Dick Pond’s Thursday Summer Runs

Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle will be hosting a weekly 5:00 pm summer run each Thursday starting on June 9th. A benefit from the program is to getting some of the athletes from local area high schools together for a little extra mileage and a good time. There will be marked routes that have options for 3-6 mile runs. They will also have some guests at the runs for demo’s and educational talks.

The following flyer is for the Dick Pond Summer Run Program.

2016 Track Awards

The 2016 DGS girls track & field season officially came to a close with last night’s awards banquet. We would like to say a special thanks to the Hosic family for providing all of the pasta, and everyone else for bringing sides, deserts, and drinks. Also, thanks to Laura Duffy for creating the season video.

It was a night of celebration as all of the girls were presented with their various participation awards as well as several other special awards. There were 3 most improved awards given out, one for sprints, one for distance, and one for field events. Nicole Muccianti (Jr) was awarded most improved sprints. Natalie Olsen (So) was awarded most improved distance. And Asia Branch (So) was awarded most improved field events.

Sophomore, Katie Meyr (Jr) was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for remarkable spirited and team first attitude. Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker (Sr) and Michaela Hackbarth (Sr) were awarded co-winners of the Most Valuable Athlete award. Both athletes earned all-state honors in multiple events last weekend and accounted for all 29 state meet points that we scored. This is the 4th year in a row that Michaela has earned this award and the first time in team history that Co-MVP’s were named.

Team captains also presented several athletes with some special awards voted on by the team. Those awards went to Vanessa Patino (Jr) for ‘best track outfits’, Maddie Manganiello (So) for ‘best hair’, Kelley Hackbarth (So) for ‘best kick’, Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker (Sr) for ‘best form/stride’, Katie Meyr (So) for ‘most likely to become a coach’, Gabby Senne (S0) for ‘best cheerer’, and Alexus Allen (So) for ‘most likely to forget her spikes’.

The celebration concluded with Coach Pinnick addressing the topic of moving on. As was well known, he has retired from his coaching position and will be greatly missed. But our senior athletes also find themselves the similar situation of moving on from DGS. Coach Pinnick spoke about the joy of new adventures and opportunities that await. It was a fitting end to a fantastic season!

May 24 Awards Banquet Reminder

A note from Coach Sanders to all of our parents & athletes:

Hello!

I can’t believe we are at the end of the track season. What a great year! I wanted to remind everyone that the Awards Banquet for the track and field season will be Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30 pm in the DGS cafetorium. The awards banquet will be a chance for the girls to celebrate the season as well as hand out awards for participating on the girls track and field team. The captains and parent volunteers have already done a fantastic job planning this event.

The Hosic family has been very generous and has donated the dinner item, but we still need a few food and drink items in order to make the night successful. Please see below as each grade level has been assigned a food or drink item.

  • Freshmen:  Desserts
  • Sophomores:  Appetizers or Sides
  • Juniors:  Drinks
  • Seniors:  Enjoy your last banquet!

Additionally, I wanted to add that uniform drop off for sprinters, throwers, and jumpers will be Monday, May 23rd right after school in the weight room. Please make sure that the athletes drop off their uniform then to avoid any further contact. Distance runners should have already turned in uniforms to Coach Plunkett.

Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

See you Tuesday!

Nicole Sanders
Head Girls Track Coach

State Finals Recap

On Saturday, May 21, the DGS girls track team stepped on to the big blue track at EIU to compete in the IHSA State Championship Finals. Only 3 girls and 5 events remained for the Mustangs on the quest for a state trophy.

The first DGS competitor was Katie Stapleton (Jr) in the 3200m run. Katie really needed to PR in the race to have any chance at getting into the top 9 and scoring points. To Katie’s credit, she went after it. She had a great start and first several laps, but began to struggle near the half way point, and finished with a time of 11:26.90.  Katie improved on her original seed of #33 to finish 29th overall, but it wasn’t enough to garner any team points.

That left seniors, Michaela Hackbarth and Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker who were each competing in 2 events. Shaliyah was up first in the 100m hurdle finals. She had the top time coming out of the prelims (14.31), but several competitors were very close. Shaliyah was behind out of the blocks, and worked hard to try to catch up (as most of her races went this year). She ended up running her fastest time of the year, 14.01 seconds and caught all but one girls, and finished in 2nd place. It wasn’t the championship that she was hoping for, but it was still 8 points towards the team score.

