LANSING | At a time of year when some of the traditional cross country powers are chasing conference titles it was all about personal records for the boys and girls at T.F. North and T.F. South.
“The PR is the most important thing” T.F. South’s Anthony Kyte said after finishing third just behind second-place finisher and teammate Tremayne Broy in the boys race.
“I took second, but I’m really not happy,” Broy added. “I’m excited to do well in the conference finals but I didn’t get a PR.”
The duo helped T.F. South finish fourth as a team (79 points) at the South Suburban Blue Conference meet. Bremen won with 44 points, while T.F. North was sixth (168).
“Everyone ran their best today,” T.F. North boys coach Eric Perez said. “They all had a personal record (PR) or were close to it. That’s really all you can ask of them is to constantly be working and showing improvement.”
That seemed to be a theme that both district 215 rivals shared, all day long. Rebels and Meteors turned in season best times across the board.
Even in a day full of personal-best times, the highlight was Broy and Kyte earning all-conference honors.
“It feels great to get a top two finish but I didn’t run my best race,” Broy said. “I just have to treat this as a dress rehearsal for regionals and work on a few things before next week.”
Broy and Tinley Park’s David McDonald pulled away from the pack early and led from wire to wire, finishing first and second, respectively, with a comfortable margin.
The real battle was for third where Kyte came into the home stretch in fifth place but used a late surge to edge out runners from Bremen and Oak Forest.
“I just focused on staying with them the whole course,” Kyte said. “I couldn’t let myself fall behind and in the final 100 I just really pushed it. This is my last year so I just had to get a top spot.”
In the girls race, T.F. North’s Monica Munoz led all area runners finishing in 13th place and just missing out on a top ten finish.
“I could have done a lot better,” Munoz said. “I have a week to train for Regionals now, and I just have to focus on improving and see where it takes me, the goal is to get to sectionals.”
Lemont won the girls team title with 15 points; T.F. South was sixth (150) and T.F. North was seventh (171).
“(Saturday's) meet was about more than just a conference championship,” T.F. South girls coach Steve Nelson said. “The seven best runners will be on the team for regionals next week, starting (Saturday), it’s a competition to be one of those seven.”
Meteors girls coach Kalente Jackson agreed.
“The incentive is to make the regional team,” Jackson said. “We’re taking the seven best times so big meets like today get them ready for bigger meets in the next couple weeks.”