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York edges Hinsdale Central in top 2 team dual meet

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DyeStatIL.com   Oct 4th 2013, 1:54am

By Michael Newman



Elmhurst, Ill --- It does not happen that often that the top two teams in the state battle each other in a cross country dual meet. It happened was almost 40 years ago to the day when #2 Riverside-Brookfield edged #1 York 28-29 at Swan Pond Lake Park in Riverside on October 4, 1973. In recent years, it has been a common place. IN 2003, Lyons Township defeated York. In 2010, York defeated #1 Oak Park-River Forest after the Huskies defeated at Richard Spring two weeks prior. Notice that all of these schools come from the tough West Suburban Conference.


Expectations were running high as both teams had set their standards high early in this season. #2 Hinsdale Central easily won the invitational meets that they were in at Hinsdale and then at the First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park. York followed that by easily winning both the Richard Spring Invitational and then the Palatine Invitational last Saturday.


Something had to give.


It did not look bright for Hinsdale Central as they stepped off the bus at East End Park. Coach Jim Westphal disclosed that #1 runner Billy Magnesen had missed the last two weeks due to an IT Band problem.


“It happened the day after the Lyons Township dual two weeks ago,” Westphal said. “He ran one mile that Friday after the meet and suddenly stopped. All of a sudden I saw our season flash before our eyes.”


Magnesen was cleared to run earlier this week by doctors. He wanted to get into the fray Thursday afternoon. “I really wanted to race today. Coach said no,” Magnesen said with a smile.” He will not run on Saturday at Lockport as well. Precaution is for the best for Magnesen and this team.


York wanted to take advantage of the situation and that was evident at the start. Their pack of four (Nathan Mroz, Matt Plowman, Kyle Mattes, and Alex Bashqawi) pushed the pace early going through the half in 2:21 and the mile in 4:52. At the beginning, Hinsdale’s top six runners stayed with the York pack. By the mile, it was only Kevin Huang and Blake Evertsen that was near the lead. A Hinsdale quartet led by Emmett Scully lurked back going past in 4:58. This race was not close to being over. York’s next two runners, Jeff Nosek and Jon May passed by in 5:04.


Huang and Evertsen were not dropping back. In fact, Huang was the one that was forcing the issue of the lead for the next half mile. By the 1 ¾ mile mark, York’s Alex Bashqawi thought it was time to push the pace. “Each time he (Huang) took the lead, he slowed the pace down,” Bashqawi said after the race. “I just decided I needed to go.”


He took off but the other Dukes did not. Mroz, Plowman, and Mattes started to fall off of the pace. Huang and Evertsen had a strong 2-3 as they passed the two mile. However at that point, May had passed all four of the Hinsdale pack. The packs were going back and forth. Calculating the scores was impossible because the changing of the scores was fluid.


Bashqawi came in first running 14:00 for the 2.85 course. Mroz passed Huang in the last quarter for second. Plowman passed Evertsen in fifth, then Mattes in sixth. The next three places were all Hinsdale Central (Emmett Scully, TJ Caveny, and Matt McBrien) as they passed a struggling May in the final 200 meters. The final score: York 23, Hinsdale Central 32. The statement that York wanted to make in this meet was made by Hinsdale Central.


“Kevin Huang ran a great race today,” said Westphal after the race. “I am proud the way our guys ran today.” With Magnesen in the race today, the race and the score would have been much closer and the outcome possibly different.


“Our guys thought that it was going to be a cakewalk today,” said disappointed York assistant coach Jim Hedman. “Hinsdale Central came to our course ready to run. We did not.”


Part of it could have been the last two weeks were York has had a tough 2 weeks of meets. Part of it could have been the press that they had been getting “proclaiming” them the top team in the nation after their 2 invitational wins. “The guys said that the rating that XC Nation gave them did not affect them,” Hedman continued.  “I am pretty sure that it did.” The message that Head Coach Joe Newton and Hedman told the team the rankings now do not matter. It is in November when they will count.


“They (Hinsdale Central) just ran a great race today,” Newton said looking at the results. “We were lucky today just to win.”


Top 15 finishers


1              Bashqawi-York-14:00

2              Mroz-York-14:06

3              Huang-Hinsdale Central-14:09

4              Plowman-York-14:12

5              Evertsen-Hinsdale Central-14:15

6              Mattes-York-14:24

7              Scully-Hinsdale Central-14:40

8              Caveney-Hinsdale Central-14:41

9              McBrien-Hinsdale Central-14:46

10           May-York-14:49

11           Domiano-Hinsdale Central-14:57

12           Nosek-York-15:05

13           Falkenberg-York-15:16

14           Cuyeu-York-15:17

15           Schacht-York-15:21


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