Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Rich East’s Dorian Simmons captured a 17th place finish (17 minutes, 56.5 seconds) in the prestigious 51st Annual Riverside-Brookfield Cross Country Invitational Friday at Sundown Meadows Forest Preserve in Countryside. The sophomore team captain earned his first Top 20 medal at an invitational this season.
The three-mile course was on a very hilly terrain and dusty trail that made it perfect for a cross country meet. Teammates Kirk Marshall, Terrance Brinson-Thompson, Demetrius Hendricks and Jon-Trel Collins also had PRs for the young season. The Rockets finished 8th of 11 scoring teams, runners from 14 different schools ran the race. Two freshman, Denzel Cooks and twin brother Dakhota Cooks, ran their first race of the season on the varsity level with respectable finishes.
Riverside-Brookfield won the meet with Northside Prep finishing second. Charlie Labuz of St. Pat’s won the race with a blazing time of 16:28.9.
On the girls side, the Rockets’ freshman Joniah Jones finished 34th with a PR time of 23:07.1. Jazzmen Allen wasn’t far behind with a 23:33.9. Cheyenne Adams, Dominique Hendricks and Jasmine Washington also had respectable runs for the Rocket varsity harriers. The Rockets placed 9th of nine scoring teams, 15 different schools sent runners to the race. Charlotte Walsh of Nazareth Academy won the girls race with a time of 19:57.5.
On the junior varsity level, the Rockets Jade Farley was 38th with a respectable 29:13.3. Teammates Jade Williams, Khadijah Shaaf, Myriah Pair and Indie Wesley also had PR runs. Rich South’s sophomore twins Deasia Garrett (20:45.4) and Cierra Garret (20:46.9) were 1-2 in the JV race. The Rockets placed seventh of seven scoring teams and 15 different schools sent runners to the race.