Wednesday the Eagles got their season off to a strong start in the Lake County Championship held at Waukegan Sports Park. The 3rd in state ranked varsity squad rose to the occasion in their 3rd place finish to a strong Libertyville team and state ranked Vernon Hills. Brooke Stromsland and Olivia Schmitt were medalists and All-County in second and 14th places, respectively. Next into the chute was an ever improving Alex Bryant, who had slid into the third scoring spot on this year €™s team. Megan Knuettel, Simone Lippmann, and senior captain Rae Dwyer followed closely and finished in 24th, 28th, and 31st places, respectively. The junior varsity team was led by Ashley Whitis with her 17th place performance. Tegan Baker was 28th. Next into the chute were first time high school 3 mile finishers and freshman Sophia Goodale, Gretchen Good, and Sarah Lucier. Kayla Dieringer picked up where she left off her frosh year with a one minute improvement compared to last year €™s time. Other first time 3 mile racers were Chloe Hoffman, Josephine Synovic, and Tiaunna Dudley. Jocelyn Rodiguez improved her finish percentile rank by an incredible 28% compared to last year €™s performance.
Tuesday was a scorcher at Central Park in Grayslake. This did not deter multiple athletes from improving. Morgan Gillespie led the way in 8th. Ashley Whitis was 19th, Sophia Goodale was 20th, Gretchen Good was 23rd, and Kayla Dieringer rounded out the scoring in 26th. Amber Campbell completed her first three mile race.
Saturday the team travelled to Detweiller Park, Peoria for a massive 60 plus team meet that featured over 300 runners in the AA race and over 800 runners in the Open Race. This race was marked by most of the team earning seasonal personal records.The varsity finished in 6th place, and was led by champion Brooke Stromsland with a thundering last 400 meters. Alex Bryant and Olivia Schmitt were medalists in 40th and 41st places, respectively. Next into the chute was Rae Dwyer and then Meghan Knuettel to round out the scoring. The Open team was led by frosh Sarah Lucier. This squad featured a mass of Eagles working together for a common goal: help each other through the race through teamwork. Six runners finished at 24:01 or below (Lucier, Good, Dieringer, Baker, Synovic, and Hoffman, in order of finish). Saorise Boyd and Kayla Dieringer improved their times by over a minute compared to last year €™s finish. Jocelyn Rodriguez improved by four minutes, 30 seconds.
On Tuesday the girls team lost to Round Lake, 31 to 24. Top scorers for the Eagles were Ashley Whitis (5th), Sophia Goodale (7th), Gretchen Good (8th), Kayla Dieringer (9th), and Tiaunna Dudley (11th).
On Saturday we traveled to Minooka for the annual Flight Invite. This meet is a wonderful celebration of Cross Country. A rigorous training week, high temps, and great competition made for a challenging day. We still had runners shine through adversity. Brooke Stromsland once again led the way for the girls. The sophomore hung tough with some of the top ladies in the state, staying in the top 3 until 800 to go. Batavia's Schlenker made a move with 800 to go that only Brooke was able to stay close to. Brooke took a well earned 2nd to the currently ranked second fastest girl in the state! Rae Dwyer and Simone Lippmann both hung tough to finish in the top 10 of their flights. In the F/S race, Kayla Dieringer and Gretchen Good both had great races and continue to show tremendous growth.
The Grant Invite gave us a great opportunity to compete locally against many teams that we will see in our Regional or Sectional. In addition, the course is very spectator friendly and they give out great awards. Conditions were amazing and our athletes took full advantage of the opportunity. The F/S Girls had a great day as the squad rolled to a 2nd place finish. Gretchen Good (9th) and Kayla Dieringer (10th) gave us a presence in the top 10. Sarah Lucier closed hard to take 12th with a new PR. Tiaunna Dudley (20th) and Danika Dortch (27th) closed the scoring for the eagles.We had a lot of success on the varsity level as well. Olivia Schmitt and Rae Dwyer both earned medals for the girls. Schmitt passed 6 girls in the last 400m to finish 8th and Dwyer put together her best race of the year to finish in 19th.A thank you goes out to Bella Pomon and Maddie Mehnert for lacing up and racing this weekend. Both ladies have helped us on the managerial side of things, but it was great to see them out on the course competing and working hard. Proud of them for giving it their all.
