Regional Champs! Seniors Lead Boys Cross Country Team to Title

Elmwood Park seniors Carlos Sanchez, Tyler Ocampo and Khris Vicencio set the pace for the rest of the field at the Oct. 20 IHSA Class 2A regional meet hosted by EPHS.

From left, Elmwood Park seniors Carlos Sanchez, Tyler Ocampo and Khris Vicencio set the pace for the rest of the field at the Oct. 20 IHSA Class 2A regional meet hosted by EPHS. The trio took first (Sanchez), second (Vicencio) and third (Ocampo) en route to EP's team championship. (District 401 photo by Dave Porreca)


The senior trio of Carlos Sanchez, Khris Vicencio and Tyler Ocampo swept the top three spots on Oct. 20 as the Elmwood Park boys cross country team won its 2018 IHSA Class 2A regional meet at EPHS.

The victory marked the first regional title for the Running Tigers since 2012, when the boys won the team championship and Ricky Wojcik took individual honors.

This time it was Sanchez who claimed the individual title, winning the three-mile race in 16 minutes, 39.9 seconds.

He was followed less than two seconds later by teammate Vicencio, who clocked in at 16:41.8.

Ocampo placed third with a time of 16:42.3 — a mere half second behind Vicencio. After Ocampo, 16 seconds elapsed before the next runner (from Chicago Solorio Academy) crossed the finish line. 

Three other Tigers also placed in the top 10: junior Luis Gomez (seventh), Josh Nava-Brown (ninth) and freshman Uriel Delgado (10th).

See the table below for the Tigers' complete team results.

Elmwood Park led the field with 22 points, followed by Chicago Solorio (35), Chicago Noble/ITW Speer (76), Chicago Noble/Bulls (113) and Chicago Noble/Golder (151).


EPHS Team Results | Class 2A Regional Meet


NAME

CLASS

PLACE

TIME

Carlos Sanchez

Senior

1st

16:39.9

Khris Vicencio

Senior

2nd

16:41.8

Tyler Ocampo

Senior

3rd

16:42.3

Luis Gomez

Junior

7th

17:21.4

Josh Nava-Brown

Junior

9th

17:37.7

Uriel Delgado

Freshman

10

17:38.6

Omar Gomez

Sophomore

20

18:24.6


A Fifth Trip to Peoria in Six Years?


The regional champs will now head to sectionals Saturday, Oct. 27, at Fenton High School in Bensenville. (Click here for directions to Fenton.)

The top five teams at that meet will qualify for the Class 2A state finals to be held Nov. 3 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. In addition, the top seven individual runners from the rest of the field will also advance to state.

The girls sectional race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the boys at 11. 

After falling short of the state finals last year, the boys are aiming to return to Peoria for the fifth time in the last six years. 

The Tigers qualified for state as a team four consecutive times from 2013 to 2016. Their best finish during that span came in 2015, when they placed 20th at state.

Sanchez was a freshman on that squad. A year later, he and Vicencio were sophomore members of the 2016 state-qualifying team. (Click here for IHSA results dating back to 1996.)

The Running Tigers are coached by Mr. Patrick Sheridan. Good luck to all at Fenton!


Photos from the Oct. 20 Boys Regional Meet


The following photos were taken Oct. 20 at the 2018 Class 2A regional meet hosted by EPHS. All photos are by Dave Porreca, District 401 web/media specialist (click images for a larger view).


Boys cross country regional meet

Seniors Carlos Sanchez (46), Khris Vicencio (47) and Tyler Ocampo (44)


Boys cross country regional meet

Carlos Sanchez (46) and Khris Vicencio (47)


Boys cross country regional meet

Freshman Uriel Delgado (36) and sophomore Omar Gomez (number partially obscured)


Boys cross country regional meet

Seniors Carlos Sanchez (46), Tyler Ocampo (44) and Khris Vicencio (47)


Boys cross country regional meet

Junior Luis Gomez (39)


Boys cross country regional meet

Luis Gomez


Boys cross country regional meet

Junior Josh Nava-Brown (42), followed by freshman Uriel Delgado


Boys cross country regional meet

Freshman Uriel Delgado (36, number partially obscured)


Boys cross country regional meet

Sophomore Omar Gomez (40, number partially obscured)


Boys cross country regional meet

Junior Luis Gomez (39)


Boys cross country regional meet

Freshman Uriel Delgado (36) and junior Josh Nava-Brown (42)


Boys cross country regional meet

Sophomore Omar Gomez (40)


Boys cross country regional meet

Individual champion senior Carlos Sanchez (46) leads the field


Boys cross country regional meet

Carlos Sanchez crosses the finish line


Boys cross country regional meet

Senior Khris Vicencio (46) places second, followed by senior Tyler Ocampo (44) in third place


Boys corss country regional meet

Only half a second separates Khris Vincencio (47) and teammate Tyler Ocampo


Boys cross country regional meet

The senior trio immediately after the race


Boys cross country regional meet

Junior Luis Gomez (39) sprints to the finish line


Boys cross country regional meet

Luis Gomez places seventh


Boys cross country regional meet

Junior Josh Nava-Brown (42) places ninth, followed by freshman Uriel Delgado in 10th (36)


Boys cross country regional meet

Sophomore Omar Gomez places 20th


Boys cross country meet

Senior Khris Vicencio (47) after the race


Boys cross country regional meet

Senior Tyler Ocampo (44) and junior Luis Gomez (39) after the race


Boys cross country regional meet

Senior Carlos Sanchez after the race


Boys cross country regional meet

Khris Vicencio (47), Tyler Ocampo (44), junior Luis Gomez (39), head coach Patrick Sheridan


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