MOLINE -- The Western Big Six cross-country season for boys and girls jumped off to a racing start at the Moline Invitational, with Moline taking home the boys' title and Alleman coming away with the girls' crown.
The boys' race was close, with the top four teams finishing within five points. The top spot came down to a tie-breaker, with Moline narrowly beating out United Township. Quincy finished third, one point ahead of fourth-place Galesburg.
However, you wouldn't have seen Moline coach Tauwon Taylor worrying about results during the race.
"I'm not one to tabulate results during the race," Taylor said after his girls finished second. "During the race, I like to run around and support the team, and I'm not counting points in my head."
Sophomore Jackson McClellan led the Maroons with a time of 16:21. He finished second behind overall winner Fiker Rosen, a freshman from Quincy, who ran a time of 16:04. Two Quincy runners, Jacob Spooner and Noah Fleer, finished third and fifth, respectively, with times of 16:44 and 17:05.
Alleman and Moline ran away with the girls team title, with only three points separating them. Seniors Alexandra Cajigal and Anna Darrow were the Pioneers' top finishers, placing third and fifth, respectively, with times of 19:35 and 20:41.
Quincy came away with the top girls finish as senior Lydia Kurfman had a time of 18:35.