And the season begins…

We are just over 2 weeks into the 2017 season and its been a great start for the DGS Girls Cross Country team!

On Wednesday, August 23, the Mustangs defeated both Naperville Central and Oswego on both the JV and Varsity levels. In the first race of the day at O’Brien Park, Natalie Olsen (Sr) took the lead and never looked back, winning the 3.0 mile race in 20:51. She led a parade of Mustangs into the finish chute, as DGS had the first 6 finishers out of 85 total runners. Maya Scheck (Fr) was 2nd in 21:42, Meghan Stapleton (Fr) was 3rd (21:55), Katie Meyer (Sr) was 4th (22:02), Kailey Ferguson (Fr) was 5th (22:14), and Renee Nicholson (Fr) was 6th (22:17). Team scores were: DGS-15, NC-61, OSW-75.

In the Varsity race, Brenna Cohoon (So) led the entire race and finished 1st overall with a time of 18:25. She was followed closely by 3 more Mustangs, as DGS had the first 4 finishers. Erin Reidy (So) made a strong move at the 2-mile mark to move into 2nd place and held that position into the chute in 18:38. She was followed by Becky Versaskas (Jr) in 3rd (18:45), and Kennedy Warden (So) in 4th (18:51). Melissa Weidner (Jr) and Rebecca Diddia (Fr) ran closely together to finish in 12th and 13th places with 19;20 and 19:23. Olivia Duax (Jr) was the #7 finisher for DGS with 19:39 in 14th place. The varsity team scores were: DGS-21, NC-39, OSW-76.

Full individual results can be found on the Schedule/Results page OR on the site, and pictures from the meet (courtesy of Laura Duffy) can be found on the Pictures/Video page.

DGS returns to O’Brien Park to take on Leyden on Monday, August 28 and then travels to Fenton HS next Saturday (Sept.2) for the first invitational meet of the season.

Camping Trip CHANGES!

Parents & Athletes,
The forecast for Thursday afternoon in Rockford is potential thunderstorms from noon until 8:00pm. Because of that, we are going to re-arrange the plan for our camping trip. We are going to hold Thursday’s camping day in Downers Grove, and travel to Rock Cut State Park on Friday.
Here is the NEW schedule.
Thursday Aug.10 (Camping Day in Downers Grove)
7:00a  Meet at DGS
7:00-4:45p  Team Activities at DGS (this includes lunch)
5:00p  Travel to the Duax home (5600 Main St, Downers Grove)
5:00-10:00p  Team Activities at the Duax home (this includes dinner)
10:00-10:30p  Get picked up from the Duax home, sleep at home in your own bed
The girls should bring running clothes, and a 2nd set of dry clothes to wear after running. They should bring a swim suit (the Duax’s have a pool). They do not have to bring camping equipment unless it was food oriented. They should still bring a chair. No money is needed. Transportation from DGS to the Duax’s will be provided. The girls should be picked up from there to go home for the night.
Friday Aug.11 (Camping Day/Night at Rock Cut State Park)
7:00a  Meet at DGS, load up the bus.
7:30a  Leave for Rock Cut
9:00a  Arrive Rock Cut
9:00a – 9:00p  Team Activities (includes lunch & dinner)
9:00p  Campfire
10:30p  Lights out
The girls should bring the original packing list and money for ice cream (optional) after the water sports.
Saturday Aug.12
8:00a  Depart Rock Cut State Park
10:00a  Arrive DGS
** Any of the girls who originally could not travel to Rock Cut for the duration of the camping trip, but are available on Thursday, should attend all of the Thursday Downers Grove activities.
Thank you in advance for being flexible with these changes. I feel the overall experience will be better with the option of moving indoors at DGS in case of bad weather. Hopefully we will still be able to complete all of the originally planned activities, even if it’s somewhere different than planned.
Also, huge thanks to the Duax family for allowing the team to finish the day at their house on Thursday!

If you have any questions about these changes, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Doug Plunkett

Computer Science Teacher
Girls Cross Country & Track Coach
Downers Grove South HS