After a nearly-perfect regular season, Nuttall Middle School's girls' cross country team made some history over the weekend.
The Lady Raiders brought home the first IESA team trophy in program history after finishing third at the Class 2A State Finals (Oct. 19), while they also had two girls earn IESA All-State honors for the first time in program history.
Robinson finished the state meet at Maxwell Park in Normal with 165 points, which was well behind state champion Tolono Unity, who won with 50 points. Chicago Latin was the only other team to finish ahead of NMS out of the 27 teams in the field, as they were second with 130 points, while East Peoria Central (170) and Elmhurst Visitation (219) rounded out the top-five.
Leading the way for NMS was Katelyn Jones, who was undefeated on the season going into the race. While she finished in nearly an identical time she did at Sectional with an 11:55, Jones came in seventh overall. Meanwhile, teammate Kylee Weber was not far behind, finishing 11th out of 233 total runners with a time of 12:06.
With those finishes, Jones and Weber both earned All-State honors by finishing in the top-25 at the state race. They became the first two girls to earn All-State in IESA competition for the NMS program. Also, the trophy was the first in IESA competition for the NMS program, but not the first-ever. Prior to joining the IESA, NMS won the girls' cross country state championship in 2000, then was runner-up in each of the next three seasons.
Also scoring for NMS were Ella Tingley in 42nd (12:38), Halle Gower in 44th (12:41) and Taylor Blank in 98th (13:17), while others running were Rylee Young in 148th (13:43) and Sophie Stark in 203rd (14:32).
Individual champion was Bella Domier of Round Lake Park with a time of 11:21.
Robinson's boys' team also competed and finished 12th out of 27 teams with 389 points. Tolono Unity also won the boys' team title with 135 points, just edging out LaGrange Currie, who finished with 136. St. Joseph came in third with 166, while Channahanon (176) and Monticello (201) completed the top-five.
Top finisher for NMS was Austin Wesley, who finished 40th out of 237 total runners with a time of 11:31 on the two-mile course. Cole Weber finished 82nd in 11:53, while Duke Thompson placed 98th in 11:58, Judson Pinkston was 150th in 12:23 and Elijah Robb was 177th in 12:37.
Also running for NMS were Creyton Littlejohn in 228th (13:33) and Ian Gilmore in 235th (13:53).
Individual champion was Isaac Crumrine of Riverton with a time of 1:36.