WSC Gold Meet Recap

WSC Gold Division Meet Recap

Saturday was a Great Day to be a Mustang! The WSC Gold Conference meet was held at a brand-new location (Harvester Park in Burr Ridge) but the result was same as it’s been for the last 20 years…a win for DGS. The weather was perfect for racing and Hinsdale South’s new 3-mile course, although wet in some places, was mostly flat and fast. Our girls ran great, showing how the consistency of all those miles from June to October can pay off. From the beginning of the summer and all through the season, we talk about running our best races when they are needed the most in October and November. That certainly happened yesterday.

The DGS freshmen set the tone early, winning the first race of the afternoon with only 21 points (Leyden was 2nd with 45 points). Renee Kowalski led from start to finish, winning the race and establishing the course record time of 19:58. Sara Homberg came in 25 seconds later in 2nd place. Peyton Horazy, Madolyn Werner, and Emma Lopez secured the DGS win by all placing among the top 8 finishers. Personal Records were the story of the day for our freshmen as 9 of the 14 Mustangs in the race ran lifetime best times. Several girls lowered their best time by 25 seconds or more, including Isabel Bowditch-29 sec, Peyton Horazy-30 sec, Emma Lopez-35 sec, Christine Balcom-50 sec, Ava Nichols-70 sec, and Mariah Peterson-104 sec. I’m very excited to see how much this group can continue to improve over the next 3 years. There is a lot of talent in this freshmen group and that doesn’t even count the four freshmen who ran up in the sophomore, JV, and varsity races. The future of Mustang cross country is in good hands!

As much as the freshmen dominated the competition, our girls in the sophomore race took it to a whole other level. The long blue line of Mustangs looked impressive as DGS took the first 9 finishing places of the race, easily scoring a perfect 15 points to win. Sophia McNerney (Fr) took the lead about 50 meters into the race and never looked back. Sophia has been training with the varsity group all season long and it showed as she won the race by more than 35 seconds. Her finish time of 19:22 also broke the course record set earlier by Renee Kowalski. Gretchen Scheck (Fr) had huge PR of 33 seconds and finished 2nd. She was followed by her sister, Maya Scheck (So), who finished 4th. Renee Nicholson (So) continued the march of Mustangs into the chute with her 5th place finish. Meghan Stapleton (So) finished 6th, Olivia Meyer (So), finished 7th, Saskia Krebbers (So) finished 8th, and Kailey Ferguson (So) finished 9th.

The varsity race was the only limited entry race of the day as we were only allowed to run 7 girls. It will stay this way the remainder of the season. Over the course of the summer and our season we have had a group of 10-15 girls training together and pushing each other to become better. This is probably the most talented and deep varsity group in DGS history and they have pushed each other to work harder all season long. While this is great for the team, it can create challenging situations for the girls individually when difficult decisions need to be made. I’m extremely proud that throughout all of this, the girls have supported each other no matter what.

All of that being said, our varsity had an amazing conference race, scoring 15 points and winning our 20th straight conference championship! Brenna Cohoon (Jr) keeps looking stronger and stronger each of the past few weeks. Brenna took the lead shortly after the gun went off, pushed hard for all 3 miles, and took the win for the 2nd year in a row. Her finishing time of 17:05 was a PR, a new school record, and broke the Harvester Park course record set by Sophia McNerney only an hour earlier. Both Melissa Weidner (Sr) and Erin Reidy (Jr) started off together not far behind Brenna. Melissa, who had been slowed down from being sick the past couple of weeks, seemed restored to full health as she pulled ahead of Erin during the 2nd mile and finished in 2nd place with a PR time of 17:33. Erin, who has been battling some minor injuries of her own, finished in 3rd place with a solid time of 17:55. Together, Melissa and Erin give us a great 2-3 punch and the opportunity to have three All-State athletes in a few weeks. Following them was our outstanding pack of 4 runners, Rebecca Diddia (So), Becky Versaskas (Sr), Kennedy Warden (Jr), and Alex Spang (Fr). On any given day, any one of them could lead this group into the finish chute. On Saturday, it was Rebecca that finished in 4th place in a PR time of 18:04, followed by Becky in 18:07 (5th), Kennedy in 18:09 (6th), and Alex (7th) with a new PR of 18:11. The pack is what makes our team so tough! This was only the 2nd time in DGS history that our team finished 1st through 7th individually at the conference meet.

