Boys Finish Fourth at State Championships, All-State Honors for SchaibleThursday, November 14 2013 - IHSA 2A State Cross Country Championships - Peter Schaible
For the second year in a row the boys team finished in the top five at the IHSA State Cross-Country Championships as they followed up their 2012 state title with a strong fourth place finish this Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Ill. Thirty points from the podium again, the boys team made history once more as the first Chicago Public League team since the 1963-64 seasons to earn two consecutive top five finishes.
Senior Peter Schaible also etched his name in the record books over the weekend as he led the Eagles with a tenth place individual finish, giving him his first All-State recognition and making him the fourth Eagle runner in history to earn the honor. He also becomes only the third ever Jones runners to finish in the top-ten at the State Finals. The only four male All-State recipients in Jones athletic history are now cross-country/track and field runners.
Ranked number ten in advance of the state meet, the Eagles ran to their fourth place finish behind a trio of strong performances from juniors Markiyan Protsiv and Anthony Solis, as well as senior Tony Gonzalez. Both Protsiv and Solis turned in personal best performances en route to their second and fifth place respective team finishes, while Kyle Maloney, Will Sarchet and Nico Moreno also represented Jones.
Returning to famed Detweiller Park one year after their history making 2012 campaign, the Eagles competed with five brand new members in their State Finals line-up after losing the bulk of last year's top seven, including the graduation of senior All-State harriers Jamison Dale, Luke O'Connor and Kirby Lawson, as well as senior captain Armando Rodriguez.
The girls program also represented Jones at the State Finals this year finishing in twenty-second place. The Lady Eagles were led by junior Jennifer Geary, while juniors Daisy Mora and Julie Lohman comprised the rest of the top three. Rounding out scoring for Jones was a duo of freshmen, Emma Wilson and Charlotte Geissler, while Rachel Jones and Grace Kilpatrick also competed. Geissler brought home the ladies' lone personal best performance on the day with a strong state meet debut.