On Saturday, Feb.24, the DGS Girls Track & Field team traveled to Batavia to compete in a quad meet against Oswego, Glenbard North, and the host school Batavia. No team scores were kept as this was only the 2nd meet of the season, but the girls performed well and showed improvement over last week’s home opener.
The Mustangs finished the day with three 1st place efforts. Erin Reidy (So) placed 1st in the 800m run with an excellent time of 2:19.57. In a dual with an accomplished Oswego runner (Isabelle Christiansen), Erin took the lead on the 2nd lap and slowly pulled away for the victory. Brenna Cohoon (So) led a host of Mustangs to the finish line of the 1600m race. Brenna led from start to finish to win with a season best time of 5:24.22. The DGS distance crew dominated the race finishing with the first 6 places, all within 7 seconds of Brenna. The 4x400m relay team of Kelley Hackbarth (Sr), Alisha Macas (Jr), Erin Reidy (So), and Becky Versaskas (Jr) won the final event of the meet with a great time of 4:11.99.
The Mustangs also garnered several 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Maddie Manganiello (Sr) placed 2nd in the long jump with a leap of 16-7.5. Two DGS relay teams placed 2nd. The 4x200m relay team of Izzy Taylor (Sr), Asia Branch (Sr), Alexus Allen (Sr), and Clarice Maes (Sr) completed the race in 1:52.76. The 4x400m relay team of Kelley Hackbarth (Sr), Kennedy Warden (So), Melissa Weidner (Jr), and Alisha Macas (Jr) finished 2nd in 10:07.69. Becky Versaskas (Jr) and Kennedy Warden (So) finished close together in 2nd & 3rd places in the 1600m run with times of 5:26.76 and 5:26.81 respectively. Asia Branch (Sr) claimed 3rd place in the 55m dash with a time of 7.89 seconds while Clarice Maes (Sr) took 3rd in the 200m dash with a time of 28.38 seconds.
Full meet results can be found on the Athletic.net website. All DGS individual results and splits can be found on the Schedule/Results page. Pictures from the meet (courtesy of Laura Duffy) can be found on the Pictures/Video page.
The Mustangs will return to action next Thursday (March 1) at the 15-team North Central College Invitational.
Excitement for the DGS track & field season begins with returning all-state jumper, Maddie Manganiello (Sr). At last year’s state meet, Maddie placed 7th in the long jump. She returns this season with aspirations of finishing in the top 3. Maddie will also join a relatively young sprint crew that looks to gain valuable experience and improve as the season goes along. Other top returning sprinters & jumpers include Clarice Maes (Jr), Mia Burgonio (Sr), Asia Branch (Sr), Katie Meyr (Sr), Hailey Rodden (Sr), and Izzy Taylor (Sr). There is a large freshman group of sprinters that will hopefully make contributions as they begin to learn their events and particular talents.
After a great cross country season (5th in the state), the Mustangs expect to once again have a strong distance contingent on the track. Several distance runners are returning with state track meet experience. Brenna Cohoon (So) qualified for state in the 3200m last season, and placed 16th. She is also fresh off a breakout cross country season where she earned all-state honors and set a new 3-mile school record.
Erin Reidy (So) qualified for state in the 1600m, and placed 24th last season. She was also part of a 4x800m relay team that qualified for state and finished 18th. Other returning members of the relay team are Becky Versaskas (Jr), Melissa Weidner (Jr), Alisha Macas (Jr), and Gillian Thomas (Sr). These girls, along with Olivia Duax (Jr), Kelley Hackbarth (Sr), Allison Calek (Jr), and newcomer Rebecca Diddia (Fr), provide the nucleus for a solid distance squad that will look to improve and return to the state meet in several events.
Hopefully, all of these athletes and the many not listed here will help the Mustangs achieve a successful season! You can access the Schedule/Results page to find our meet schedule, meet line-ups, and individual results.
The DGS Girls Track & Field team will open up the 2018 season at Hinsdale Central on Saturday, February 10. The Mustangs will be competing against Naperville North, Proviso East, Westinghouse, and the host Hinsdale Central team. The meet begins at 9:00 am with field events, and at 9:30 am, the running events will begin. The bus will leave DGS at 7:30 am (be here at 7;15 am).