The JV race was the final display of Mustang domination. For the 3rd race in a row, DGS scored a perfect 15 points to easily win the team title. Olivia Duax (Sr) and Kelsey Casella (Fr) took off at a torrid pace together through the first mile. Olivia created some separation during the second mile and ran a fantastic 18:30 time as she won the race. Kelsey came in soon after her in 18:47. Outside of Naperville North (ranked #1 in the state and top 5 in the nation), I guarantee that no other school in Illinois had two girls run that fast in a JV conference race. Both girls have run among our varsity top 10 all season long and will continue to challenge them as we enter the state series. Allison Calek (Sr) got stuck running much of the race all by herself in 3rd place, but still finished strong in 19:50. Julie LaLonde (Sr) and Michelle Kurcina (Sr) capped off the DGS scoring by placing 4th and 5th places in 20:13 and 20:26. Several other girls ran huge PR’s in the JV race, including Sydney Gaspari (Jr)-31 sec, Grace Schultheis (Jr)-84 sec, Gillian Musial (Jr)-49 sec, Maddie Fross (Sr)-38 sec, and Sami Contreras (Sr)-53 sec. It was a long wait for all of these girls to run in the last race of the day, but it was well worth the wait.

In the end, we won all four races, had all 4 individual champions, had 34 individual medalists, had 20 girls with lifetime PR’s, plus a course and school record performance. Overall, it was a pretty good day! Full results from the meet can be found on the Athletic.net website. Pictures from the meet can be found on the Pictures/Video page.

Next up for us is the IHSA Regional meet on Saturday, October 20th. It will be held at Katherine Legge Memorial Park in Hinsdale. We will be looking to win our 3rd Regional title in a row. The main competition will come from Lyons Township who won the WSC Silver conference title on Saturday. Our two teams are ranked #3 and #4 in the state and it should be a good battle next weekend.

 

Benet Invite Results

The DGS girls cross country team traveled to Lisle Community Park to compete in the Benet Invite on Saturday, October 6th. It was a rainy morning, but the weather broke long enough to get all of the races in. While the DGS varsity top 7 did not compete, the remaining Mustangs had a really good day on wet & muddy 3 mile course. The Frosh-Soph team started the day off with a narrow victory over the host Benet Academy team 31-36 in the 10 team invitational. Lincoln-Way East was 3rd with 67 points. Sara Homberg (Fr) led the Mustangs with her individual 2nd place finish. Gretchen Scheck (Fr) followed closely behind in 3rd place, while Ria Patel (So) and Maya Scheck (So) finished in 7th and 8th place respectively. Renee Nicholson (So) was the 5th scoring runner for DGS, finishing in 11th place. Renee Kowalski (Fr) and Madison Wies (So) rounded out the team with 15th and 22nd place finishes in the 60 person race.

In the varsity race, DGS finished 2nd out of 12 teams while running only 5 girls. Benet Academy, ranked among the top 25 in the state, won the varsity team title. Sophia McNerney (Fr), Olivia Duax (Sr), and Kelsey Casella (Fr) all finished closely together in 5th, 6th, and 7th places to lead the small Mustang contingent. Allison Calek (Sr) was 25th and Michelle Kurcina (Sr) finished in 34th to round out the DGS scoring among the 83 varsity runners.

