Wednesday the Lady Eagles kicked off their season with a quad meet at Fox River Park, finishing a close second to a strong Carmel team, 27 to 33. Olivia Schmidt erased a 20 second deficit to earn the victory in the last 600 meters. Megan Knuettel returned to form as she finished in 5th. Frosh Brooke Stromsland finished 3 seconds behind her in 6th. Simone Lippmann finished 4 seconds later in 7th. Frosh Alex Bryant was the 5th scorer in 14th place. This was a strong start for all three levels.
Wednesday the Lady Eagles competed at the Lake County Invite. The varsity ran very strong and finished 4th of 15 teams. Medalist Olivia Schmidt led the charge with her 6th place finish. Megan Knuettel held on to a strong early pace in 20th. Frosh Brooke Stromsland and Simone Lippmann teamed up and finished in 24th and 26th. Frosh Alex Bryant continued as the final scorer in 36th. The 2 to 5 split was 64 seconds and the 2 to 7 split was 82 seconds.next up is the Crystal Lake South Invite Saturday.
Saturday most of the girls varsity did not race as they gear up for the 9/9 meet in Peoria. The remaining varsity were joined by junior varsity runners, and they placed 14th of 15 teams. Morgan Gillespie and Hannah Grant led the way with their 36th and 41st place finishes, respectively. Jill Zwolinski (86th) continued to make consistent improvements in her rookie season as a senior. Natalie Maguire continued to return to form in 109th as the 4th finisher. Michelle Menconi in 124th was the final scorer. The individual highlight of the day and athlete of the week was frosh Brooke Stromsland. Brooke made a strong move with mile to go to earn a commanding victory in a field of 157 runners. Alex Bryant continued to get stronger as she earned a medal in 15th place.
Tuesday the girls varsity did not race as they gear up for this Saturday’s 9/9 meet in Peoria. The junior varsity lost 19 to 36, but continued to improve and posted some personal records. Ashley Whitis finished in 4th with a season best, out sprinting senior Zill Zwolenski in the final 100 meters. The trio pack of frosh Tegan Baker (8th), Anna Gardner (9th), and JV captain Natalie Maguire (10th) completed the scoring.
Saturday the entire girls team woke up very early to travel over three hours to the giant First to the Finish Invite at historic Detweiller Park in Peoria. The varsity was up first, and the entries allowed were 10, so the top 3 JV runners (Jill Zwolinski (personal record), Ashley Whitis (personal record), and Tegan Baker) could move up with this squad. There were 479 runners, and Lakes finished 7th of 56 teams and had three medalists: Olivia Schmitt (29th), Brooke Stromsland (33rd, personal record) and Simone Lippman (50th). Brooke was the 6th fastest frosh, and Simone edged out another runner by a fraction of a second for the last medal. Alex Bryant continued her consistent improvement by improving over a minute with a personal record in 19:36. Morgan Gillespie moved up to be the 5th finisher for Lakes and final scorer with her personal record which placed her in the 28th percentile, the best finish ever in a big meet for her. The Open race featured the other half of Lakes runners, and this was also a strong team race, finishing 26th of 48 teams. Anna Gardner and JV captain Natalie Maguire teamed up to be the 1 and 2 scorers. Samantha Schild was the third scorer. Frosh Danika Dortch and Brianna Lippmann made their first scoring contributions in their rookie seasons as the 4th and 5th scorers.
Tuesday the JV Eagles were defeated by Antioch 19 to 44 and Round Lake 39 to 26. Ashley Whitis and Jill Zwolinski teamed up to finish 6th and 7th, respectively. JV captain Natalie Maguire was 15th and Danika Dortch was 16th. Samantha Schild was the 5th scorer for the Eagles in 18th place.