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.
Saturday at the Minooka Invite the Eagles stayed patient with the warm weather and continued to improve. The frosh soph squad earned 9th place of 16 teams. In the flighted races, all 7 varsity runners ran solid races, finishing from through 9th places of 16 runners in each of their respective races. Julienne Parreno continued her improvement with a strong showing in the Open race.
Saturday at the Grant Invite was a toughness check for the Eagles. The girls frosh soph team earned a second place. Medalists for the girls frosh soph were Tegan Baker (6th) and Ashley Whitis (7th) of 68 runners. Danika Dorch, Brianna Lippmann were the 3rd and 4th scorers. Anna Polak scored her first team points in the fifth scoring position as she finished in 27th. Michelle Menconi earned 5th place of 44 runners in the Open Race. Hannah Grant (27th of 84 runners) had a seasonal breakout race in the Girls Varsity race.
Saturday 9/30 the Lakes Eagles competed at the Peoria HS Invite. The girl ‚ „ s varsity team earned 11th place in a field of 31 teams and 288 runners. The Eagles ran this course three weeks ago and Saturday many runners improved their times. Frosh medalist Brooke Stromsland was 11th place individual and dropped her time by 30 seconds. Her personal record time of 18:20 ranks her as the #5 FR in Class AA and #3 FR in Lakes history! The second scorer was Simone Lippmann, nearly equaling a seasonal personal record. The third scorer was Megan Knuettel who dropped her time by a minute. The fourth scorer was Morgan Gillespie, who dropped her time by 40 seconds in a personal record. The fifth scorer was Hannah Grant who dropped her time by 41 seconds and almost earned a personal record.
The girls JV competed against Grayslake Central on their home course. Ashley Whitis and Tegan Baker led the way with their 6th and 7th places finishes, respectively. Danika Dortch was next into the chute for the Eagles with her 17th place run. Next was JV captain Natalie Maguire in 18th. The fifth and final scorer was Kayla Dieringer in 19th place.
Saturday the Lakes Eagles competed at the Wheeling Invite. The girl ƒ €š €ž s sophomore team earned 4th place in a field of 13 teams and 161 runners. Frosh medalist Alex Bryant took charge early in the race and basically ran wire to wire in a seasonal breakout race and set a new course record! The second scorer was medalist Tegan Baker in 7th. The third scorer was medalist Ashley Whitis in 10th. The fourth scorer was Danika Dortch in 33rd. The fifth scorer was Breanna Lippmann in 37th.
Saturday was one for the record books. The Girls Varsity took home their first ever NLCC Championship!! Brooke Stromslandled the way as she battled state caliber runners Fatima Giron and Eva Cardy. The Lakes Freshman took 2nd overall in a new personal best! Also finishing in the top 10 were Juniors Simone Lippmann and Megan Knuettel. Freshman Alex Bryant and Junior Morgan Gillespie were also in the top 15, helping to give the Eagles a 12 point victory. Earning All Conference honors were Stromsland (2), Lippmann (9), Knuettel (10), Bryant (14), Gillespie (15), and Hannah Grant (20). In the JV race, Tegan Baker led wire to wire to take the victory in a new personal best! The soggy, sloppy course did not deter the lady eagles as 9 runners earned personal bests: Stromsland, Baker, Danica Dortch, Anna Polak, Kayla Deringer, Saoirse Boyd, Lauren Orie, Jocelyn Rodriguez, and Julienne Parreno.
The Girls JV team took 2nd at Prospect with 6 individual medalists. Ashley Whitis led the team with a top 10 finish. Danika Dortch, Breanna Lippmann, Natalie Maguire, Kayla Deringer, and Michelle Menconi also took home awards with top 30 finishes.
The post season began this week with the IHSA Regional Championships at Fox River Park. Both the Boys and Girls teams advanced to the Sectional Championships next week in Kaneland. The Girls finished second as they defeated Carmel and lost only to #3 Vernon Hills. Brooke Stromsland led the way with a 2nd place, All Region finish. Alex Bryant was next in the chute, followed by Simone Lippmann, Megan Knuettel, and Morgan Gillespie. Rounding out the varsity team were Hannah Grant and Tegan Baker.
Saturday the Lady Eagles were not to be denied in their quest to qualify for the state finals as a team in one of the top sectionals in the state. Despite overcast, cold, windy, and soggy course conditions as they soared to a 4th place finish. This earned them a trip downstate for the first time since 2008. Since that time the girls team has just missed qualifying each year. Freshman Brooke Stromsland led the charge as she chased the lead pack to a 7th place, personal record, and All Sectional finish. All State 800m Olivia Schmitt returned to the lineup and returned to form as she almost equalled a seasonal record in 23rd. Next into the chute was Alex Bryant in 41st. Bryant has continued her rise as an emerging running star, especially in the postseason. Megan Knuettel returned to form as she posted a seasonal record in 50th place. The final scorer for the Eagles was Simone Lippmann with a seasonal record and 53rd place finish. Morgan Gillespie and Hannah Grant continued to be consistent with their 70th and 90th place finishes, respectively.