Lindbergh boys’ cross country squad making some strides in 2011 season

By ROBERT CHALUPNY

The Lindbergh High School boys’ cross country team placed 12th in the Loyola Lakefront XC Invitational last weekend in Chicago.

Flyers head coach Jim Petersen told the Call he was excited about the outcome.

“It was a pretty big-time meet. We took 12th,” Petersen said. “We ran faster than we did last year. It was a faster overall time for the team. They averaged under 17 minutes per guy, which is pretty good. I thought they ran pretty well.”

The Flyers had an overall point score of 317 with a team time of 1:24:42. The first place team, New Trier, had an overall point score of 128 and a total time of 1:21:19.

Tommy Skosky, the Flyers’ top runner this season, placed 25th place out of 352 runners with a time of 16:24 to the lead the team to its 12th overall spot.

Coming in second for the team and 46th overall with a time of 16:45 was Jacob Luciani. Kyle Pieper was third for the Flyers and 60th overall at 16:55.

Lindbergh’s Sam Bankhead finished 106th with a time of 17:26. Spencer Bank-head of Lindbergh placed 130th with a time of 17:37 and Lindbergh’s Jordan Watt came in 135th with a time of 17:42.

Petersen said Skosky has been getting it done all season for the Flyers.

“Skosky’s been our No. 1 runner, our leader,” he said.

Just a few days before the meet, the Flyers took first place in the Hazelwood West Invitational.

Skosky came in fourth overall to lead the team with a time of 16:38.51. Pieper was seventh at 17:00.01, Luciani eighth at 17:03.85, Tyler Gloss 18th at 17:25.92, Sam Bankhead 20th at 17:30.43 and Watt 37th at 18:15.48.

Lindbergh tallied the lowest score of just 57 points and a total team time of 1:25:38 to win the competition.

The Flyers have also had some other successes this season, including placing second in their second meet.

Petersen told the Call in a preseason interview that his goal for the year was to qualify for the state meet. He said that he is still optimistic about that goal.

“We are on track,” Petersen said. “We should be able to win districts.”