With the threat of a thunderstorm coming, meet officials chose to combine the JV boys and JV girls into one race. It made for a more crowded course, but the DGS girls held their own in a field of more than 350 total runners and almost 200 girls. Team-wise, the Mustangs once again finished 2nd to the host team from Benet Academy. But Julie LaLonde (Sr) stood out winning the 3.0 mile girls race! Julie took the lead for good with about 400m to go and held off a late charge by a Benet girl. Meghan Stapleton (So) finished in 6th place, while Olivia Meyer (So) and Peyton Horazy (Fr) finished in 12th and 13th place respectively. Emma Lopez (Fr) was the final Mustang scorer in 19th place. Teagan Halik (Sr) and Madolyn Werner (Fr) finished in 22nd and 27yth places for the Mustangs.

Individual results from the meet can be found on the Schedule/Results page. Pictures from the meet can be found on the Pictures/Video page. DGS will conclude the regular season next Saturday with the WSC Gold Conference Championship meet at Harvester Park in Burr Ridge. Races will begin at 1:30pm.

Mustangs 3rd at Twilight Invite!

The DGS girls cross country team traveled to Naperville North on Wednesday for the 2nd time this season to compete in the Twilight Invite. This meet is highlighted on our schedule due to the level of competition and the electric atmosphere of the race environment. There were 17 girls teams racing that included 8 of the top 11 ranked teams in Illinois. It marked the 3rd time this season (and the 2nd time in 5 days) that DGS has faced off against both Naperville North and Yorkville (ranked #1 and #2 in Illinois).  The Mustangs held their own in the loaded field, placing 3rd overall. The host Naperville North took first with 70 points, Yorkville was 2nd with 80 points, and DGS was third with 103 points. Minooka was the next closest team in 4th place with 146 points. At the Roy Griak Invite this past weekend, the score was YHS-104, NN-113, DGS-170. So, in terms of closing the gap on those teams, this was a step in the right direction. Brenna Cohoon (Sr) led the Mustangs with her 4th place finish over an outstanding field of competition. Erin Riedy (Jr) placed 18th out of 139 runners and she was followed by a large pack of DGS runners. Alex Spang (Fr) finished in 26th followed closely by Becky Versaskas (Sr) in 27th, Rebecca Diddia (So) in 28th, and Melissa Weidner (Sr) in 29th. Kennedy Warden (Jr) was the 7th DGS finisher in 31st place.

Allison Calek (Sr) was the top DGS finisher in the JV race by finishing 12th out of 132 runners. Sophia McNerney (Fr) was the first Mustang in the chute in the F/S race in 6th place. And Maddie Duitsman (So) finished in 13th place in the Open race to lead the Mustangs.

The Mustangs compete this Saturday at the Benet Invite and at the WSC Gold Conference championship the following Saturday.

 

Mustangs 3rd at Roy Griak Invite!

The DGS girls cross country team traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to compete in the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational meet this weekend. The Mustangs came home with the 3rd place trophy among a loaded field of 49 teams including several nationally ranked squads. Teams traveled from as far away as California and Georgia to compete against the best of the Midwest. It was a great display of the talent from the state of Illinois as Yorkville, Naperville North, and Downers Grove South finished in the top 3 places. Yorkville scored 104, Naperville North scored 113, and DGS scored 170 to all finish ahead of the nations #1 ranked team, Wayzata, MN (185 points). All three Illinois teams are ranked among the top 25 in the country and will likely improve on those rankings after this race. All three will face off again this coming Wednesday at the Naperville Twilight Invite where 8 of the top 10 teams in Illinois will battle it out.

