Alleman boys take aim at another Big 6 cross country title

Posted Online: Sept. 01, 2014, 5:39 pm
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By Chris Steele,
The Quad-Cities metro boys' cross country season will be about seeing how teams fit together.

Alleman has won two straight Western Big 6 Conference championships, but it will be difficult to replace the top-end talent of Zach Hird, now a freshman at North Central College. A core of returners will make the Pioneers formidable, though, with Kienan Otto, Aaron Golding, Augie Darrow and Connor Darrow back from a team that finished 13th at state last season in transitioning to the 2A field.

United Township is primed to challenge for the conference title, with Kyle Riege and Justin Verlinden returning to lead the way. The Panthers' Isaac Boore also will be a valuable addition to the lineup, returning to the cross country team after he golfed last season. Boore ran a 16:18 at state as a freshmen in 2012.

Moline's Timothy Knobloch and Koffivi Vonor return to provide a tough 1-2 punch for the Maroons. The same can be said of Rock Island's Josh Hathorn and Mugisha Fashingoma, and the Rocks have some solid depth on this year's team as well.

Nathan Soria earned MVP honors for Geneseo last season. However, David Chenoweth has been Geneseo's top guy so far this season, and the senior is looking to push his team further.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.

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