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 Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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