On Saturday, April 11th, the DGS girls varsity track team took 1st place honors at our own 8-team invitational. The Mustangs scored 124.5 pts to easily outdistance the 2nd place Lyons Township team (104 pts). It was a full team effort with scoring coming from field events, distance, sprints and hurdles.
Field event scoring came mostly from the dynamic duo of Kiera James (So) and Maddie Manganiello (Fr). Both were entered in the long jump and dominated finishing 1st and 2nd out of 15 jumpers in the event. Kiera took first with a jump of 17-3, while Maddie placed 2nd with a leap of 16-2.5. Kiera came back to place 2nd in the triple jump with an outstanding 36-6 leap. Maddie furthered the DGS cause by scoring 6th places finishes in both the high jump (4-10) and the pole vault (8-0).
In the four distance events, the Mustangs picked up 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th place points. The 4x800m relay team of Amanda Thate (Sr), Jillian Boyle (Jr), Mary Beine (Sr), and Megan Ocampo (Sr) placed 3rd (10:18.37). Katie Stapleton (So) placed 4th in the 3200m run with a time of 11:45.46. Maggie Seitz (Jr) placed 5th in the 800m running 2:29.94. Amanda Thate (Sr) took 6th place with 5:25.07 in the 1600m.
The sprinters dominated the competition scoring well in all of the shorter races. Nicole Muccianti (So) and Ariana Finley (Jr) placed 2nd and 5th respectively in the 100m dash with times of 13.17 and 13.38. Shaliyah Dixon-Tucker (Jr) took first in both the 200m dash (26.80) and the 100m hurdles (15.26). Soren Umali (So) doubled the scoring in those events by placing 3rd in the 100m hurdles (16.25) and 6th in the 200m (28.60). Lauren Wong (Jr) took 1st in the 300m hurdles with a great early season time of 48.53. Rachel Petro (Sr) won the 400m dash with another great time of 59.50. The Mustangs also won two out of the three sprint relays and placed 3rd in the other. The 4x100m relay team of Muccianti, James, Finley, and Dixon-Tucker placed 1st with 50.07. The 4x200m relay team of Muccianti, Beine, Umali, and Finely finished 3rd in 1:49.01. And the 4x400m relay team (Wong, Beine, Seitz, and Petro) capped off a great meet with a victory running 4:09.50.