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CLIFTON -- Ryder James set a meet record at the Twin Valley Conference Meet.

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda sophomore boys cross country runner finished Saturday's meet with a time of 15:43.

"I feel pretty good about it," James said. "It's always pretty cool to win a race. I really did enjoy seeing that I got the conference record. I hope in the next couple of years, I work on improving that conference record and getting the time a little bit lower, but overall, I'm very proud of how it went."

The original record was set last year by Clifton Central's Isaiah Ditta, who finished Saturday's conference meet in second place with a time of 15:51.

Maddie Royer had a first-place finish for PBL on the girls' side with a time of 20:26.

"I feel really good about it," Royer said. "I've worked hard going into this season trying to stay healthy. With the weather, I think I did pretty good. It was a little chilly. The wind was hard."

The PBL boys finished second as a team with a score of 42, behind first-place Clifton Central (22).

"I'm pretty proud of how the team did stacking up against one of the best teams in the state," James said. "We can't really complain. We gave it our all and did pretty good. It was good to see."

The PBL girls placed second with a score of 51, behind Beecher (20).

"I think our team has been really good this year," Royer said. "We all support each other and are there for each other. I think we've had a good season."

Nik Schnabel and Ashton Goss each finished in the top 10 in the boys' race. Schnabel finished eighth with a time of 17:20 while Goss placed 10th with a time of 17:41.

Keagan Busboom finished 11th with a time of 17:56 while Liam McMullin finished 13th with a time of 18:02, Daniel Busby placed 15th with a time of 18:08 and Paul Cleary finished 21st with a time of 19:17.

Lorena Arnett placed in the top 10 on the girls' side with a 10th-place time of 22:09, followed by Alexis Putnam (14th, 23:21), Gracie Smith (15th, 24:27), Jordan Parrish (20th, 27:00) and Mandy Muhl (23rd, 30:34).

After racing at Normal's Maxwell Park in a meet hosted by Normal University High School on Tuesday, the Panthers will run in a meet hosted by Prairie Central at 9 a.m. Saturday and host its senior-night meet at 4:30 p.m. the following Tuesday.

"I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season and to see what this team does," James said. "I think this team can really place high in the state series and sectional series."

The regular-season finale will take place at Detweiller Park in Peoria as PBL races in a meet hosted by Peoria Heights at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

"I'm really excited for the rest of the season," Royer said. "We have some good, fast courses coming up, and I'm hoping to break (the 20-minute mark) soon."


At Clifton


Team scores

1. Clifton Central, 22; 2. Paxton-Buckley-Loda, 42; 3. Iroquois West, 75; 4. Beecher, 107.

Top individuals

1. Ryder James (PBL) 15:43; 2. Isaiah Ditta (CC) 15:51; 3. Trevor Swanson (CC) 16:12; 4. Mari Anthony (CC) 16:20; 5. Connor Price (IW) 16:51; 6. Jerod Snejberg (CC) 17:01; 7. Blake Stua (CC) 17:10; 8. Nik Schnabel (PBL) 17:20; 9. Caden Chamness (CC) 17:28; 10. Ashton Goss (PBL) 17:41.

Other PBL results -- 11. Keagan Busboom, 17:56; 13. Liam McMullin, 18:02; 15. Daniel Busby, 18:08; 21. Paul Cleary, 19:17.

Tri-Point results -- 19. Jose Amador, 18:41; 32. Ayden McNeil, 24:48.


Team scores

1. Beecher, 20; 2. Paxton-Buckley-Loda, 51; 3. Iroquois West, 53.

Top individuals

1. Maddie Royer (PBL) 20:26; 2. Tori Fasano (BEE) 20:37; 3. Sidney Marquie (CC) 20:54; 4. Madison Marquie (CC) 21:17; 5. Sydney Bonham (BEE) 21:19; 6. Trinity bonham (BEE) 21:26; 7. Kasey Swanson (BEE) 21:42; 8. Christina Wang (BEE) 21:45; 9. Samantha Hartke (IW) 21:46; 10. Lorena Arnett (PBL) 22:09.

PBL results -- 14. Alexis Putnam, 23:21; 15. Gracie Smith, 24:27; 20. Jordan Parrish, 27:00; 23. Mandy Muhl, 30:34.

Tri-Point results -- 21. Mikaayla English, 28:12; 22. Margie Billerback, 29:03.