La Salle-Peru sophomore Vincent Walker didn't want to let his head coach down Saturday at the Class 2A Galesburg cross country regional.
L-P head coach Jim O'Hare traditionally sends at least one Cavalier long-distance runner on to sectionals, and this year, Walker was worried L-P may not have one.
"I didn't really think I was going to do it this year, but I didn't want to let my coach down." Walker said. "I knew he wouldn't be mad if any of us didn't go, but I just went out there and tried my hardest."
Walker kept O'Hare's streak going strong.
Walker qualified for the Class 2A East Peoria Sectional by placing in the top five individuals not on an advancing team at Lake Storey Park in Galesburg.
Walker finished 38th overall in a time of 19 minutes, 17 seconds to make the sectional cut.
"That was like a minute slower than I have been running, but I was happy I made it," Walker said. "It was a close fight for sectionals, but I got it. I didn't really like course, but I felt I warmed up pretty good and anything. I didn't really feel good when I got out there. Once we got to the mile, when I heard my time I was like, â€˜Wow, that's a lot slower than what I've been doing.' I was getting kind of worried, but I didn't get discouraged and tied my hardest."
That plan worked for the Cavalier runner.
Now Walker and O'Hare will try to advance out of sectionals, which are next Saturday at Illinois Central College in East Peora.
"I am very excited," Walker said. "I am looking forward to the race Saturday. I am going through this last week of practice the best that I can to get ready for Saturday."
Galesburg's Gabe Moreno won the individual regional championship in Galesburg in a time of 16:46.
On the girls side, no one from L-P advanced to sectionals.
Galesburg freshman Stephanie Saey won the individual regional championship with a time of 19:21.
The Fieldcrest boys cross country team advanced out of the Class 1A Eureka Regional on Saturday at Eureka Lake Lower Park.
The Knight boys and girls were one of five teams in their respective divisions to advance to the Class 1A Elmwood Sectional this Saturday.
The Fieldcrest boys finished fourth with 90 points.
Leading the way for Fieldcrest was junior James Leigh, who took 11th in 16:33, while senior Kinsly Tarmann placed 14th in 16:45.
Senior Guthrie Wyss took 19th in 16:58.
On the girls side, the Lady Knights placed fifth with 129 points.
Leading the way for Fieldcrest was senior Katie Janssen, who placed 14th overall individually in 20:05, while sophomore Alyssa Martynowski took 28th in 21:33.
Henry/Midland senior Kenny Swartz finished fifth at the Class 1A Sherrard Regional on Saturday at Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa.
H/M did not advance as a team, but Swartz and Henry/Midland senior Wes Oltman each moved on in a group of the top five individuals not on a sectional-qualifying as a team.
Swartz took fifth in 16:34, while Oltman placed 13th overall in a time of 17:15 as both move on to the Class 1A Elmwood Sectional next Saturday.
The Henry volleyball team finished out the regular season with a 2-2 record at Eureka's host tournament Saturday.
Henry beat Midland and Roanoke-Benson while losing to Urbana and Kewanee.
In a 25-10, 20-25, 15-12 victory over Midland, Abbey Steele finished with 11 kills, while Lori Privratsky and Jenny Briner each served 10 points. In the win over R-B, Steele put down 13 kills, Schrowang set 14 assists and Alyssa Phoenix served three aces.
Steele finished with 40 kills in four matches.