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.
Congrats runners at Prospect Invite!Trophy winners: Boys Frosh Soph: Gavin Murrie (24th), Ben Schneiderheinze (28th)Girls Varsity: Grant (24th), Kayla Dieringer (34th)Boys Varsity: Jay Patel (19th), Tim Smith (21st), Sean Humpa (22nd) Aidan Gillespie (28th)
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.
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.