The 5K course at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minnesota is a challenging, hilly course that does not give up very many fast times. And while conditions were excellent on Saturday, its tough to compare finishing times to any other course. As it should be with cross country, it’s all about places and DGS placed very well. Brenna Cohoon (Jr) led the Mustangs with her 14th place finish among the field of 455 runners that included several nationally ranked individuals. Brenna flirted with a top 10 finish as she moved between 9th and 15th throughout the race before crossing the line in 14th. Erin Reidy (Jr) continued her rise to the front of the pack with her 19th place finish. Erin started out well and slowly moved up throughout the race going from 26th at the 1 mile mark to 19th at the end. Melissa Weidner (Sr) has been a top DGS finisher all season long. On Saturday, as she was still recovering from an illness, Melissa ran a strong race to finish in 42nd place for the Mustangs. As soon as she returns to 100% health, our team will have a formidable top 3 group of runners.

Over the past few years, the strength of the DGS team has been our tight pack and small 1-5 split. While that has continued to be the case so far this season, on Saturday, our pack got split up early on in the race. The girls were left to run as individuals, which is considerably more difficult. Yet, despite this unexpected circumstance, we still have several strong finishes to help the Mustang cause. Becky Versaskas (Sr) finished closely behind Weidner in 46th place. Becky was in 62nd place at the mile and steadily moved up as the race went on. Rebecca Diddia (So) also moved up well during race. She went from 79th at the 1-mile to 67th at the finish to complete the DGS scoring. Alex Spang (Fr – 76th place), Kennedy Warden (Jr – 82nd place), Kelsey Casella (Fr – 107th place), Olivia Duax (Sr – 111th place), and Sophia McNerney (Fr – 133rd place) rounded out the final five DGS positions.

As our varsity team wraps up the regular season over the next couple of weeks, it looks to be a very exciting post-season ahead of us!

 

Mustangs 1st at Naperville Invite!

The DGS girls cross country team traveled to Naperville North HS for a rare Friday night meet on Sept.21. The Mustangs came home with 1st team titles on both the varsity and F/S levels in the 10-team invitational meet. In the F/S race, DGS scored 30 points to easily out-distance the host Naperville North team in 2nd place (52 pts). DGS placed 1-3-5-7-14, and Sophia McNerney (Fr) led the Mustangs with her individual championship, covering the 3-mile campus course in 19:11. Sophia took the lead about 800m into the race and never looked back, finishing about 20 seconds ahead 2nd place. Renee Kowalski (Fr) was the next Mustang into the chute. She placed 3rd overall in 19:54, while Ria Patel (So) and Sara Homberg (Fr) placed 5th and 7th respectively in 20:04 and 20:09. Gretchen Scheck (Fr) rounded out the Mustang scoring with her 14th place finish in 20:32. Sophomores, Maya Scheck and Olivia Meyer were the 6-7 runners for DGS with times of 20:40 and 21:10 as they finished in 18th and 30th place out of 178 total runners. This bodes well for the future of Mustang cross country as two other DGS freshmen and one sophomore competed in the varsity race.

The DGS varsity team also dominated the competition, placing 1st as a team with 36 points. Naperville North, the top ranked team in Illinois, rested their top 6 runners but still finished in 2nd place with 68 points against a quality field that included #16 ranked Benet Academy. DGS placed its 8 runners in the among the top 16 finishers in the 78 runner race. Erin Reidy (Jr) led the Mustangs with her 2nd place finish, 25 seconds behind Iowa City Liberty freshman, Ashlyn Keeney. Reidy ran a PR 17;34 as she moved up through the field over the second half of the race to eventually reach the second position. Brenna Cohoon (Jr) did not have her best race, but still showed a lot of toughness with her 3rd place finish in 17:44. The Mustangs were without one of their top 3 runners, Melissa Weidner (Sr), who was out of town on a college visit. But the team is deep with talent this season and didn’t miss a beat as Becky Versaskas (Sr) finished in 8th place overall with a time of 18:17. The remaining five Mustangs in the race ran together as a tight pack for most of the race and all finished close together. Kennedy Warden (Jr) was 11th (18:20), Olivia Duax (Sr) was 12th (18:25), Rebecca Diddia (So) was 13th (18:29), Kelsey Casella (Fr) was 14th (18:30), and Alex Spang (Fr) was 16th (18:31). After taking last weekend off, this was a good tune-up for next week’s varsity meet in Minnesota.

