TUSCOLA -- Last year was the only time this decade that the St. Teresa girls cross country team didn't win the Central Illinois Conference.
On Thursday, the Bulldogs came away with the CIC Meet at Tuscola to bring the trophy home.
Veronica Hein won with a time of 18:13.83, followed by Shelbyville's Ailey Mitchell's 18:19.
The Bulldgos won with a score of 27, Tuscola finished second with a 74, followed by Central A&M (79), Clinton (89) and Shelbyville (93).
St. Teresa had five of the top 10 finishers.
"I thought the girls obviously ran very well," St. Teresa coach Todd Vohland said. "The times, especially Veronica's time, on that course were pretty exceptional. Ailey Mitchell from Shelbyville is a really good runner, as is Payne Turney from Clinton, so for Veronica to be able to get ahead of those two says a lot."
Pamela Tacud finished fifth overall after not running in a meet for three weeks because of an injury. Freshman Morgan Brummer and Katie Dunscomb, who is in her first year on cross country, were named all-conference.
"All in all, it was a good day for us," Vohland said. "For our girls, this is our ninth out of the last ten years to win the conference. It's nice to get the trophy back for St. Teresa."
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Tuscola edges out win
TUSCOLA — It came down to a sophomore.
Tuscola's Mason Day just passed Clinton's Ian Hale to help the Warriors win the Central Illinois Conference meet.
The Warriors took first with a score of 40, followed by Clinton (43), St. Teresa (55) and Sullivan (84).
"It was a close meet," Shelbyville coach Dustin Dees said. "Clinton ran really, really well and performed unbelievably. At first, I wasn't even sure if we were going to pull it off. Our seniors, Michael Holmes (third overall) and Bradley Kramer (sixth overall) really pulled through for us.
"Out top three all did great."
St. Teresa's Jackson Stewart (15:49.84) won, followed by Ryan Skowronski of Shelbyville (16:29.36), Holmes (16:48.9) and Reid Thomas and Terry Hendriex of Clinton (17:05.98).
"Jackson Stewart is a really good runner," Vohland said. "Ryan Skowronski from Shelbyville stayed with him for about the first mile, then Jackson just continued to build. I'm really happy with his race. The other four guys were all in the top 17. All in all, it was a good day for us."
Braves ward off Tornadoes
MOUNT ZION — An Apollo Conference championship doesn't mean Mount Zion is done being tested.
Taylorville gave the Braves (25-3, 11-1) all they could handle Thursday before Mount Zion escaped with a 25-23, 27-29, 25-23 win.
"In my 17 years of coaching, Taylorville just played the best defense I've ever seen," Mount Zion coach Jay McAtee said. "They're an amazing team. They make you work for everything. You just have an extremely good offensive team versus an extremely good defensive team. It was just so fun to be a part of."
Dayna Kennedy led Mount Zion with 15 kills and Karlee McAtee had nine to go along with eight from Reiley Drake.
Ali Vaughn had 32 assists and Karlee McAtee had 19 digs.
"It took our entire team. Everybody had to make plays to win this, so I was proud of my team and the way they kept fighting," Jay McAtee said. "I'm sure Coach (Kim) Peabody is proud of her team, too. We've got two teams with high aspirations for the playoffs, and these are the exact matches that we need to play to get ready."