Thirty minutes later, Shaliyah took to the track for the finals of the 100m dash. Despite having the 2nd best prelim time (12.32), she was relegated to lane 8 for the finals because she finished 2nd in her prelim heat. Shaliyah got a great start this time and equaled her best time of the season, running 12.05 seconds, but finished 4th overall. That place earned 6 more team points, bringing our team total up to 14.

Soon after, it was Michaela’s turn in the 800m run. As the defending state champion, Michaela had run with a target on her back all season long. Up to this point, she had withstood all challenges, remaining undefeated throughout the season. When the 800m race started, Imani Davis (Lane Tech) charged to the front, determined to set a fast early pace. Michaela sat back in 5th or 6th 200m into the race. Davis and another girl still had the lead at the 400m mark with Michaela moving up into 3rd. By the time they hit the backstretch, Michaela had moved into 2nd and was challenging Davis for the lead. Davis fought back, but with about 180m to go, Michaela passed Davis and kicked strong all the way to the finish line and 1st place. Her time of 2:09.91 was a new school record and great way to finish her last 800m as a Mustang! Almost just as important, 1st place brings 10 points with it, bringing our team total up to 24.

Michaela came back about an hour later to run the 400m dash, our final race of the day. She was seeded 6th going into the finals, and ran a great race to improve on her seed. Michaela’s time of 58.09 allowed her to finish 5th overall and add 5 more points to the team total. With 29 points, DGS was sitting in 3rd place with 4 events to go.

It was agonizing to sit in the stands watching the final events unfold and other teams closing in on our position. Unfortunately, the final 2 events gave 2 other teams enough points to squeak past us. Both Oswego East and Hinsdale Central finished in a tie for 3rd place with 30 points, while DGS finished 5th with 29 points. While the result was not what we had hoped for, it should not diminish what has been an outstanding season. We are very proud of all of the girls, the effort they put towards this season, and the many accomplishments they achieved.

Congratulations to the Mustangs for finishing 5th in the state!!

 

 

State Meet Prelims Recap

The DGS girls track & field team competed in 8 events this afternoon in the prelims of the IHSA State  Championship meet. The Mustangs came into Friday’s competition with hopes of qualifying the majority of the events to Saturday’s finals. By the end of the day, 4 out of the 8 events qualified for finals and joined 3200m runner, Katie Stapleton (Jr), to make a total of 5 events. The 3200m race does not run prelims, so Katie automatically races in the finals on Saturday.

The team was dealt a couple of setbacks early in the competition beginning when Maddie Manganiello (So) fouled her three long jump attempts and failed to advance to Saturday.  This was an uncharacteristic result for the sophomore jumping phenom who had been extremely consistent all season long. Fortunately for her, she will have two more years to come back and attempt to win a state long jump title.

The 4x100m relay team of Nicole Muccianti (Jr), Soren Umali (Jr), Arianna Finley (Sr), and Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker (Sr) also came up short after finishing 3rd in their prelim heat with a time of 48.77. Muccianti encountered some bad luck when she caught a spike and stumbled out of the blocks at the start. That coupled with a poor 2nd exchange relegated the relay to 13th place overall and just missing the finals by 0.13 seconds.

The team needed to turn things around and Dixon-Tucker did just that by winning her prelim heat of the 100m hurdles in 14.31 seconds. Shaliyah’s time was the fastest qualifying time and leaves her as the favorite going into Saturday’s finals. She came back 15 minutes later to finish 2nd in her heat of the 100m dash by only 0.01 seconds. Her time of 12.32 was also the 2nd fastest time of the day and advanced her to Saturday’s finals. Nicole Muccianti also competed in the 100m dash, but failed to advance after running 12.99 in her prelim heat.

At this point, we had 3 events qualified for Saturday, 3 events that did not make it, and 3 events to go. The weather began to change from breezy, mild temperatures to heavier winds with rain showers. Michaela Hackbarth (Sr) was next up on the track attempting to complete a very tough double by racing the 800m run and 400m dash with only 15 minutes of rest in between. As it turned out, she was in the last heat of the 800m and the 1st heat of the 400m, making the double just about as tough as it gets. Michaela took care of business in her signature event, the 800m, by winning her heat with a time of 2:12.72, and earning the top seed going into Saturday. This was not a surprise, as Michaela is the defending state champion at this distance. But with the shortest rest possible, going against a field of very good sprinters in the 400m, Michaela was able to finish 2nd in her heat with a time of 57.77 and advance to Saturday’s finals. Her 400m time ranks as the 6th best time out of the 9 finalists.

