Mt. Vernon's boys cross country team won its first South Seven Conference title since 2008 Thursday.
“It's always our No. 1 first goal that we're trying to achieve each year,” Mt. Vernon boys coach Clint Turner said. “The way we look at it is if we don't achieve it, it's not been a successful year. But it's been a while since we've been able to win it so we're happy to get it done.”
The Rams finished with 31 points to win the title. David Modert led the Rams and won the race in a time of 16:18.
“He's been nursing a sore back,” Turner said. “He's been limited to what he can do. Of all the courses, we run this is probably the worst one for a sore back.”
Other team scores were: Carbondale 53, Marion 56, Centralia 112, Cahokia 120 and Althoff 150.
The Lady Rams placed third and had two 10 individuals finishers.
Marion won the girls title with a score of 29. Other team scores were: Carbondale 44, Mt. Vernon 73, Centralia 83. Althoff and Cahokia didn't have full teams.
Kate Bushue led the Lady Rams with a seventh-place finish in a time of 20:35. Camilla Bauer was ninth in a time of 21:01. Both received all-conference honors.
“Kate and Camilla had really good races,” Mt. Vernon girls coach Connie Harre-Blair said.
Other results for the Lady Rams were: Zoe Mattingly 20th (23:06), Makayla Moore 23rd (23:25) and Kira Young 37th (26:46).
“We had a really good effort from our five,” Harre-Blair said. “In regard to keeping and staying focused and staying in the race.”
Other results for the Rams were: Jordan Wilemon fourth (16:39), Daniel Flood fifth (16:43), Hagan Schneider eighth (17:07), Brykell Patton 13th (17:36), Ethan Badger 15th (17:42) and Tyler Williams 20th (18:05).
“Two other guys in the top five Jordan Wilemon and Daniel Flood just ran really, really well,” Turner said.
Modert, Wilemon, Flood and Schneider all earned all-conference honors with their top 10 finishes.
“(Schneider) has really come on in the last two and a half, three weeks,” Turner said.
Both teams travel to Highland on Saturday, Oct. 26 for the regional.