IHSA Sectional on Saturday!

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The DGS girls cross country team will compete in the Hinsdale Central IHSA Sectional meet at Katherine Legge Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • 11:00a   Girls race
  • 12:00p  Boys race
  • 1:00p    Awards

A total of 18 teams will be competing for 5 state qualifying places. According to DyeStatIL, the top teams in the Sectional are:

  1. Lyons Township (ranked #8 in Illinois)
  2. Hinsdale Central (ranked #10)
  3. Lockport (ranked #15)
  4. Downers Grove South (ranked #20)
  5. Benet Academy (ranked #22)
  6. Downers Grove North
  7. Sandburg
  8. Plainfield South

While the rankings give us a good idea who to look out for, the only thing that matters are the actual races results themselves. During last week’s three Regional meets, rankings were irrelevant as several upsets took place. At the Lyons Township Regional, Hinsdale Central upset the host school to win the title. Hinsdale Central was led by the 1st place finish of Reilly Revord (So) and bolstered by the return of Annie Zaher (Sr) to give them a very formidable 1-2 punch. Lyons Township has a mix of freshmen and seniors, led by Sara Barcelon (Fr) to give them a solid pack up near the front. Lockport also used a pack-running formula to secure the team victory at the Plainfield South Regional. Morgan Bollinger (Jr) fronts a very tight group of runners that are hard to break up. Both Downers Grove South and Benet Academy have front-runners that lead their teams to state qualifying hopes. Katie Stapleton (Jr) of DGS won the Plainfield South Regional meet with Clare McCabe (Sr) of Benet right on her heels. The two teams have each beaten each other once this season with Benet coming out on top at the Regional meet. Both DGS and Benet are positioned to take the final two qualifying spots if the rankings follow form. But there are at least three other teams that are not to be overlooked heading into Saturday’s meet. Sandburg, led by Erica Cerva (Jr), won their own Regional meet last week and continues to improve. Downers Grove North finished only 9pts behind DGS at the Plainfield South Regional behind their top runner, Emma Moravac (Jr), and will certainly look to close the gap. Plainfield South has a front-runner in Greta Carlberg (Jr) as they will look to push their way into the top 5 picture. When the dust settles at 11:30a on Saturday, the five best teams will have punched their ticket to Peoria and the IHSA State Meet!


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