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.


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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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