Naperville Invite results

On Friday, Sept.25, Downers South traveled to DuPage River Park for the Naperville Invite. The F/S team started off the day with a 2nd place finish out of 12 teams. Melissa Weider (Fr) led the Mustangs with her 10th place finish over the 3-mile course in 20:22. She was followed by Olivia Duax (Fr) in 14th place in 20:33, Allison Calek (Fr) in 15th place in 20:42, Riya Bhasin (So) in 20th place in 20:56, and Alyssa Taglia (So) in 21st place in 21:02.

The varsity team placed 3rd out of 13 teams, led by Katie Stapleton (Jr) who placed 4th overall with a time of 18:10. Becky Versaskas (Fr) was not far behind in 6th place in 18:22. Other varsity scorers were Jill Boyle (Sr) in 23rd with 19:01, Gillian Thomas (So) in 37th with 19:16, Emily Qualizza (Sr) in 38th with 19:17.

The JV team placed 4th out of 12 teams led by Allie Cheevers (Sr) in 6th place with a time of 19:53. Megan Albers (Jr) finished in 9th place with 20:14.

Full meet results can be found at  Adkins Trak.  Individual results can be found HERE. Photos from the Naperville Invite can be found HERE.

The Mustangs will split the team next weekend as the varsity will travel to Peoria and the remainder of the team will compete in St. Charles.

Naperville Invite tomorrow!

On Friday, Sept.25, Downers South will travel to DuPage River Park for the Naperville Girls Invitational. This 13-team meet is co-hosted by both Naperville Central & Naperville North. Competition will fierce as several of the area’s top teams will fighting for 1st place. Highly regarded teams such as both host schools, Plainfield North, Lincoln-Way Central, Lockport and Benet will give the Mustangs a battle.

There will be three races. The frosh/soph race will start things off at 5:00 pm. The varsity race will go next at 5:30 pm, followed by the JV race at 6:00 pm. A map of the 3-mile course can be found HERE.

The park is located on Naper Blvd, south of 75th St and north of Boughton). Parking will be limited.

The DGS bus is scheduled to leave at 2:45 pm.

IHSA Regionals & Sectionals

The IHSA posted the Regional and Sectional assignments on Friday. Downers Grove South was assigned to the Plainfield South Regional that will take place on Saturday, October 24th at 11:30 am. The course is located in the Hammel Woods Forest Preserve in Shorewood.

There will be 9 teams competing at the Plainfield South Regional meet. They are:

  • Benet Academy, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Lockport, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Plainfield South, and Romeoville.

The top 6 teams will qualify on to the IHSA Sectional meet hosted by Hinsdale Central. There are two other regional meets that feed into our same sectional (Lyons Township Regional and Carl Sandburg Regional).

The Hinsdale Central Sectional meet will be on Saturday, October 31 at 11:00 am at Katherine Legge Memorial Park. There will be a total of 18 teams competing in the Sectional meet. The top 5 teams will qualify on to the IHSA State Championship meet.

The IHSA State Championship meet will take place on Saturday, November 7 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. The Downers Grove South girls have qualified the team to State each of the last 4 years.

DGS wins 100th in a row!

Yesterday at O’Brien Park, the DGS girls cross country team reached a milestone that no other team in Illinois has ever reached. The Mustangs defeated WSC Gold conference opponents Addison Trail and Proviso East by identical 15-50 scores. Freshman, Melissa Weidner was the individual winner of the 3-mile race in 20:10.

These victories marked the 99th and 100th consecutive dual meet wins for DGS. As members of the WSC Gold conference, the Mustangs race dual meets against the other 6 conference schools each season. This winning streak began during the 1999 season and has extended over 17 seasons. Michael Arenberg was the DGS head coach for the first 6 years of the streak. Doug Plunkett was his assistant for 4 of those years, and has been the head coach for the last 11 years. Downers Grove South currently holds the IHSA state record for consecutive dual meet wins (2nd place on the list is DGN with 69 victories from 1976 to 1985).