The JV team finished off the day with a solid team race, finishing 3rd behind Naperville North and Naperville Central. Allison Calek (Sr) led the Mustangs with her 5th place finish in a season best 19:48. Michelle Kurcina (Sr) placed 11th overall in the 186 runner race with a time of 20:20. Julie LaLonde (Sr) finished in 15th place with her time of 20:30. After the trio of DGS seniors, there was a significant gap back to the next Mustang, Sydney Gaspari (Jr) who finished in 43rd place in 21:59. Teagan Halik (Sr) moved up a lot over the second half of the race to finish as the 5th DGS scorer in 47th place in 22:06. Clare Quirin (Sr) and Grace Schultheis (Jr) were the 6-7 runners in 60th and 82nd places with times of 22:39 and 23:31 respectively.

Full meet results can be found on the Athletic.net website and DGS individual splits/times can be found on the Schedule/Results page.

The freshman Mustangs will travel to Leyden on Monday, Sept.24 to compete in a conference triangular. The varsity will travel to Minneapolis next weekend for the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. The entire team will return to Naperville North on October 3rd for the Twilight Invite.

Mustangs 2nd at First to the Finish Invite!

On Saturday, September 8, the DGS Girls Cross Country team traveled to Detweiller Park in Peoria to compete in the First to the Finish Invite. This was a huge meet with many of the best teams in Illinois in attendance, including 6 of the top 7 ranked Illinois teams. The Mustangs more than held their own against this top level competition by placing 2nd out of the 37 schools competing. Two time defending state champion, Naperville North (ranked #1 in Illinois and #3 nationally) took first place with 58 points. Downers South (ranked #3 in Illinois and #25 nationally) finished second with 92 points. Yorkville (ranked #2 in Illinois and #8 nationally) placed third with 93 points.  Minooka placed a distant fourth with 182 points, followed by the remainder of the field.

The Mustangs were led by returning All-State runner, Brenna Cohoon (Jr). She ran an aggressive race against a talented field and finished 5th out of 309 runners. Brenna’s time of 17:07 on the rain soaked 3-mile course bettered her own school record (set at last year’s State meet) by 1 second. Melissa Weidner (Sr) continued her inspired senior season by placing 16th in a PR time of 17:44. Erin Reidy (Jr) also stepped up her game and ran a PR with her 18th place finish in 17:50. Becky Versaskas (Sr) and Kennedy Warden (Jr) ran persistent, mentally tough races, and rounded out the Mustang scoring finishing in 26th and 27th places with times of 17:59 and 18:02. This meet allowed 10 varsity runners per team and DGS showed some great depth with their line-up. Rebecca Diddia (So) placed 42nd in 18:23. Kelsey Casella (Fr) placed 44th in a PR time of 18:24. Alex Spang (Fr) also PR’d with her 18:26 time and 48th place finish. Sophia McNerney (Fr) placed 56th with a PR time of 18:37. And Olivia Duax (Sr) rounded out the Mustang ten with her 66th place finish in 18:55. This was an incredible team performance and DGS was only team to have all 10 runners finish under 19:00.

Downers South also placed 2nd among all of the teams in the JV race! Renee Kowalski (Fr) continued her fantastic freshman season by leading all of the Mustangs into the chute with her 14th place finish in a race of more than 700 runners. Her time of 19:51 was a PR. Michelle Kurcina (Sr) was close behind in 19:52 and 17th place. Allison Calek (Sr) ran a great race, often times leading our front pack, and finished 22nd in 19:59. She was followed closely into the chute by Sara Homberg (Fr) who finished with the same 19:59 time, placing 23rd. Sisters Maya Scheck (So) and Gretchen Scheck (Fr) were the next Mustangs to cross the finish line in 34th and 50th places (20:15 and 20:36) respectively. Ria Patel (So) placed 66th in 20:55 and Renee Nicholson (So) placed 67th in 20:56.

