School cross country team runs in last home meet of 2017 season

PAXTON -- With the Patriot Invite in Peoria two days away, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School cross country treated Thursday's End of Season Meet as more of a warmup than a competition.
“What I wanted the guys to do was pace for the first 2 ½ miles, and then race the last half-mile," PBL head coach Dustin Franckey said. “I wanted them to feel fast coming home. We just migrated into a different phase of our training. We needed to not (the whole way) race here so we could race well on Saturday.”
The Panthers finished in second place as a team in both the girls' and the boys' races.
The paced trot gave PBL's 13 seniors a chance to go out in style in their final home race.
“It gave our seniors the opportunity to feel really good and feel fast coming home on their last time around the home course," Franckey said. “I'm very happy with how the guys raced the last half-mile."
Senior Marissa Arnette finished 10th in Thursday's girls' race with a time of 25:33 while fellow seniors Liberty Jamison, Olivia Frichtl and Katie Harms finished 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively, with times of 25:34, 25:41 and 25:59.
Jenna San Diego, another senior, finished 20th with a time of 28:35. Tammra Degarmo and Leslie Montenegro finshed 22nd and 25th, respectively, with times of 31:49 and 35:01. 
“It was good to see my seniors go around one last time," Franckey said. "They've done a lot for the program since I got here, and I'm very thankful for what they've done for us.”
Serving as an assistant coach under Becky Kasten, Franckey, who took over as head coach in 2015, said his girls' squad had seven girls "on good days."
“We sometimes didn't even have a full team, and now we've got 17 girls who consistently race," Franckey said. 
The 17-girl squad includes seniors Jamison, Frichtl, Schwarz, Arnette, Jenna San Diego, Harms, Montenegro and Degarmo.
"It goes back to our senior girls who we've got this year," Franckey said. "That circle of friends have been instrumental in making the team grow. I'm very thankful for my upperclassmen girls being welcoming to underclassmen. That plays a huge part in growing a program.”
Juniors Emily Graves and Evie Ellis finished eighth and ninth in Thursday's race, respectively, with times of 25:28 and 25:32. Sophomore Gracie Smith and junior Alyssa Hofer finished 14th and 15th, respectively, with a time of 26:07 each. 
Freshmen Yami Domingo and Olivia Wilson finished 19th and 21st, respectively, with times of 28:05 and 29:28. Sophomore Alexis Gray finished 23rd with a time of 32:07 while freshman Reese San Diego finished 24th with a time of 33:19. 
On the boys' side, the senior class consists of Kody Harrison, Adam McMullin, Brady Barfield, Gavin Ogburn and Garet Williams.
“The senior guys were a part of some great teams a few years back, and saw the work and dedication that it takes to be successful," Franckey said. "My senior guys are one of a kind, and I'm so thankful for what they have done. The quirky stuff they do draws in kids who don't know what they want to do, but want to try this.”
Harrison finished 10th with a time of 19:00 while Barfield placed 24th with a time of 19:58, McMullin placed 48th with a time of 22:35 and Ogburn finished 51st with a time of 23:00. 
Junior Erik Reck finished 14th with a time of 19:26 while sophomore Nik Schnabel finished 17th with a time of 19:23 and junior Alec St. Julien placed 18th with a time of 19:35. Jordan Giese, another junior, finished 19th with a time of 19:44 while sophomore Trevor Morse finished 23rd with a time of 19:55. 
Sophomore Sam Penicook and freshman Paul Cleary finished 46th and 47th, respectively, with times of 22:34 each. Freshman Ashton Goss finished 49th with a time of 22:43 while junior Jacob Ager placed 52nd with a time of 23:30 and freshman Nathan Kottke finished 53rd with a time of 23:33.
At Paxton
Team scores
1. Clifton Central, 28; 2. Paxton-Buckley-Loda, 67; 3. Hoopeston Area, 71; 4. Iroquois West, 98; 5. Villa Grove/Heritage, 137; 6. Tri-Point, 160.
Top individuals
1. Houmes (HA) 16:41; 2. Price (IW) 17:36; 3. Ditta (CC) 17:51; 4. Snejberg (CC) 17:51; 5. Ridgemon (VGH) 17:56; 6. Swanson (CC) 17:57; 7. Stua (CC) 18:03; 8. Chamness (CC) 18:31; 9. Snejberg (CC) 18:54; 10. Kody Harrison (PBL) 19:00.
PBL results -- 14. Erik Reck, 19:26; 17. Nik Schnabel, 19:32; 18. Alec St. Julien, 19:35; 19. Jordan Giese, 19:44; 23. Trevor Morse, 19:55; 24. Brady Barfield, 19:58; 46. Sam Penicook, 22:34; 47. Paul Cleary, 22:34; 48. Adam McMullin, 22:35; 49. Ashton Goss, 22:43; 51. Gavin Ogburn, 23:00; 52. Jacob Ager, 23:30; 53. Nathan Kottke, 23:33.
Team scores
1. Clifton Central, 15; 2. Paxton-Buckley-Loda, 40.
Top individuals
1. Antones (CC) 20:32; 2. Kleinert (CC) 20:47; 3. Ladehoff (CC) 21:20; 4. Smolinski (CC) 23:27; 5. Eighner (Hoopeston Area) 23:44; 6. Gerard (CC) 24:32; 7. Keverns (Tri-Point) 24:36; 8. Emily Graves (PBL) 25:28; 9. Evie Ellis (PBL) 25:32; 10. Marissa Arnette (PBL) 25:33.
Other PBL results -- 11. Liberty Jamison, 25:34; 12. Olivia Frichtl, 25:41; 13. Katie Harms, 25:59; 14. Gracie Smith, 26:07; 15. Alyssa Hofer, 26:07; 19. Yami Domingo, 28:05; 20. Jenna San Diego, 28:36; 21. Olivia Wilson, 29:28; 22. Tammra Demargo, 31:49; 23. Alexis Gray, 32:07; 24. Reese San Diego, 33:19; 25. Leslie Montenegro, 35:01.


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