Our team got it's first taste of action this season. We are very young and this early season experience is crucial. We will use performances from this meet to build on throughout the season.- Taylor Tilmon sped her way to an easy victory in the 50m dash. The Senior sprinter looked in midseason form in her first competition of the season.- Kira Knauf competed in the Maximum number of events in her first ever track meet. The versatile junior will help us in both the jumps and the sprints throughout the year.- Madison Kilroy set an Indoor PR and was out near her lifetime best in the Shot Put. The Senior Thrower is doing her first ever indoor season and the early season work is paying off in a big way.- Freshman Lauren Orie advanced to the finals of the High Hurdles in her first ever competition.- Morgan Gillespie led the distance crew as she just missed an indoor best in the 1600m.
The Wheeling Invite provides great competition on a smaller than normal indoor track (150m vs 200m). The odd track always provides fun when counting laps. The girls performed at high level and showed major improvement. The field events had a great start to the day and that set the tone for the rest of the girls.- Noelle Jones WON the Pole Vault in her season debut. - Katelyn Wallace set a PR in the shot put.- Chole Hoffman finished 4th in the High Jump and just missed a PR.- Alex Bryant finished 3rd in the 3200 in her first ever 2 mile race.- Brooke Stromsland set a new PR and took 3rd in the 1600m run in her season debut.- The SMR of Gajda, Gossman, Dudley, and Tilmon won their heat and narrowly placed 3rd overall.
The Hononegah Invite is a big time meet and perfect opportunity for us to see how we stack up against some pretty good teams. This year we placed 4th overall and scored 10 more points than when we finished 5th in 2017. This meet really sets us up for our conference meet next week.- Taylor Tilmon was impressive in completing the sprint triple. The Senior Sprint Queen scored 24 individual points by finishing 2nd in the 55m, 200m, and 400m dashes. Tilmon turned in legendary marks for the programming losing only to the IHSA State Champion from West Aurora. Taylor is already ahead of her breakout junior season.- Olivia Schmitt led the 4x8 contingent including Megan Knuettel, Brooke Stromsland, and Morgan Gillespie to a runner up finish. Schmitt's split was significantly faster than this time last year. The fast start to the season bode's well for the returning All State Sophomore.- Tilmon and Schmitt teamed with Josephine Synovic and Abby Gossman for a 7th place finish in the 4x4.- Chloe Hoffman put up points for the 2nd week in a row in the High Jump with a 7th place finish.- Maddie Mehnert's hard work paid off with a PR in the shot put.- Alex Bryant smashed her 3200 PR by 40 seconds and finished 13th overall.- Noelle Jones took 6th in the Pole Vault, continuing to score big points for the squad.- Brooke Stromsland had the race of the night for the Eagles. The Freshman All State Cross Country runner took 15 seconds off of her personal best as she won the 1600m run! Stromsland showed poise as she executed a tremendous kick off of the final turn to secure the victory. Brooke is ranked as one of the top 5 freshman in the state!
(Date Changed from 03-08-2018) NLCC Indoor Conference
The Girls team had an impressive showing as they took home 7 NLCC titles and set 5 indoor conference records. Overall the team finished in 3rd, just 20 points away from the win. The 4x800 team of Megan Knuettel, Morgan Gillespie, Brooke Stromsland, and Ashley Whitis ran to runner up finishes in the 4x800. Alex Bryant was next on the track; earning a 4th place finish in the 3200m run. Taylor Tilmon won her first of four titles on the night in the 55m dash. The Senior speedster jolted to the win and set a new conference record. Olivia Schmitt took home the title in the 800m run. The sophomore raced like a savvy veteran as she took control of the race at lap 3 and quickly pulled away. The time was a new conference record and indoor season best. Tilmon returned to the track for another conference record in a dominating victory in the 400m dash. Taking a cue from her older teammates, freshman Brooke Stromsland led wire to wire for a commanding victory in the 1600m dash. The performance set yet another conference record for the Eagles. Taylor Tilmon stormed to a 3rd individual win in the 200m just 45 min after winning the 400. The NIU bound sprinter smashed the conference record and narrowly missed the OUTDOOR school record. A motivated Tilmon spent the next 15 minutes warming up with her 4x4 teammates. The 4x4 laid down the final dominating victory for Lakes as all 4 ladies (Noelle Jones, Olivia Schmitt, Josephine Synovic, and Tayor Tilmon) combined to snatch the victory from a determined Grant squad. The effort was less than a second off of the NLCC record. The Eagles also had impressive marks in the Field. Noelle Jones captured her first ever individual title with a lifetime best vault of 10'6". The mark is over the state qualifying bar and sets the Junior up for a tremendous outdoor season. Maddie DeMoss also had a big day as the Junior tied for 6th overall and equaled her PR. Madison Kilroy set another personal best in the shot put and missed All NLCC by 4 inches. Josephine Synovic (tie for 3rd) set a season best and Chloe Hoffman (tie for 6th) just missed her best as both ladies added important points in the High Jump. Overall the Lady Eagles put up 92.33 points on the board. The anticipation for the outdoor season is high after such an impressive showing. The Lady Eagles will certainly be a force to be reckoned with all season.
Our last meet of the indoor season provides wonderful competition at a beautiful facility. Unfortunately many girls were feeling under the weather and we did not field a complete line up. The girls that did compete showed continued improvement. The coaching staff is excited about the team as the Outdoor season nears.- Brooke Stromsland just missed a PR the 1600m run. The Freshman looked calm and collected as she picked herself up from an early fall to take 2nd overall.- The 4x8 of Stromsland, Olivia Schmitt, Morgan Gillespie, and Megan Knuettel once again looked stellar. The quartet finished 2nd overall as they stormed back from an early 7th place position.- A sick Taylor Tilmon found a way to take 6th overall in the 400m dash.- The 4x400 of Schmitt, Stromsland, Rachel Gajda, and Knuettel was 2nd in their heat and finished 7th overall.- Madison Kilroy set a lifetime personal best in the Shot Put.- Ashley Whitis set a new personal best in the 800m run.- Rae Dwyer returned to action for the first time in 9 months. The Junior distance specialist looked tremendous in her first race back.
(Date Changed from 04-09-2018) Tilmon was a double winner in the 100 & 400m dashes. Megan Knuettel finished 2nd in the 400m dash. Natalie Maguire set a new PR and took 2nd in the 1600. Josephine Synovic won the 200m dash. Madison Kilroy and Lexi Davis went 2,3 in the Shot Put. Kilroy came back for 3rd in the Discus. Noelle Jones (1st) & Maddie DeMoss (3rd) scoted big points in the Pole Vault. Rae Dwyer continued her come back with a win in the 800m run. Alex Bryant finished 2nd in the 800 with a 9 sec PR.