DGS will have the opportunity to add to that record on October 5th when they host both Hinsdale South and Willowbrook for the final dual meets of the 2015 season.

Minooka results

On Saturday, the DGS girls cross country team competed at the Minooka Flight Invitational. The varsity team placed 6th out of 14 teams in the flighted race competition. Maggie Seitz (Sr) started the competition in flight 7 and ended with the highest Mustang finish with 2nd place (19:52). Lizbeth Alcantara (Sr) placed 5th in flight 6 in 19:35. Emily Qualizza (Sr) placed 6th in flight 5 in 19:25. In flight 4, Jill Boyle (Sr) placed 7th with 19:45. Becky Versaskas (Fr) ran well in flight 3, placing 5th in 19:01. Michaela Hackbarth (Sr) ran flight 2 and finished 8th in 19:13. Katie Stapleton (Jr) had the fastest DGS time of the day in flight 1, finishing in 6th place with 18:26. Overall, it was an inconsistent effort by our varsity on a tough, muddy course.

The frosh/soph team represented DGS well, falling 2 pts short of winning the team competition. Yorkville took 1st with 59, Lyons Township was 2nd with 60, and DGS placed 3rd out of 14 teams with 61 pts. Natalie Olsen (So) ran an outstanding race, coming from behind to eventually take the lead, only to get outkicked and finish 2nd overall. Her time of 19:20 would have fared well in most of the varsity races. Gillian Thomas (So) also ran a strong race, finishing 4th overall with a time of 19:33. Melissa Weidner (Fr) ran her best race of the season with an 11th place finish in 19:56. Alyssa Taglia (So) placed 21st in 20:26 and Olivia Duax (Fr) placed 23rd in 20:32 to round out the team scoring. Allison Calek (Fr) and Riya Bhasin (So) completed the team running 21:00 and 21:30 respectively.

In the Open race, DGS placed 3rd out of 14 teams and had 3 runners place in the top 11. Megan Albers (Jr) ran 19:59 to place 7th, Kara Petersen (Jr) ran 20:12 to place 9th, and Allie Cheevers (Sr) ran 20:20 to place 11th. Full meet results can be found at Run Minooka, and individual DGS results can be found HERE.

The Mustangs compete next on Monday (Sept 21) at O’Brien Park versus Proviso East and Addison Trail. On Friday (Sept 25), DGS travels to the Naperville Invite at DuPage River Park in Naperville.

Minooka Flights up next…

On Saturday (Sept 19), the Mustangs will travel to Channahon Community Park to race in the 42nd annual Minooka Flight Invitational. Competition will be fierce with Yorkville, Batavia, Lyons Township, and the host team from Minooka all having excellent teams. The morning will begin with boys and girls F/S races at 8:30a and 8:35a. After those races conclude, the varsity flight races will start. Each varsity team races one runner at a time against the other schools, starting with the #7 runners. When the #7 runners have reached the 1-mile point of the race, the #6 runners begin their race. This continues until they reach the championship flight where everyone’s #1 runners will face off. It is a unique format that gives each varsity runner equal responsibility for the team score (all 7 runners count toward the score). Following the flight races, the remainder of the team will race in the Open race. You can find more specific meet information and eventual results on the Run Minooka website.

Our bus will leave DGS at 6:30a. The following girls will compete in the F/S race for DGS: Natalie Olsen, Olivia Duax, Gillian Thomas, Alyssa Taglia, Melissa Weidner, Allison Calek, and Riya Bhasin.

In the flight races, Maggie Seitz will run flight 7, Liz Alcantara – flight 6, Emily Qualizza – flight 5, Jillian Boyle – flight 4, Becky Versaskas – flight 3, Michaela Hackbarth – flight 2, and Katie Stapleton – flight 1.

