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Spartans finish in top 3, Rockets in 4th at IPC meet

Spartan distance runner Brandon Mattsey
SJO's Brandon Mattsey runs during the 2019 IHSA state cross country meet. The senior, who finished 4th overall, led the Spartans to a third-place finish at this year's Illini Prairie Conference meet on Saturday.

(Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Brandon Mattsey, Charlie Mabry and Carson Maroon completed their run within 18 seconds of each other for 21 team points at the 2020 Illini Prairie Conference Meet on Saturday. The combined effort secured the St. Joseph-Ogden boys cross country squad a third place finish on Saturday.

Twenty-five seconds off his personal best in the 3-mile race, Mattsey was the first Spartan to cross the finish line at 16:07.43. His fourth place finish coupled with Mabry coming in 8th place and Maroon in 9th less than three seconds apart provided a commanding lead over the rest of the field in the team competition.

Connor O'Donnell led Unity's first three runners over the line stopping the clock at 16:29.35 and was the 10th finisher in the varsity race. Teammates Jarrett Cox then finished three seconds later in 11th place and Benjamin Gravel ended his run on the course in 16th place at 16:54.41.

The trio along with Nolan Miller and Thomas Cler secured the Rockets fourth place finish with 96 points.

SJO tallied 60 points to finish third behind Monticello's 44 points and the newly crowned IPC champs of 2020, Olympia with 39 points.

Illini Prairie Conference meet results:

4Brandon MattseySJO16:07.43
8Charlie MabrySJO16:22.22
9Carson MaroonSJO16:25.25
10Connor O'DonnellUnity16:29.35
11Jarrett CoxUnity16:32.92
16Benjamin GravelUnity16:54.41
19Elijah MockSJO17:08.02
20Luke StegallSJO17:08.73
22Logan WolfersbergerSJO17:16.19
28Nolan MillerUnity17:40.45
31Thomas ClerUnity17:48.72
44Spencer WilsonSJO18:23.18
46Clayton JamisonUnity18:46.65
50Bryson DennyUnity19:33.67

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