9/25 vs Antioch, North ChicagoMonday the Eagles competed in a triangular meet. They finished second to Antioch by a score of 41 to 18. Top scorers for the Eagles were Ashley Whitis (5th), Kayla Dieringer (25:09), Sarah Lucier (7th), Gretchen Good (9th), and Danika Dortch (14th). 9/29:Saturday at Fox River Park, on our most challenging course, the Eagles stepped up with our best races this season. The JV Girls got the action started with Ashley Whitis once again leading the way. The junior ran a smart race, moving up all race to secure a 15th place finish. Behind her a group of freshmen and a sophomore continued to show tremendous growth. Sarah Lucier, Gretchen Good, Kayla Dieringer, and Sophia Goodale all finished in the top 30 and within 30 seconds of each other!
Saturday the girls varsity competed in the Peoria HS Invite. In a field of 33 teams, the Varsity girls used a smooth and relaxed start to finish in 3rd place! Brooke Stromsland set a new PR and broke her own SCHOOL RECORD as she narrowly finished in 2nd! Olivia Schmitt's controlled start produced a furious finish from the Junior as she finished 24th in a season best. Alex Bryant closed hard to set a new PR and was followed closely by Rae Dwyer. Dwyer's time was a season best by almost a minute! Simone Lippmann closed our scoring in 77th with a season best. Morgan Gillespie & Hannah Grant finished as our 6th and 7th with both earning season bests! Brooke Stromsland and Alex Bryant earned personal bests this weekend. Brooke also broke her own school record!!
Monday the Eagles travelled to Cook Park in Wauconda to compete in a triangular meet. The meet was scored as a double dual, and the Eagles lost to Grant 44 to 19, and lost to Wauconda 35 to 22. Brooke Stromsland (2nd), Olivia Schmitt (13th), Alex Bryant (14th), Rae Dwyer (17th), Simone Lippmann (19th) were the five scorers. Season Bests were earned by Gretchen Good, Kayla Dieringer, Sophia Goodale, Sarah Lucier, Danika Dortch, Lauren Orie, & Meghan Goossen.
Brooke Stromsland led the Girls Varsity to a tie for 2nd. Stromsland battled all day long in the top 3 and was narrowly edged by Round Lake's Giron in the last half mile. Olivia Schmitt (12) & Alex Bryant (16) also earned All NLCC honors on the day. Rae Dwyer and Simone Lippmann closed the scoring for the Eagles with Megan Knuettel winning the 2nd place tie breaker. In the Girls JV, Hannah Grant gave the team a low stick with her 5th place finish. Behind her a convocation of Eagles raced together for all 3 miles. Kayla Dieringer, Gretchen Good, Ashley Whitis, Sophia Goodale, and Sarah Lucier all earned top 15 finishes. In the Open, both Boys and Girls squads finished in 2nd. Tiaunna Dudley led the way for the Girls with a 10th place finish.
Monday evening the Lady Eagles JV travelled to Prospect High School for the Prospect Invitational. The Eagles, led by Senior Hannah Grant with her 24th place finish, finished 6th as a team in a tough team field. Medalists were Kayla Dieringer (34th), Gretchen Good (45th), and Sarah Lucier (56th). Danika Dortch was the 5th scorer (73rd).
Saturday at the IHSA Regional hosted by Antioch HS and held at Fox River Park, the Lady Eagles edged out Grayslake Central and Carmel to finish second. They were led by Regional Champion Brooke Stromsland and 7th place finisher Olivia Schmitt, who narrowly missed All Region honors. Senior Captain Rae Dwyer finished 26th, Senior Simone Lippmann finished in 30th, and Senior Morgan Gillespie finished in 31st. Next up for the Eagles is the Sectional Championship.
Saturday the Eagles raced at a tough and partially muddy Emricson Park, Woodstock for the IHSA Sectional Championship and the chance to earn a trip downstate. The Eagles raced tough and went all in. They missed qualifying by 24 points and finished in 7th place of 18 teams. Brooke Stromsland won the sectional title in 17:15, which equalled her state time from 2017. Olivia Schmitt narrowly missed qualifying as an individual with her 17th place effort. She was the 8th individual finisher, and unfortunately only 7 individuals qualify. Alex Bryant was the third finisher in 61st, Rae Dwyer was the fourth finisher in 66th, and Simone Lippmann was the 5th finisher in 68th.