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Weidner, Forbeck pace Sauk at nationals

College cross country

Four local athletes led the Sauk Valley Skyhawks at the NJCAA National Cross Country Meet in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday.

Sophomore Haley Weidner (Bureau Valley) led the Sauk women with a time of 20:58.76 and finished in 93rd place. Kelynn Boyle of Amboy finished in 238th place with a time of 24:06.37.

On the men's side, freshman Dillion Forbeck of Princeton was first for the Skyhawks with a time of 30:25.47 and finished in 287th place.

"It was a beautiful day to run with temperatures in the 50s for the men and in the 60s for the women's race," Sauk coach Nick Hartz said. "The athletes had to deal with the altitude (5,000 feet) for the first time, which was an adjustment, but they ran well for the conditions. I was proud of how they fought out there and ran great races for those conditions. 

"I was proud of all the athletes and how they ran. It made me extremely happy to see them compete at that high of a level and try to do something at the altitude they were not used to. Haley and Nataleigh will be missed a great deal next year. They provided great leadership for the kids and will continue to do things that will make me proud of them in the future."

Nataleigh Nugent, a sophomore from Bureau Valley, was not able to complete the race due to her foot injury.

"She was pretty bummed about it, but I told her that I was proud of her, no matter what. The fact that she made it to the meet with what she dealt with was a huge accomplishment," Hartz said.

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