MAHOMET — Elizabeth Sims and the Mahomet-Seymour girls’ cross-country team have high expectations for 2019. In the second meet of the season, they lived up to the hype. Sims finished third at the Charleston Invitational last weekend. Sims blazed Eastern Illinois’ 3-mile course to the tune of 19 minutes, 2.04 seconds.

Sims’ big-time run helped M-S win the eight-team invite. M-S finished with 63 team points. Urbana placed second with 72 points. Mt. Zion checked in at third.

Sims ran well, but she wasn’t alone. Overall, the Bulldogs had eight runners finish in the top 30. That’s pretty impressive considering more than 100 runners competed.

Sophomore Klein Powell placed 10th with a time of 19:58.15. Ella Scott was in 14th place, just under 20 seconds behind Powell. Grace Lietz took home 16th place. Olivia Bunting checked in at 20th.

Emily Bednar (25th), Chloe Allen (26th) and Delaney King (30th) all had strong showings as well.

Shaelin Ruzich and Callie Jansen finished 37th and 38th, respectively.

It was the second-straight meet that the Bulldogs have won.

Looking ahead

M-S competes in the First to Finish Invitational at Peoria’s Detweiller Park at 9 a.m. Saturday. On Sept. 21, M-S will compete in the Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational.