Our Season Begins on August 10th!
So we now know that, as long as the COVID numbers hold steady here in Illinois, we will have a season. For now, here is what we know...
1. Our season begins on Monday, August 10th.
2. We can begin running meets in the last week of August.
3. For now, meets are likely to have three or four teams.
4. Races must be of fewer than 50 people.
5. We must continue to observe all mask, hygiene and social distancing guidelines.
6. We do not know whether we can have a state series.
7. MOST IMPORTANTLY -- We will make the most of every opportunity we are give this season!
Stay tuned. More information will be coming day-by-day.
12th in the Nation!
When we visited the course for the Nike Cross National Championships on Friday, Portland had not seen much rain for a few weeks. As a consequence, the course was in beautiful shape for a Saturday race. But then, Mother Nature stepped in to have her say, as the course took about 15 straight hours of rain between Friday night and Saturday morning, combining with temperatures in the mid 40s for a more typical Portland experience, leaving the course a muddy, sloppy mess. But that was not to deter the girls, as they braved the conditions with amazing attitudes and earned themselves a 12th-place finish among not only the 22 teams present, but also among every high school team in the country.
Maggie Gamboa's excellent 36th place finish led the team, but she was followed by a tight pack of Audrey Mendrys, Campbell Petersen, Molly Morton and Kate Donaldson of 15 seconds between 118th and 136th place to complete the team scoring while Sophie Golobitsh (141st) and Lucy Westlake (166th) completed the team effort. It was certainly a strong, brave effort on a very difficult day, and the entire team is better for it. Congratulations to the seven girls who ran on a truly great performance, but also to the entire team who through their passion and dedication all year long, made this happen. It was a fitting way to end the season! And now, we are on to track!
NXN Midwest Champions, and On to Portland!
FS Wins, Open Finish 3rd!
On Saturday in Terre Haute, at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course, the team had the chance to compete once again together, after three weeks of competing separately. And in every way possible, the team took advantage of the opportunity. The freshman-sophomore team led off the day with a convincing win, scoring 38 points, led by Safiya Bhanpuri's 8th place overall finish. She was followed by Norah Hess (10th), Sam Falkman (12th), Ellie Coderre (13th) and Peyton Milligan (18th) to complete the scoring for the team in the day's early race.
In the Open Race, the team competed against 42 other teams -- most varsity teams -- and emerged with a strong 3rd place overall finish, led by Jana Dawson's strong second-place effort. She was followed by Marissa Magana (29th), Madeline Cody (52nd), Claire Bruce (61st) and Josie Bond (108th) to complete the scoring in the 603-person event.
And finally, the last race of the day was the Championship Race, and the girls ran a smart, mature race as they kept their heads in a race that went out blazing fast. The girls had a lot of passing to do, but they were patient and persistent as they wove their way through the field. Maggie Gamboa led the team with her 13th place overall finish, and she was followed by Audrey Mendrys (38th), Molly Morton (44th), Campbell Petersen (95th) and Lucy Westlake (98th) to complete the scoring, while Kate Donaldson (111th) and Sophie Golobitsh (141st) completed teh team effort. And now, it is on to the Nike Cross National Championships in Portland! What a great series of accomplishments on a GREAT DAY TO BE A HUSKIE!
On a cool, pleasant, sunny day at Peoria's Detweiller Park, the team ran a strong, courageous race to earn the 2019 state championship -- our fourth in a row and tenth in program history. Each one of these championships have been deeply special, and this year is no exception, as injuries have been overcome, new leadership roles have been undertaken and new heights of achievement have been accomplished by many throughout the 70+ members of this team. And the result was a state championship. And it is truly one to be proud of.
The team effort was led by Maggie Gamboa, who finished 5th overall, and she was followed by a tremendous effort from Audrey Mendrys, who finished 8th. The team scoring was completed by Lucy Westlake (29th), Kate Donaldson (36th) and Molly Morton (44th). Sophie Golobitsh (69th) and Campbell Petersen (101st), who lost her shoe with a bit more than a mile to go. In all, the seven who got to compete Saturday did so in a way that clearly honored the hard work, passion and enthusiasm both they and the entire team put into the season. And now, we get the chance to take another step forward together at the Nike Cross Midwest Regional on Saturday, when we will compete as the North Naperville XC Club. We hope to see many of you in Terre Haute on Saturday as we get to compete again together!