Shaliyah had the final event of the day, the 200m dash. At this point, the wind and the rain was providing just as much competition as the athletes in the lanes next to each other. Shaliyah started well running a good curve, but the wear and tear of 4 events began to show as she faded back to 4th place in her heat with 25.59 and failed to advance to Saturday’s finals.

So, the final tally for the day was 5 events move on to Saturday’s competition, while 4 events ended their season one day short of the ultimate goal. The Mustangs will have to settle for quality over quantity as they aim to score well in each of the 5 events. DGS could win as many as 3 events on Saturday and should score in at least 1 of the other finals event, allowing them to be in the hunt for one of the three team trophies. Defending state team champions, Lincoln-Way East are positioned extremely well for a repeat title performance, but the rest of the competition for the remaining 2 trophies is wide open. I can’t wait for Saturday!

May 24 Awards Banquet

A note from Coach Sanders to all of our parents & athletes:

Hello!

I can’t believe we are at the end of the track season. What a great year! I wanted to remind everyone that the Awards Banquet for the track and field season will be Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30 pm in the DGS cafetorium. The awards banquet will be a chance for the girls to celebrate the season as well as hand out awards for participating on the girls track and field team. The captains and parent volunteers have already done a fantastic job planning this event.

The Hosic family has been very generous and has donated the dinner item, but we still need a few food and drink items in order to make the night successful. Please see below as each grade level has been assigned a food or drink item.

  • Freshmen:  Desserts
  • Sophomores:  Appetizers or Sides
  • Juniors:  Drinks
  • Seniors:  Enjoy your last banquet!

Additionally, I wanted to add that uniform drop off for sprinters, throwers, and jumpers will be Monday, May 23rd right after school in the weight room. Please make sure that the athletes drop off their uniform then to avoid any further contact. Distance runners should have already turned in uniforms to Coach Plunkett.

Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

See you Tuesday!

Nicole Sanders
Head Girls Track Coach

Friday Night Race at State!

Dance PartyOn Friday night, following the prelims, the EIU track team will host the Race At State. This is a low-key open track meet that could easily be mistaken for a huge party. The meet is open to anyone that wants to participate (athletes, coaches, parents, siblings, etc). In previous years, we have had athletes who did not qualify for finals as well as athletes who’ve come down to cheer on our qualifiers, and the occasional coach all participate in the Race at State. Traditionally, the 1000m steeplechase has been the start of the show!

 

 

 

Cheering Section

 

  • The cost is $5 per athlete for 2 events and $10 for 3 or more events.
  • Registration for the races begins at 6:30 pm.
  • Races begin at 6:45 pm.
  • Races usually last until approximately 9:00 pm.

Steeple Freshmen

The events will be run in the following order:

  • 300m Hurdles
  • 1600m Run
  • 100m Dash
  • 400m Dash
  • 800m Run
  • 3200m Run
  • 1000m Steeplechase

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State Meet Time Schedule

The following is the approximate time schedule for the IHSA State Championship meet events that DGS athletes will be competing in.

Friday, May 20 – Prelims

  • 12:00 pm     Long Jump (Maddie Manganiello)
  • 1:30 pm       4x100m Relay (Nicole Muccianti, Soren Umali, Arianna Finley, Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker)
  • 2:00 pm       100m Hurdles (Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker)
  • 2:15 pm        100m Dash (Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker & Nicole Muccianti)
  • 2;30 pm       800m Run (Michaela Hackbarth)
  • 3:00 pm       400m Dash (Michaela Hackbarth)
  • 4:00 pm       200m Dash (Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker)

Saturday, May 21 – Finals

  • 10:00 am     Long Jump (Maddie Manganiello)
  • 10:00 am      3200m Run (Katie Stapleton
  • 11:45 am       4x100m Relay (Muccianti, Umali, Finley, Dixon-Tucker)
  • 1:15 pm       100m Hurdles (Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker)
  • 1:45 pm        100m Dash (Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker & Nicole Muccianti)
  • 2;15 pm       800m Run (Michaela Hackbarth)
  • 3:05 pm       400m Dash (Michaela Hackbarth)
  • 4:15 pm       200m Dash (Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker)
  • 5:00 pm       Team Awards

Girls State Track Meet!

On Friday, May 20, the DGS girls track & field team will begin competition in the prelims of the IHSA State Championship meet. The meet will be held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The Mustangs qualified a total of 9 entries spread out among the 18 events and will be one of the team favorites to score well and place high.

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In 1990, the Mustangs placed 3rd in the state, marking the highest girls track finish in DGS history. Recently, in both, 2007 and 2011, Downers Grove South placed 5th at the state meet. This season, the girls are looking to challenge again for one of the top 3 trophies.

