Baldonado punches ticket to state
OREGON — After missing out on a trip downstate in the IHSA 1A cross country meet by one place last year, Hall High School’s Al Baldonado made sure there was a comfortable buffer between him and the make it or break it bubble.
The Red Devil junior placed fifth with a time of 16 minutes, 12 second on the 3-mile Park West course in Oregon. T.J. Pitcock of Byron, who like Baldonado ran 16:42 last year at the sectional, took first at 16:01.
“When the race started, I got packed in at about 30th place,” Baldonado said. “I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to break away and get separation.”
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