When all was said and done, DGS had 40 girls race on the Detweiller Park course. Of that group, 21 ran lifetime PR times and all 19 of the other girls ran season best times! Full meet results can be found at raceresultsplus.com and all individual splits and times can be found on the Schedule/Results page. Video highlights from the varsity race can be found on the Pictures/Video page.

The Mustangs compete next on Monday, Sept 10 at Willowbrook in a JV dual meet and again the following Monday Sept 17 at home vs Morton and Hinsdale South. All levels will compete on Friday, Sept 21 at the Naperville Invite.

 

 

 

Mustangs win Fenton Invitational!

The DGS girls cross country team overcame multiple weather delays and a muddy, sloppy course to place 1st out of 17 teams at the Fenton Invite on Saturday. Because of the weather, all 3 levels were combined into one extremely large girls race with 431 runners. The Mustangs showed why they are regarded as one of the best teams in the state with a victory over several other top 25 ranked teams. DGS finished with 7 runners in the first 11 places and scored 26 points to easily out-distance the 2nd place team from Prospect with 115 points. Brenna Cohoon (Jr) placed 2nd overall in 18:15 over the 3-mile course. Melissa Weidner (Sr) and Erin Reidy (Jr) placed 4th and 5th respectively with times of 18:45 and 18:55. Alex Spang (Fr) and Becky Versaskas (Sr) completed the DGS scoring with their 7th and 8th place finishes in 18:59 and 19:00. Rounding out the varsity top 7 were Kennedy Warden (Jr) and Kelsey Casella (Fr) finishing in 10th and 11th places with matching times of 19:07. One of the unfortunate consequences of combining all the levels into one race is that there were no standings or awards for a F/S or JV race. It’s obvious that DGS would have done very well on both levels both individually and as a team. Rebecca Diddia (So) and Sophia McNerney (Fr) finished 16th and 17th overall. Olvia Duax (Sr) was 52nd, Renee Kowalski (Fr) was 65th, Sara Homberg (Fr) was 70th, Allison Calek (Sr) was 79th, Michelle Kurcina (Sr) was 83rd, and Julie LaLonde (Sr) was 86th. After taking out all of the varsity runners in the race, these individuals would have all finished in the top 10 of their respective F/S or JV races. DGS competes next Saturday, Sept.8th at the First to the Finish Invite in Peoria.

Five Mustangs earn All-State medals!

  

The DGS Girls Track & Field team traveled to EIU in Charleston last weekend for the IHSA State Championship meet. The Mustangs competed in 3 events, earning top 9 finishes in 2 of them. The team scored 10 points and finished in 37th place overall.

  

Maddie Manganiello (Sr) competed in the long jump for the 4th straight year in a row. On Friday, her prelim jump of 15′ 8.5″ earned her 38th place and unfortunately did not advance her to the finals. After finishing 7th in the state a year ago, this was a somewhat disappointing finish to this season, but Maddie had already cemented her position as one of the DGS all-time greats. Her school record jump of 19′ 6″ will likely stand for a long time. We are very proud of Maddie!

  

  

On Friday, the 4x800m relay team of Kelley Hackbarth (Sr), Becky Versaskas (Jr), Gillian Thomas (Sr), and Erin Reidy (So) won their prelim heat with a time of 9:17.60 to advance to Saturday’s finals. This was a hard fought win as the Mustangs battled from behind for much of the race. Erin Reidy took the lead for the first time with 200m to go (much like Sectionals) and finished strong for the victory. The prelim time was a little slower than the school record time of 9:12.83 that the quartet set the previous week, but it was good enough to advance as the #3 time going into finals.

