Track & Field Spirit Wear!

DGS Girls Track & Field online clothing store is now open. It can be found at . Orders can be placed and shipped directly to your home within days. The store will remain open all season long. If you have ideas of other clothing items we should include, email Coach Sanders and we can have it added to the store.

You can also find additional clothing items at the DGS Boys Track & Field store at: .

Feb 4th Parent Meeting / Time Trials

On Thursday, Feb.4th, both the boys and girls track & field teams will be hosting a parent meeting / time trial night.

The evening will start with a parent meeting from 6:00-6:30pm in the DGS fieldhouse. The Running Boosters will have a table set up for DGS Running Booster Club Memberships and an opportunity to sign up to volunteer at our home meets.

The Dick Pond Shoemobile will also be there with a good selection of spikes and training shoes to purchase.

Following the parent meeting, the time trials will get started. The shot put will be the only field event contested. The action on the track will follow the following schedule:

  • Girls 55m hurdles
  • Boys 55m hurdles
  • Girls 55m dash
  • Boys 55m dash
  • Girls 1200m run
  • Boys 1600m run
  • Girls 200m dash
  • Boys 4x400m relay
  • Girls 4x400m relay

We look forward to a great night of track & field!

Season Preview

The 2016 DGS girls track team is made up of nearly 90 girls this year. There are a lot of new faces to go along with a strong returning group. Team success and individual improvement is the main focus for the Mustangs each track season and this year will be no different.

DGS will look to extend two impressive streaks. The first is an 11-year conference win streak (both indoors and outdoors). Last year, the girls won both the Frosh/Soph level as well as the Varsity level at both meets, so the expectations to continue the streak are high. The indoor conference championship meet will be held on Friday, March 18th at Addison Trail HS. The outdoor conference championship will be held on Friday, May 6th at Leyden HS. The week after outdoor conference, DGS will look to defend their IHSA Sectional title and win for the 3rd straight season. The sectional meet will be held at Lockport HS on Friday, May 13th.

Individually, several DGS athletes are returning with State meet experience and high aspirations in 2016. Maybe none higher than Michaela Hackbarth (Sr) who will be defending her IHSA State title in the 800m run. Hackbarth had the fastest 800m time in the state of Illinois last year (2:11.24), but will be pushed by cross town rival (Emma Moravec-DGN) who placed 2nd behind her at State. Hackbarth also anchored the 5th place 4x400m relay team. Katie Stapleton (Jr) was a State qualifier in the 1600m (5:16.65) and will look to return to the big blue track at EIU in either the 1600m or 3200m race. This year’s distance squad is deep and talented. Several other distance athletes will likely step up to fill out key roles in our varsity line-up as the season progresses.

The Mustang sprint and hurdle crew returns several key runners from State meet action last year, including Shaliyah Dixon-TuckerSoren Umali (Jr), Lauren Wong (Sr), Ariana Finley (Sr)Nicole Muccianti (Jr), and Sonja Renowden (Jr). Dixon-Tucker was State qualifier in the 100m hurdles (15.18) and Umali was a double State qualifier in both the 100m hurdles (15.26) and the 300m hurdles (46.09) last season. Wong was part of the DGS All-State 4x400m relay team and she also is a top hurdler.  Finley, Muccianti and Renowden add great depth to our sprint group and will likely lead the way in several sprint relays as well as individual events.

All of these athletes, plus several promising newcomers should provide the opportunity for great success this season. The Mustangs will hold a team trial night on Thursday, February 4th in the DGS field house. The girls will compete in their first official indoor meet on Saturday, February 13th at Hinsdale Central HS.

Good Luck Mustangs!!

Your NEW girls track coaching staff…

The 2016 track & field season is off and running and there have been a few changes to the DGS coaching staff.

Head Coach Egle Staisiunaite has departed. Coach E is training for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She will be competing in the 400m hurdles for Lithuania at the Olympics in August. While she will be missed, we have 3 new coaches that will help make it a smooth transition.

New Staff:

Head Coach Nicole Sanders (sprints/hurdles). Coach Sanders comes to DGS after coaching sprints and hurdles at DGN for the past two seasons. She coached a talented sprint crew at DGN last season, but is currently in the process of swapping out all of her purple clothes for blue.

Asst Coach Michael Farthing (sprints/jumps). Coach Farthing comes to DGS after coaching sprints, hurdles, and jumps at Westmont HS. He adds a lot of technical expertise and experience to our staff.

Asst Coach Carolyn Riha (sprints/jumps). Coach Riha is a former DGS jumper and college athlete.

Returning Staff:

Asst Coach Tim Pinnick (sprints/jumps). Coach Pinnick is in his last season at DGS before retiring to North Carolina. He focuses primarily on the long jump and the triple jump.

Asst Coach Brian Kukulski (throws/jumps/pole vault). Coach K is a former college athlete who provide invaluable experience in a multitude of technical events.

Asst Coach Doug Plunkett (distance). Coach Plunkett coaches all of the distance events. He is also the head cross country coach in the fall.

 

Track & Field season is almost here!

The Girls Track & Field season will begin on Tuesday, Jan.19th. All athletes should meet in the fieldhouse after school at 3:37p, dressed and ready to practice.

Anyone who hasn’t registered online, should do so before the end of this week. All athletes must also turn in a current physical to the Athletic Office. If you haven’t registered and turned in your physical, you will NOT be allowed to practice. If you wait until Jan.19th, it will be too late.

Email Coach Sanders or Coach Plunkett if you have any questions regarding joining girls track & field.