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Gardner noted he’d been sick for a while, one of several elite runners under the weather on Saturday, Nov. 4. Given that, 15:19, which placed him 76th in the field of 210, was an achievement. In a race that traditionally favors seniors and juniors, Gardner was the sixth-best sophomore. No freshmen were faster. “I was sick the last couple of weeks and I was trying to fight it off,” Gardner said. “I could barely breathe. “I tried to go out hard and just hold on. I went out really fast because I went out hard from the jump. I was kind of surprised. We were all together for about a mile.” Gardner was in the middle of a pack back dedicated to chasing eventual champion Danny Kilrea of Lyons Township, who won in 14:08. Eventually that pack strung out. “I just didn’t have enough left to place well or run fast,” Gardner said of the second half of his race. “Nothing I can do about it, just come back next week at NXR (an invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.) and try to redeem myself.” Gardner was about eight seconds off his career best time of 15:10.83, posted the week before on the quicker Granite City course, which was dry and includes a strip of asphalt. Detweiller’s famed circuit was wet, soft and muddy, especially on the turns. “I’m happy I made it down here,” Gardner said. “Another experience. More motivation for next year. Like sectionals (as a team), this year wasn’t our year. We’ll have to come here next year. “Run harder over the winter, over the summer, and just come back stronger.” Sounds like a plan. Lincoln-Way East's Brett Gardner (center) labors at the end of the first lap Saturday, Nov. 4, in the 3A championship in Peoria. Tim Cronin/22nd Century Media This Week In Griffins Varsity Athletics Football ■Nov. ■ 11 – hosts Oswego at IHSA Quarterfinals, 6 p.m. Girls swimming and diving ■Nov. ■ 11 – at IHSA Sectionals, TBA Boys bowling ■Nov. ■ 14 – hosts Thornridge, 4:30 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 16 – at Andrew, 4:30 p.m. Girls basketball ■Nov. ■ 15 – at Marist RedHawk Thanksgiving Classic, 4:45 p.m. ■Nov. ■ 16 – at Marist RedHawk Thanksgiving Classic, TBA Athlete of the week 10 Questions with Claire Stec Claire Stec is a senior on the Lincoln-Way East tennis team. How long have you been playing tennis, and how did you get started? I started playing tennis this summer, going from freshman year, and I really liked it and never stopped. And I got started because at the time I was playing basketball and I really wanted to have another sport. So, I decided to try out for tennis. What do you enjoy most about the sport? My favorite thing about the sport is getting to play with some of my best friends. I tried out with my best friends and met a lot of new people along the way, especially after North closed. I get to meet all the new East people. What was it like getting to compete at state this year? It was pretty stressful, but I was just really excited that my partner and I qualified. Our first match was really tough ... and even though we lost, I was really excited. I thought we played really well, so I was okay with it. What are your thoughts on how the season went overall? It was a big transition for me because I went from JV Photo submitted to varsity, and there was so much talent, so it was pretty difficult. But overall, as the season went on, I got really used to it, and my partner and I, we started to work really well together. It was just really fun. Do you plan to continue playing tennis after high school? I would like to play an intramural in college and just play for fun, but I wouldn't do it really seriously. What are your strengths as an athlete? I would say my ability to adapt. In a tough situation, I sit down, and breathe and calm down, and I can adapt to the tough situation, and I just work hard and work through it. Do you have a favorite memory of playing for the Griffins? My favorite memory was my state qualifying match against Lincoln-Way Central for doubles. We lost the first set, so it was really exciting when we came back and won and qualified for state. Who is your role model? My role model is probably my off-season coach, Cindy Heidkamp, because she's been with me along my entire tennis journey, and she always gives me great advice and helps me overcome my challenges. Are you involved in other activities or sports outside of tennis? My freshman and sophomore year, I played basketball, but then I stopped so I could focus more on tennis. I'm also in National Honor Society, Pi Sigma Pi, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club. I was in Mathletes but I'm not this year. I was every other year, though. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why? I would like to live by the ocean. Maybe in California, because I love the beach and I love the hot weather and I wish it was summer all year long. Interview by Editor Nuria Mathog