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Maddie Manganiello jumping at Wheaton North

The only field event qualifier for DGS is Maddie Manganiello (So) in the long jump. Her sectional jump of 18′ 8.25″ was the 5th best among a very tough field of jumpers. Her jump of 19′ 6″ at the previous week’s conference meet ranks #1 outdoors in Illinois this season. Maddie is poised to score valuable team points in the long jump. The top 12 jumpers on Friday will move on to the finals on Saturday where the top 9 finishers will score points and earn all-state honors.

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Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker winning Top Times meet

The Mustangs have scored the majority of their points on the track this season, and Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker (Sr) is responsible for a large portion of them. This weekend should be no different, as she has qualified for the state meet in 3 individual events. Her signature event is the 100m hurdles and her sectional time of 14.23 is the #1 fastest time in Illinois this season. Shaliyah also qualified in the 100m dash, 200m dash, and as part of the 4x100m relay. Her sectional time in the 100m dash (12.05) is nearly as impressive as her hurdle time and leaves her tied for 1st among all of the sectional qualifying times, and #3 in Illinois throughout the entire outdoor season. Shaliyah’s 200m time of 25.55 ranks her 7th among the all of the state qualifiers. In all 3 of these sprint events, the top 9 prelim times will advance to Saturday’s finals.

Downers Grove South's Michaela Hackbarth celebrates after winning the Class 3A 800m Run with a time of 2:11.24 during the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Finals at O'Brien Stadium, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Charleston, Ill. Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register
Michaela Hackbarth winning the 800m at State!

Defending 800m state champion, Michaela Hackbarth (Sr) also has the ability to score a lot of team points for the Mustangs. In the previous two seasons, Michaela has qualified for state in both the 800m and 400m races, but has elected to scratch the 400m race to focus on the 800m. This is a notoriously difficult double because of the short amount of rest in between the two events (usually 30 minutes or less). This weekend, Michaela will compete in both events at the state meet. Her 800m time of 2:12.19 at sectionals is the #1 fastest time in Illinois this season and ranks her 1st among all state qualifiers. The top 12 times from Friday’s 800m prelim races will qualify for the finals. Michaela’s 400m time (57.90) is the 5th fastest among all of the state qualifiers. The top 9 finishers in the 400m prelims will advance to the finals on Saturday. If Michaela is able to move on to the 400m finals, she will be guaranteed to score team points in that event.

Mustang 4x100m relay team

The 4x100m relay team made up of Nicole Muccianti (Jr), Soren Umali (Jr), Arianna Finley (Sr), and Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker (Sr) has qualified with the 10th best sectional time of 48.75. Earlier this season, the 4 girls teamed up to run 48.65 and set a new DGS school record. They will need to be within the top 9 times on Friday in order to make the Saturday finals and score some valuable team points. Last week’s sectional race was accomplished despite some very poor hand-offs, so hopefully with some extra practice, the Mustang quartet will improve on their sectional position and advance to the finals.

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Katie Stapleton at Top Times meet

One DGS athlete that doesn’t have to worry about qualifying for finals is Katie Stapleton (Jr). She will be running the 3200m race on Saturday as this event does not have prelims. Her sectional time of 11:26 is ranked #33 among all qualifiers, but Katie will be looking to improve upon her seasonal best time of 11:02. With a great race, it’s certainly possible that she could dip under 11 minutes and steal some unexpected points with a top 9 finish.

May 22, 2015 - Charleston, IL - Downers Grove South's Nicole Muccianti competes in the Class 3A 4x100-Meter Relay during Friday''s preliminary competition. [Photo: Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews]
Nicole Muccianti in 4x100m
Although Nicole Muccianti is only a junior, she is a state meet veteran having competed as part of Mustang state qualifying relays each of the last 2 years. While she will again represent DGS as the lead-off leg of the 4x100m relay, she will also step to the starting line in the 100m dash. Her sectional time (and personal best) of 12.56 will need to go even lower to advance beyond prelims as she has the #24 best sectional time. But, as is true with all events at the state meet, the only times that matter are the ones accomplished there.

The entire 2016 DGS track & field season has been one of the most exciting ones in team history. Some of the highlights include winning the North Central College Invitational over some of the best teams in the state, winning multiple events at the Top Times meet, winning the prestigious Wheaton South Tiger Invite at the end of outdoor, and scoring 200 points on both levels at the WSC Gold outdoor conference meet. But perhaps the biggest highlight of all will come this weekend in Charleston! #goMustangs