  

  

On Saturday, the 4x800m relay ran a slightly faster 9:17.20 time that earned them 3rd place in the State! Following the relay team was Brenna Cohoon (So) in the 3200m run. The heat and humidity was cranked up, but that didn’t stop Brenna from running a fantastic race that netted her a 7th place and All-State honors! Her time of 10:49.59 was a PR and sophomore school record.

  

  

All 5 girls that raced on the track, left with a medal and All-State honors! We are very proud of all of them!

  

On Friday night, EIU hosts a race under the lights. Traditionally all of the girls who come to support the team, and alternates for the state meet compete in the various races. As you can see, fun was had by all.

  

  

  

  

  

  

Thanks for a great track season!

Girls Track is State Bound!

The DGS girls track & field team competed at the IHSA Plainfield North Sectional on Thursday. The Mustangs qualified several individuals and a relay team to next week’s IHSA State Championship meet.

Maddie Manganiello (Sr) led the march to Charleston with a 5th place finish and state qualifying leap of 17′ 7.5″ in the long jump. Maddie has qualified for state in the long jump for 4 straight years. Last season she placed 7th in the state and will be looking to improve on that finish next week.  Brenna Cohoon (So) was the next individual qualifier for DGS with her 3rd place finish in the 3200m and a qualifying time of 10:54.34. Brenna finished 16th in this event at last year’s state meet. Kelley Hackbarth (Sr) finished in 4th place in the 800m run, but her time of 2:19..34 was under the qualifying standard which earned her a trip to state. She will be joined by 1600m qualifier, Erin Reidy (So). Erin finished in 5th place, but met the qualifying mark by running 5:08.81.

Both Kelley and Erin were also part of the DGS state qualifying 4x800m relay. They were joined by Becky Versaskas (Jr) and Gillian Thomas (Sr) as they took 1st place in the hotly contested event. The Mustangs battled with Hinsdale Central, Naperville North, and Naperville Central for much of the race. On the 3rd leg, Hinsdale Central took the lead with DGS close behind, but with both teams pulling away from the Naperville teams. Erin Reidy took the lead with about 200m left in the race and held on for the first place finish with a team time of 9:12.83. The Mustang quartet smashed the previous school record (9:21.84) that was set back in 1988 by Becky Mizener, Mindy Sick, Nicole Molzhan, and Tina Stec. Heading into the state meet competition, DGS currently has the fastest time in Illinois and the #16 time in the nation.

The Mustang distance runners had several other great performances at the sectional meet. Kennedy Warden (So) barely missed qualifying for state in the 1600m with her 6th place finish, while Melissa Weidner (Jr) met the same fate with her 6th place in the 3200m. Both girls ran PR times, but came up just short of the qualifying standards. Rebecca Diddia (Fr) finished 7th in the 800m run with a time of 2:25.28. Gillian Thomas (Sr) and Olivia Duax (Jr) finished 9th and 16th respectively in the 400m dash with season best times. The 4x400m relay team of Becky Versaskas (Jr), Kelley Hackbarth (Sr), Alisha Macas (Jr), and Erin Reidy (So) placed 5th and narrowly missed the qualifying time.

The sprint crew finished the season with several great season best races and top 6 finishes.  The team of Alexus Allen (Sr), Mya Rouse (Fr), Ariel Johnson (So), and Clarice Maes (Jr) placed 6th in both the 4x100m and 4x200m relays. Izzy Taylor (Sr) who was new to the hurdles, ran a great 300H race to finish in 6th. Kamile Dirzys (So) was not far behind her finishing in 10th place. Maddie Puccillo (Jr) and Gianna Lukacik (Jr) finished 10th and 15th respectively in the 100m hurdles.

In the field events,  Ariel Johnson (So) leaped to 7th place in the triple jump and finished 10th in the long jump. Lillian Dempsey (Jr) placed 9th in the pole vault and Brianna Johnson (Sr) placed 12th in the high jump.

The Mustang qualifiers will conclude the 2018 season next Friday and Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Let’s bring home some hardware!