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2021 BCR Boys Cross Country Team of the Year

Ian Eller, Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio (Jr.)

Eller placed third at the Rock Falls and Kewanee invitationals and finished top 10 in the Princeton, Amboy and Seneca invitationals. In the postseason, he had individual success while also helping the Clippers to a team state berth. He placed fourth in the Class 1A St. Bede Regional, ninth at the Oregon Sectional and 90th at state.

Ian Eller

Ian Eller

Elijah House, Bureau Valley (Jr.)

House was consistent throughout the season, placing top five at the Kewanee and Erie-Prophetstown invitationals and top 10 at the Princeton and Elmwood invitationals and the Three Rivers Conference Meet. He came on strong in the postseason, placing fifth at the Class 1A St. Bede Regional and 25th at the Oregon Sectional to qualify for stqate for the first time, placing 156th.

Elijah House

Elijah House

Miguel Jones, St. Bede (Sr.)

Jones had a steady senior season for the Bruins, leading the team early on at the Princeton Invite (22nd) as well as the Three Rivers Conference Meet (18th). He finished his career placing 37th in the Bruins’ own regional.

Miguel Jones

Miguel Jones

Brock Loftus, Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio: The BCR Runner of the Year was near the top of every race he ran this season. He won the Princeton and Kewanee invitationals and was top five at the Amboy, Rock Falls, Seneca, Bureau Valley, Erie-Prophetstown and Peoria Heights invitationals. Loftus was the Class 1A St. Bede Regional and the Oregon Sectional champions, helping the Clippers to a team state berth. He had the best state-placing in program history, placing 26th.

Brock Loftus

Brock Loftus (Alex T/)

Kyler McNinch, Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio: McNinch played a key role in helping the Clippers advance to state as a team for the first time. He was runner-up at the Class 1A St. Bede Regional and placed seventh at the Oregon Sectional. McNinch ran a personal best 16:24 to finish 82nd at state. He was top 10 at the Amboy, Erie-Prophetstown and Rock Falls invitationals.

Kyler McNinch

Kyler McNinch

Ben Roth, Bureau Valley (Jr.)

A solid No. 2 runner for the Storm all season, Roth was the third top finisher from Bureau County at the St. Bede Regional, placing 20th, as well as the Oregon Sectional, placing 78th. He finished 25th at conference (19:00).

Ben Roth

Ben Roth

Christian Yepsen, Princeton (Jr.)

The Tigers’ No. 1 man had a very consistent season and showed good improvement. His best races time wise were at Rock River (18:23) and Sterling (18:26). He placed 22nd at conference and 28th at regional, an improvement of 33 spots, just missing out on qualifying for sectional by one position.

Christian Yepsen

Christian Yepsen

HONORABLE MENTION

A-L-O – Gabriel Glass (Jr.).

BV – Ben Roth (Jr.)

PHS – Gabriel Glass (Jr.). Evan May (Sr.), Jake May (Sr.), Mack Williams (Sr.)

St. Bede – Miguel Jones (Sr.), Henry Orteza (Sr.).

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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