An all state performance by Alex Gold paced the Deerfield High School boys’ cross country team to a ninth place finish out of 25 team today in the State Meet in Peoria.
Gold ran a career best 14:53 time over the three-mile course at Peoria’s Detweiller Park to finish 17th out of 210 runners. A senior, Gold finished 35th a year ago in 15:09 as the only Warrior in the State Finals.
"It was his first time under 15 (minutes)," Assistant Coach Kip Gasper said. "It was an incredibly fast field."
This year Gold was joined by Shai Farhi, Jordan Abosch, Bryan Rosenberg, Maor Kramer, Reilly Grant and Max Rich as the Warriors reached the State Meet as a team for the first time in 33 years.
"Everyone had a PR (personal best) except one and he tied his," Gasper said. In addition to Gold Farhi, Abosch, Rosenberg, Grant and Rich recorded their best times ever. Kramer tied his top performance.
Deerfield amassed 269 points putting together its ninth place performance finishing ahead of Dixon with 284 and behind University High School of Normal with 230. Jones High School of Chicago was the team champion with 85 points. John Wold of Glenbard South was the individual winner in 14:16.
Farhi completed the course in 15:09 taking 28th place with Abosch the third best Warrior in 71st with a 15:35 clocking. Rosenberg came in 74th with a time of 15:44 while Kramer completed Deerfield’s scoring with a 125th place finish in 16:01. Grant turned in a 16:47 time and Rich was a second behind his teammate.
The Warriors earned their trip to the State Meet by winning their Regional competition two weeks ago and finishing third in the Sectional Oct. 27. They competed in the 2A division for medium size schools. There are three divisions.