Vandalia junior Ben Strobel placed second at Monday's South Central Conference cross country championships, falling just two seconds short of the win.
Running as an individual, Strobel earned all-conference honors by finishing the race in 16:18.1. He was bested by rival Cory Landon of Carlinville, who finished the race in 16:16.
Strobel will continue his season on Saturday at the Robinson Regional, as he begins his journey toward a second straight appearance at the state meet.
Last season, he finished 78th, with a time of 16:15.