After 18 straight hours of rain soaked the LeRoy Oakes Course a week ago, there were the several inches of snow that fell on Halloween and on the day prior. When the 40-degree temperatures melted that snow, it created a muddy mess seldom seen in the Midwest. Add to that the temperatures hovering in the mid-30's, it made for a truly interesting IHSA Sectional Championship on Saturday. The girls earned a trip to the IHSA State Finals next Saturday by navigating the mud with a mix of confidence, patience and boldness.
While everyone's legs emerged several shades of brown darker than when they started, the result was truly impressive. Maggie Gamboa led the way with her individual championship, but she was supported by a great team effort from Molly Morton (9th), Lucy Westlake (11th), Sophie Golobitsh (13th), Audrey Mendrys (14th), Kete Donaldson (16th) and Campbell Petersen (38th). Overall, it was a step forward as we look to get a little bit better next week. It was great to see everyone (parents, teammates and other supporters) there on Saturday, and we hope to see many of you in Peoria on Saturday!
The team took another step into Championship Season on a cool, breezy day at Oswego East High School on Saturday. They emerged victorious after a tremendous effort throughout the three-mile course. Led by Audrey Mendrys, Sophie Golobitsh and Kate Donaldson's 3-4-5 finish, the team scored a scant 33 points, with Campbell Petersen's 7th and Jana Dawson's 14th place finish completed the scoring. Marissa Magana (16th) and Madeline Cody (32nd) completed the team effort on the day as well. Congratulations to the seven of them for representing their teammates so well throughout the day. And now, it's on to the IHSA Sectional at St. Charles East on Saturday (with the Monster Dash on Tuesday for most of us!)... We hope to see lots of you there!
Palatine Last Chance Invitational Champions at Both Levels!
On a cold, blustery Tuesday afternoon, the team ventured north to Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Cook County. Although it is always a bit rushed, the girls in both races ran incredibly well in conditions that included a soft course and high winds throughout. There were a number of PRs and near-PRs as the team took its next step into Championship Season. To lead off the racing, Safiya Bhanpuri led a powerful pack of Huskies to a sweep of the 2-5 places, followed by Norah Hess, Sam Falkman and Ellie Coderre. Logan Brennan's 7th place overall finish completed the scoring for the freshman-sophomore squad. In the junior-senior race, Jillian Carroll led the team to victory with her overall individual championship. Gracie Cheatham and Sophie Benmore went 3-4, with Julia O'Dekirk 8th and Keya Porch 10th to complete the scoring and another team victory. The team scores certainly looked good, but truly, in every race, the team competed extremely well, working hard together and braving tough conditions with enthusiasm. We now turn our attention to the IHSA Regional on Saturday, and, we hope, another step forward!
In our first step into Championship Season 2019, the team earned its eighth straight DuPage Valley Conference Championship on the campus course at Waubonise Valley High School. The varsity race opened the day with an individaul championship from Maggie Gamboa, who broke the course record held by former teammate Sarah Schmitt. Maggie was followed by Molly Morton in 4th, Audrey Mendrys in 5th, Lucy Westlake in 6th and Sophie Golobitsh in 8th to complete the scoring. Kate Donaldson (9th) and Madeline Cody (10th) joined their teammates in the top ten while Campbell Petersen (14th) and Marissa Magana (15th) also earned all-conference recognition.
In the open race, the team ran a great race to finish 2nd. They were led by Vanessa Lee's 3rd place finish, and they were supported by Reyah Doshi (9th) Shannan Healy (11th), Christina Gu (15th) and Haley Glowacki (18th) to complete the scoring. In both races, the girls ran a tremendous team race, moving well throughout on the challenging terrain. It was an excellent first step into Championship Season, which will continue this week at the Palatine Last Chance Invitational on Tuesday, and with the IHSA Regional at Oswego East on Saturday. We hope to see many of you there!
Twilight Champions at Varsity, FS and JV Levels!
On a beautiful, clear October Wednesday, the team took to the somewhat-dried-out course on campus and took a strong, clear step forward with four excellent races at the Twilight Invitational. The course, which had soaked up most of the four inches of rain that fell in the area in the last two weeks, had many soft, muddy spots, but it did not appear to affect times much, as the girls set many personal bests on the night. The Open Race led off with a strong performance from Jinna Yun in 3rd and Macy Fleury in 10th. The team finished 4th overall and featured several truly excellent races. The day continued with the Freshman-Sophomore Race, which was won by the Huskies with a scant 28 points. Ellie Coderre led the way for the team with her 2nd place finish, but she was followed immediately by Safiya Bhanpuri and Norah Hess in 3rd and 4th. Kelsey Nardi was 6th and Logan Brennan 13th to complete the scoring in a wonderful team performance. The JV team scored 54 points to win their race, led by Jillian Carroll's runner-up finish. Josie Bond was 5th, Gracie Cheatham 8th, Wagner Osborne 17th and Keya Porch 22nd to complete the scoring in that race.
