PEORIA – Heading down to Detweiller Park on Saturday, veteran cross country coach Larry Lane thought freshman sensation Daly Galloway had the chance to finish anywhere from seventh through 16th place in her first trip to state.
She did much better than expected in the IHSA Class 1A State Finals.
“Yes she did, and I am awful proud of her. Her race went just the way I would have scripted it,” Lane said. “When she got to that half mile, she was running with the people she should have been with. It’s just the way it was planned. She hit what I was thinking she could do.”
What she could do is put together a race time of 17:30, which equated to a third-place and All-State finish.
“I was thinking seventh the whole time, especially in the class with these girls. Coming out with third place is unbelievable. I’m ecstatic,” Galloway said. “I was so nervous. I was real excited because I got to run with all these great girls. I was both nervous and excited.”
Making matters worse was there was a power outage right before the Class 1A race started, which delayed the start of the event by 28 minutes.
“The delay made me even more nervous,” Galloway said. “Even though I was already warmed up, it added more time to get warmed up. I believe it was a good thing.”
Galloway had run Detweiller during the last regular season race and she said that helped her a lot.
“It helped with the angles and the fastest way to get around the course,” she said. “I’ve studied this course and know all of the angles.”
Which made a difference Saturday.
“After the S-curve, the two PORTA girls (Adrienne Bauer and Maria Bauer) were just ahead of her with the St. Teresa girl (Rachel Devereux) behind her,” Lane said. “That’s when she made a move and got away. It was then all her in the last 250 meters.”
In the first mile, Galloway was a solid fifth before moving up.
“I made up ground in the back at around the one and a half mark. I was going through my head and I was telling myself, ‘You are right there, you can do this’,” she said. “All of the support I had helped. I heard so many people saying ‘Go Daly go’. It really feels unbelievable.”
Class 3A girls
For the last five seasons, the Minooka girls cross country team was dreaming of what it did Saturday. Running at Detweiller Park in the IHSA Class 3A State Finals, the Indians wound up with their best finish – sixth place.
Minooka was led at the front with two freshmen and a sophomore. Ashley Tutt was 26th overall and just missed All-State honors. She ended with a time of 17:40. Fellow freshman Mackenzie Callahan was 56th in 18:06 and sophomore Morgan Crouch 70th in 18:15.
Four seniors rounded out the day of racing for the Indians. Caleigh Beverly was 85th in 18:23; Kaitlyn Chetney 105th in 18:34; Moria McAsey 111th in 18:39; and Haley McNamara 130th in 18:49.
“I’m so excited. This is the best we have even done, obviously. This is amazing,” Beverly said.
“All of our girls did so well. It feels so great to finish my senior year this way. This day is definitely going to go down in Minooka history.”
Class 1A boys
Seneca sophomore cross country runner Ross McCormick was running with the state’s best Saturday morning at Detweiller Park. McCormick finished in 77th place with a time of 16:22.
“It was a beautiful day to race. I thought I ran horrible, though,” McCormick said. “When I was here the last time I ran 15:50. ... It’s disappointing.”
Class 3A boys
Gabe Ceballos of Minooka finished with a time of 16:02, which was good for 162nd place.
“There was a lot of energy in the race today,” Ceballos said. “We got a lot of help from the crowd and the weather was perfect. Everyone was trying their best out there.”