WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Marquette’s Hoffman, Seneca’s Jenkins advance to State Cross Country

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Marquette’s Hoffman, Seneca’s Jenkins advance to State Cross Country

CROSS COUNTRY

Two locals advance to State

Seneca’s Audrey Jenkins (left) and Marquette’s Lucas Hoffman. (Contributed)

OREGON – At Saturday’s IHSA Class 1A Oregon Sectional at Oregon Park West, Lucas Hoffman of Marquette raced to a ninth-place finish in the boys’ race in 17 minutes, 26 seconds to advance to State this weekend.

He will be joined by Seneca’s Audrey Jenkins, who finished 26th in the girls’ race (21:11) to earn the final advancing position.

Seneca had its full boys’ and girls’ teams competing, with each finishing eighth. Billy Glasscock (18:09) finished 22nd for the Seneca boys’ best finish.

The State Tournament will be held this Saturday at Detweiler Park in Peoria.

In Class 2A at the Bloomington Sectional, Ottawa and Streator failed any runners to State. Liam Tipple (18:24) was Ottawa’s top boys’ finisher, while Eva Heimsoth (21:31) led the Lady Pirates. Rafael Pantoja (17:14) led Streator’s boys’ team and Stephanie Mendoza (21:51) paced the Lady Bulldogs.

FOOTBALL

Forreston 42, Marquette 7

OTTAWA – The ninth-seeded Cardinals (8-2) began their IHSA Class 1A State championship defense with a win at Gould Stadium Saturday, taking a 26-0 lead at halftime on the way to victory.

Jay Scott completed 5 of 13 passes for 82 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the eighth-seeded Crusaders (7-3), who finished the season with three consecutive losses. Preston Aukland had the touchdown catch for Marquette, and Luke Couch led the rushing attack with 39 yards on 12 carries.

Forreston will host No. 1 Annawan-Wethersfield (10-0) in the second round.

Seneca ousted in opening round

DUNLAP – The 13th-seeded Fighting Irish finish the season with a 5-5 record.

See other first round results at our High School Sports page.

GIRLS SWIMMING

La Salle-Peru/Ottawa/Streator/Earlville finishes third at NIIC Meet

BYRON – Streator swimmer Cora Walker was third in the 500-yard freestyle (6:03.68) Saturday, while L-P swimmer Peyton Heagy won the 100 freestyle (55.33) and finished second in the 50 freestyle (25.41). Fellow L-P swimmer Nicole Pocivasek was third in the 100 backstroke (1:06.92).