In the varsity race, the team scored 56 points to lead a fantastic field of great runners. Maggie Gamboa was 4th overall, followed by a great pack of Audrey Mendrys (13th), Molly Morton (16th), Jana Dawson (17th) and Lucy Westlake (20th) to complete the scoring. Sophie Golobitsh (32nd), Kate Donaldson (35th), Marissa Magana (40th), Madeline Cody (43rd) and Claire Bruce (61st) completed the team effort in that race. Congratulations to everyone on a truly special day for our program -- one which we hope will launch us into a Championship Season, where we can continue to take steps forward over the next several weeks. We hope to see everyone again at Waubonsie Valley High School on Saturday at DVC!
4th at a Delayed Naperville Invite and Runner-Up at Griak!
The weekend started with an 18-hour lightning show where we thought we might have a window of opportunity to run the meet on time -- but it was for naught. So the Naperville Invite was run on Saturday morning on a soggy, muddy home course with the four teams who could return. While the Huskies finished fourth among those teams, they had some excellent performances, especially given the course condidions. Marissa Magana led the Huskies is that race, finishing 8th overall. Claire Bruce finished 17th, Norah Hess 19th, Safiya Bhanpuri 20th and Kelsey Nardi 21st to complete the scoring. In spite of the less-than-ideal conditions, we are proud of the attitude shown by the girls, and the enthusiasm they showed throughout.
At the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday at the University of Minnesota, the team ran a great team race led by Maggie Gamboa's 6th place overall finish to finish second overall to an excellent team from Cherry Creek High School in Colorado. On a crisp, beautiful fall day, team also featured excellent runs from Audrey Mendrys (19th), Molly Morton (41st), Kate Donaldson (59th) and Lucy Westlake (60th) to complete the scoring. Jana Dawson, Madeline Cody and Sophie Golobitsh completed the team effort on the day. It was a tremendous learning experience for the team, and both meets this weekend represented a step forward in the journey of this season. Congratulations to everyone, and we look forward to taking the course again in a week at Twilight!
A Great Day at Detweiller!
The team turned in two more impressive races on a warm, sunny day at the state's most famous course. At the First to the Finish Invitational, the Open Race began the day for the team, with Claire Bruce and Ellie Coderre finishing 1-2 in the 739-runner race. The team scored a scant 21 points, with Kelsey Nardi finishing 4th, Safiya Bhanpuri 6th and Norah Hess 8th to lead the team. In the varsity race, the team scored 53 points en route to a victory against some excellent teams. Maggie Gamboa led the way in the varsity race with her 3rd place overall finish. She was followed by Audrey Mendrys (7th), Lucy Westlake (11th), Sophie Golobitsh (13th) and Kate Donaldson (15th) to complete the scoring. Molly Morton (16th), Madeline Cody (37th), Alexa Betjemann (52nd), Marissa Magana (62nd) and Jillian Carroll (77th) completed the varsity team effort. It was a really great team day, with some really great times, especially for the temperatures. Congratulations to everyone on a GREAT step forward, and we look forward to a week off of competition this week before splitting our team to compete at the Naperville Invitational and the Griak Invitational the next weekend.
Team Opens with Three Great Races at PV!
In an excellent beginning to the year, the team traveled across the border to Iowa last weekend and emerged with three great efforts and three race championships. Running against the #1 team in Iowa and the #2 team in Minnesota, the varsity team was led to a narrow, one-point victory over Edina High School from Minnesota by Maggie Gamboa's individual championship. She was followed by Audrey Mendrys in second, Molly Morton (11th), Lucy Westlake (12th) and Jana Dawson (14th) to complete the scoring.
In the freshman-sophomore race, Sophie Golobitsh and Marissa Magana went 1-2, and both broke the previous meet record with their times for the FS race. In the JV race, Alexa Betjemann and Jillian Carroll finished 2-3 to lead the team. In all three races, the team erased significant defecits in team scores over the first mile of each race. The girls ran a patiently-aggressive race in each of the three races, and they navigated one of the toughest courses anywhere in the Midwest extremely well. Congratulations to everyone on a GREAT first step this season! We now turn our attention to our trip to Detweiller Park on Saturday. Let's have a GREAT week!
