Area coaches met in Pinckneyville on Nov. 30 for the annual Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-South cross country meeting and Steeleville earned three selections.
Sophomores Mel Mulholland and Gavin Conway, along with seniors Dusty Sutton and Taylor Creamer, were chosen from the Warriors" squads this season.
Mulholland and Conway helped the Steeleville boys return to the IHSA Class 1A state meet at Peoria"s Detweiller park, where the Warriors finished 20th as a team. Mulholland took 71st overall with a time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds, while Conway finished 74th with a time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds.
Sutton was Steeleville"s third finisher, crossing the finish line in 112th place with a time of 17 minutes, 10 seconds.
Creamer advanced to the Class 1A Edwardsville Sectional as an individual after placing 12th overall with a time of 21:27 at the Chester Regional. She missed advancing to state by a couple of places at the Edwardsville Sectional.
"I think the program will benefit from that," said Steeleville coach Neal Haertling of the All-South selections. "A lot of kids will see it and work harder next year.
"I think it"s good for Steeleville and the kids."
Haertling noted that both Fedderkes - Hunter and Jacob - were close to earning an All-South nod as well.
"Jacob will be back next year and hopefully he will get All-South," Haertling said. "Dusty is a senior and we"ll miss him. He was All-South two years ago."
Haertling also has high hopes for junior Taylor Dagner, who also advanced to the Edwardsville Sectional after finishing 15th (21:48) at the Chester Regional.
"Taylor Dagner was running real well at the end of the year," Haertling said. "She tweaked her leg, so she"ll be back next year.
"We could have a good turnout next year. We"re looking forward to our season."