On Monday (Sept 21), the Mustangs host Addison Trail and Proviso East at O’Brien Park in our 2nd triangular meet of the season.

Peoria ‘FTTF’ Invite

On Saturday, the Mustangs traveled to Detweiller Park in Peoria to compete in the ‘First to the Finish’ Invite that featured 14 of the top ranked teams in the state, including 8 out of the top 10. Defending 2A state champions, Yorkville won the meet, while the DGS varsity team placed 12th out of 37 teams. Katie Stapleton (Jr), Becky Versaskas (Fr), and Jill Boyle (Sr) led the Mustangs with great races. Among the field of 326 runners, Katie was 32nd with a time of 18:01, Becky was 43rd in 18:14, and Jill was 62nd in 18:38 on the 3-mile course. DGS was without the services of another top runner, Michaela Hackbarth (Sr), who was away on a college visit. The varsity scoring 5 was rounded out with Liz Alcantara (Sr) in 111th running 19:06 and Emily Qualizza (Sr) in 117th running 19:09.  Full DGS results can be found at Full meet results can be found at

The Mustangs run next on Saturday (Sept 19) at the Minooka Flight Invite in Channahon.

On to Peoria…

On Saturday, Sept.12, the Mustangs will travel to Peoria’s Detweiller Park for the ‘First to the Finish’ Invitational. This meet is the first of three large invitational meets that will take place on the IHSA State meet course.

Competition at this meet will be fierce as 8 of the top 10 ranked 3A teams in the state will be in attendance along with 5-6 other top 25 teams. DGS is currently ranked #19 in the state according to DyeStatIL.

Our schedule is as follows:

  • 7:00a  leave DGS
  • 11:40a  3A Varsity Girls race
  • 1:00p   Open Race
  • 6:00p   approx return to DGS


Fenton Invite Results

On Saturday, the Mustangs traveled to Fenton HS to compete in the Fenton Earlybird Invite. The varsity team finished 2nd out of 23 teams. Glenbrook South won the meet with 96 pts, followed closely by DGS with 99 pts, and Vernon Hills with 108 pts. Cross-town rival Downers North finished 5th with 146 pts. Katie Stapleton (Jr) and Michaela Hackbarth (Sr) led the team with top 10 finishes in the 3-mile race. Katie was 6th in 18:39 while Michaela finished 9th in 18:58. The varsity scoring 5 was rounded out with Emily Qualizza (Sr) in 20th running 19:30, Liz Alcantara (Sr) in 21st running 19:32, and Kara Petersen (Jr) in 43rd running 20:08.

In the 2nd race of the day, the Frosh-Soph team ran equally as well finishing in 2nd place behind a tough Prospect team 34-66, but far ahead of 3rd place Hononegah with 102 pts. Freshman, Becky Versaskas, dominated the competition winning the race in a F/S meet record time of 19:03. The Mustangs had two other top 10 finishes with Natalie Olsen (So) placing 5th in 19:54, and Olivia Duax (Fr) placing 7th in 20:11. Melissa Weider (Fr) and Alyssa Taglia (So) finished the DGS scoring placing 26th and 27th respectively with times of 21:12 and 21:15.

The most impressive race of the day might have been in the JV Open race. As the meet moved along, the temperature continued to rise and when the race went off at nearly noon, it was extremely hot and humid. DGS dominated the competition placing 4 runner in the top 6 and 7 runners in the top 19. Scoring only 26 pts, the Mustangs easily outdistanced runner-up Downers North with 83 pts. Maggie Seitz (Sr) took 1st place overall with 20:12 and she was followed closely by Megan Albers (Jr) in 2nd with 20:36. Andrea Gilleran (Sr) and Mary Eterno (Jr) finished 5th and 6th with 21:05 and 21:13 respectively. Lauren Wong (Sr) was the final scorer finishing in 12th place running 21:41.

The Mustangs run next on Saturday (Sept 12) at the ‘First to the Finish’ Invite in Peoria.