Wicket Fast Proves Itself to be, well... Wicked Fast
On Thursday, the 2019 debuted in its annual Intrasquad meet, which was won by the aptly-named Wicket Fast squad. Scoring 93 points, Wicket Fast held off The Weigand by 10 points. They also sported the best 5th runner by the narrowest of margins, as Maisey Kenny was the fastest fifth by one place over Elissa Eaton of The Weigand. In the individual race, Audrey Mendrys won the overall title on the new course this year (altered due to trail closures). Overall, it was a tremendous preformance on a hot, windy afternoon.
In the always-tough competition for the most creative name, The Flock came out on top. This year, the coaching staff made the bold decision to widen the criteria for this prestigious award to include creativity in the uniform design. It was decided that, although "The Flock" by itself may not have been overly creative, their individualized uniforms depicting each of the coaches was impressive enough to warrant the award. So congratulations to The Flock on a well-earned award!
HERE are the results from the Intrasquad
Upcoming Stuff to Know...
Click HERE to go to the schedule page for all the upcoming dates and times to know...
Here is the TENTATIVE Season Calendar for planning purposes. Note that meets have not yet been fully confirmed, but it should give you an idea of what is coming. Changes will be made as they occur on this document.
Have an up-to-date physical.
A captains' fee will be required (checks to Rose Mendrys). It is $70, and you can pay by check or Venmo @Rose-Mendrys.
Here are our team COVID protocols this year. We need EVERYONE to work together to support this!
Monday, August 10th
First day of XC!
Thursday, August 13th
Picture Day 10:30am
Team Overnight @ NNHS Stadium
4:30 p.m.-7:00 a.m. (Friday)
Subject to change to Friday based on weather.
Notes from the 2019 Season...
HERE is the link to re-watch the Webcast for NXN!
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who helped out at throughout this entire year. From Great Lakes Relay to the Camping Trip to our home meets to NXR, we need LOTS of parent support, and you all are amazing. We truly cannot do what we do without your support! You are AWESOME!!!
Want a Booster Club Yard Sign? Please go to the Booster Club Website and consider joining as well!
Are you getting enough IRON?
CHEAP, ACCESSIBLE FERRITIN TESTS!!!
The local agencies who have made it possible to get ferritin tests without going first to the doctor have now changed their policies so that they will not test people under 18. One organization, Accesa Labs, does provide an option to request the test on-line. You need to sign up for an account, requesting the test and the reason for it (i.e. she is a distance runner concerned that her iron stores are healthy). Apparently, this is now working well, so please go for it!
Of course, you always have the option of going straight to the doctor but, in the absence of symptoms, sometimes primary care physicians are reluctant to order that test. I would still argue that regular ferritin tests are extremely important for young women runners to obtain.
HERE is a Guide that allows you to track the amount of iron you're getting in food regularly! PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!!!
Athletes and parents -- It is a good thing to remind us each of the importance of iron in our diets. Anemia is a common affliction that runners can face. Anemia is the lack of iron in the blood. When one's blood is iron-poor, it robs the red blood cells of the ability to carry oxygen to the muscles. This causes significant and sometimes severe fatigue and, at minimum, makes it impossible to perform as a runner at anything like your best. Therefore, it is best to make sure that your diet includes a tremendous amount of natural iron ALL THE TIME.
CANVAS -- Get your logs in!
Canvas logbooks will be expected to be turned in throughout the summer. IT IS MANADATORY IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE SUMMER T-SHIRTS. Freshmen will be given their logins during the first week of camp. This will be a great way to track your progress, and it is an important habit to get into. We anticipate no further major issues with Canvas, but should one occur, a copy of the season log can be found here in case you need it. If you absolutely cannot submit via Canvas, you may do it over e-mail. LOGS ARE DUE BY SUNDAY NIGHT OF EACH WEEK!
LINK TO CANVAS LOGIN
Follow Mr. Iverson on Twitter (@iversondan) for real time updates to the season calendar as they happen. They will be posted here, too.
Landscaping the Cross Country Course!
We need YOUR help to landscape our course on campus at NNHS. We hope to do our first installation late this spring or early in the summer, so that, by the time Twilight rolls around again, the course will look increasingly like the cross-country paradise we want it to be!
HERE is the listing of needed plants.
HERE is the up-to-date list of what has been dontated.
HERE is the overall plan.
If you are interested, please e-mail Mr. Iverson ASAP to pledge your plant. Checks can be made to "NNHS" and delivered to the Athletic Office.