Mustangs win 24th straight WSC Gold title!3 min read
On Satuday, October 15th, the DGS girls cross country team traveled to St. James Farm in Warrenville to compete in the WSC Gold Conference Championship meet. The Mustangs dominated the meet, winning team titles on all 4 levels of competition.
At the varsity level, DGS scored 34 points to take home the team title for the 24th year in a row. Nora Joy (Sr) led the Mustangs with her 3rd place finish. Nora ran with a lead pack of 4 girls for nearly the entire race. With about 1/2 mile to go, Isabella Garcia (Sr) from Morton made a strong move and began to pull away. In the rush to respond to Garcia’s move, Nora found herself in 4th place, but fought hard to push all the way into 2nd place. Unfortunately, Amelie Ojeda (So) from Willowbrook had another gear was able to pass Nora back in the last 50m of the race.
Sophie Ring (Jr) ran in 5th place nearly the entire race. She was being chased by Lettia Hoda (Sr) from Addison Trail, but Sophie safely pulled away over the last mile to finish in 5th place overall. Skyler Tomecki (Sr), Greta Paschall (So), and Lindsay Spear (Sr) ran together for most of the race battling runners from Willowbrook, Leyden, and Addison Trail. Over the last mile, Skyler pulled away to finish 7th, Greta placed 9th, and Rachel Rodi (Jr) who had been further back most of the race, charged to the finish in 10th place. Lindsay fell back a little at the end, but still managed a strong 13th place. All six varsity runners for DGS finished earning All-Conference honors.
The Mustangs dominated all of the other races, winning the team titles while having the individual champions in each race. In the first race of the day, the DGS freshmen scored 17 points, led by race winner, Jacie Selig (Fr). Jacie led the race from beginning to end, finishing nearly 40 seconds ahead of everyone else. Maddie Bodem (Fr), Gabija Dauderis (Fr), and Emily Gantz (Fr) kept the sweep alive, finishing in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places overall. Samantha Kafka (Fr) closed the scoring for DGS with her 10th place finish. Other all-conference freshmen included Annabelle Tung (Fr) in 13th place, Sam Sadelski (Fr) in 14th, and Sofia Sanchez (Fr) in 16th place.
In the sophomore race, DGS scored 18 points for the win. Like the freshmen, the sophomore Mustangs had the first 4 finishers in the race. Mar Duran (So) and Claire Posmer (Fr) led the race together until Mar pulled away in the last mile to take the victory. Claire ran steady to finish in 2nd. Elle Watson (Fr) and Lena Baker (So) finished 3rd and 4th. Ashley Cotner (So) completed the DGS scoring with her 9th place finish. All five of these finishers earned sophomore all-conference honors.
In the final race of the day, the DGS JV squad scored 28 points for the win. The Mustangs swept the top 3 places with Madelyn Sumlin (Sr) winning the race. She was followed into the chute by Anjali Kota (Sr) and Isabella Gutierrez (Sr). The next DGS finisher was Lilliana Jaeger (Jr) in 10th place while Cate Willard (Jr) placed 13th. All five of these DGS athletes earned JV all-conference honors.
This meet concludes the regular season competition. The varsity will begin the state series by competing on Saturday at the IHSA Hinsdale Central Regional meet at KLM Park.