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Lake Forest girl wins; Stevenson’s Wood is top boy

Mundelein's Stephanie Johnsfinishes sixth during girls varsity race Art Campbell Invitational Lakewood Forest Preserve August 29 2012. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times

Mundelein's Stephanie Johnson finishes sixth during the girls varsity race in the Art Campbell Invitational at the Lakewood Forest Preserve August 29, 2012. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media

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BOYS RACE (3 Miles At Lakewood Forest Preserve)

Team Scores — 1) Barrington 62; 2) Highland Park 68; 3) Vernon Hills 113; 4) Stevenson 115; 5) Grayslake Central 121; 6) Zion-Benton 176; 7) Grant 22; 8) Mundelein 238; 9) Lakes 267; 10) Round Lake 277; 11) Lake Forest 288; 12) Waukegan 310; 13) Grayslake North 345; 14) Wauconda 358; 15) LF Academy 396; 16) North Chicago 538.

Top Finishers

1) Brendan Wood (Stevenson) 15.59; 2) Jonah Hanig (Highland Park) 16:05; 3) Emmett Smith (Highland Park) 16;06; 4) Ryan Prais (Lakes) 16;08; 5) Angel Estrada (Highland Park) 16:12.

6) Kyle Whitney (Vernon Hills) 16:18; 7) Mike Rappleye (Barrington) 16:20; 8) Kerry Frank (Barrington) 16:21; 9) Konrad Eiring (Barrington) 16:22; 10) Kevin Orozco (Grayslake Central) 16:22.

GIRLS RACE ( 3 Miles At Lakewood Forest Preserve)

Team Scores — 1) Mundelein 55; 2) Vernon Hills 80; 3) Lake Forest 86; 4) Warren 127; 5) Grayslake Central 141; 6) Libertyville 142; 7) Lakes 192; 8) Highland Park 214; 9) Stevenson 260; 10) Deerfield 265; 11) Grant 327; 12) Wauconda 345; 13) Zion-Benton 394; 14) Grayslake North 402; 15) Round Lake 404; 16) LF Academy 477; 17) Waukegan 479.

Top Finishers

1) Helen Schlachtenhaufen (Lake Forest) 19:07; 2) Elle Chody (Lake Forest) 19:10; 3) Kristi Del Prato (Libertyville); 4) Korina Gomez (Grayslake Central) 19:20; 5) Lindsey Lewis (Grant) 19:43.

6) Stephanie Johnson (Mundelein) 19:44; 7) Elena Palacios (Mundelein) 19:49; 8) Meg Tully (Warren); 9) Elsie Rehberg (Grayslake Central) 19:55; 10) Shannon Skeoch (Vernon Hills) 19:57.

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Updated: October 1, 2012 4:58PM

Runners from Lake Forest and Stevenson won individual titles, and Mundelein and Barrington won team championships Wednesday at the Lake County Invitational cross country meet, held at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

In the girls competition, Mundelein prevail by placing five in the top 17.

That offset a 1-2 finish by Lake Forest girls.

The winner was the Helen Schlachtenhaufen who, indeed, is fortunate that cross country is not a sport in which athletes’ names are on the back of their jerseys.

Helen, who does not have a nickname, covered the three-mile course in 19:07, three seconds ahead of her teammate, Elle Chody.

“Elle and I ran together the whole time,” said Helen. “I was there at the finish, but she really pushed me the entire way.”

Mundelein’s best were Stephanie Johnson (sixth) and Elena Palacios (seventh).

“The plan was to put four people in the top 20. We’ve been struggling a little bit with the fifth spot in our workouts. We needed someone to step up and Emily Schlebecker (17th as the champs’ fifth runner) did that today,” said John Osmanski, Mundelein’s coach.

In the boys race, Stevenson’s Brendan Wood — whose older brother Kevin was second in this meet two years ago, won his race by six seconds in 15:59.

“At the start of the race, I just tried to stay with the lead pack,” the senior said. “With a mile a go, I started to pull away. I just tried to pick up the pace through the final mile.”

In the team scoring, Barrington placed five in the top 22 to beat Highland Park.

“With about three-quarters of a mile to go, the Stevenson kid (Wood) broke and made a move that I couldn’t catch,” said Highland Park’s Jonah Hanig, who finished second. “But overall, it was a good team race for us.”

Racing has gone on at Lakewood seemingly forever, but a new course is being used this year.

“It was a little bumpy,” said Wood. “ But I like it better than the old course. It’s a little flatter so you get some faster times.”

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