DVC Champions at Both Levels!
For the ninth straight year, the Huskies earned the DuPage Valley Conference Championship at every level. On a breezy, cool Friday afternoon, the team ran well in all six races to take yet another step forward as a team. Highlights of the meet included many tremendous efforts and even some all-time personal bests, which was quite a feat on the relatively-difficult course at Waubonsie Valley. The day was led off by a sweep of the five scoring places in the JV race. Ellie Coderre won the individual championship, and she was followed closely by Ade Diederichs, Norah Hess, Sydney Day, Lexi Pera and Hannah Robertz in the first six places. In the varsity race, Audrey Mendrys won her first individual DVC Championship to lead the team to a convincing win. She was followed by Campbell Petersen, Lucy Westlake, Maggie Gamboa and Sophie Golobitsh in 2-3-4-7 to complete the scoring.
In the Open 1 race, Morgan Flood led the way with a convincing win, and she was joined by Ella Lezza and Bridget Kacedan in the top five. In the Open 2 race, Kylie Dawson earned the win, and she was followed by Camryn Hadaway in 3rd. In the Open 3 race, Macy Fleury's 7th place finish led the way. And in the Open 4 race, Sarah Kady, Hannah Walsh and Jana Kopal led the way with a 1-2-3 sweep of the race. Overall, it was a powerful, selfless performance. We continue to be proud of the progress we have made and will continue to make in the next few weeks. We hope to see many of you at Oswego East on Saturday at the IHSA Regional!
A Great and Unique Twilight!
For the first time in ten years of Twilight, the meet was held over two days. Fifteen teams participated, which is a particular feat under the current rules. The girls running on Saturday were not even allowed to attend on Friday to support their teammates. But in spite of that, on a course marked with jack-o-lanterns carved by their teammates, the team really responded with a great performance on a warm, breezy fall weekend! On Friday, the JV team ran in hot, windy conditions, but emerged with a convincing, 15-point perfect score. Molly Morton led the 1-5 sweep, followed by Safiya Bhanpuri, Madeline Cody, Kate Donaldson and Josie Bond. Ellie Coderre's 11th place completed the team effort. Four hours later, temperatures and wind had moderated, and the varsity team took the course. In a field of 15 teams, the team took five of the first seven spots. Maggie Gamboa's runner-up finish led the way, and she was followed by Lucy Westlake, Audrey Mendrys, Campbell Petersen and Sophie Golobitsh in 4-7. It was a convincing performance against some great teams.
When the meet moved to Saturday morning, the freshman-sophomore team race led off the day's races. The team responded with another 15-point sweep of the scoring places, led by Peyton Milligan. She was followed by Sam Falkman, Ade Diederichs, Norah Hess and Sydney Day to complete the sweep. Then, the meet proceeded with three open races. In the Open 1 race, Christina Gu's victory led the way, and she was followed by Madeline Andelbradt, Vanessa Lee, Toria Pickett and Amelia Hebel in 2-3-4-6 for a near-sweep. In the Open 2 race, Clara Longenbaugh led the way in 20th place. In the Open 3 race, Isabelle Hicks' runner-up finish led the way. She was followed by Lindsy Marassa in 3rd to lead a powerful team performance. Overall, it was a GREAT team performance. The team really did a tremendous job of working together, even when they could not physically be together. It was truly impressive to see! We now move forward to the DuPage Valley Conference Championships at Waubonsie Valley HS on Friday. We hope to see you there!
Another Great Meet at Neuqua!
Fall returned this week, and the team responded with another round of tremendous performances. Running against Neuqua Valley and DeKalb, the team excelled in its final tune-up before the Twilight Invitational and the DVC Championships the week after. With temperatures in the 40s and an overcast sky, the temperatures were ideal for distance running. The JV1 race got things rolling with Leah Jacobs' individual victory. She was followed closely by Nora Pfeiffer, Lucy Iverson and Lily Longenbaugh in 3-4-5 before Keya Porch completed the scoring in 7th. In the varsity race, the team was led by Marissa Magana's first varsity victory, and she was followed through the chute by Jackie Liu, Logan Brennan and Safiya Bhanpuri in 3-4-5. Kate Donaldson completed the scoring with her 7th place finish.
The meet continued with the JV2 race, where Amelia Bruce's lifetime PR led teh way with an individual victory. She was followed by Amelia Hebel, Eva Arriola, Jinna Yoon and Camryn Hadaway in 3-4-5-6. It was a truly great great performance, with more lifetime PRs. The great performances continued into the JV3 race, where Ellen Cody ran a season's best to finish second. She was followed by Adrianna Gutowski, Macy Fleury, Lexi Gibson and Sarah Kady, who completed the scoring by finishing straight from 4th to 7th places. Overall, it was a great day to run fast. And the girls certainly took advantage with numerous PRs. We now turn our attention to the Twilight Invitational, which will be held at home on Friday night and Saturday. We will know early in the week who will run when. Let's have a GREAT next week!
Some Great Performance in Warm Conditions at Home!
On a warm afternoon back on our home course, the team welcomed Naperville Central, DeKalb, Benet Academy and Rosary for a five-team meet. The girls responded with some excellent races in each of the four races over the afternoon. The JV1 team led off the effort with some great racing. Ade Diederichs and Lexi Pera finished 1-2 to lead the team, and then Madeline Andelbradt, Christina Gu and Jenna Lupo finished 4-5-6 to finish the scoring. In the varsity race, Maggie Gamboa led the way with her individual victory. She was followed by a 3-4-5 finish from Campbell Petersen, Audrey Mendrys and Lucy Westlake. Sophie Golobitsh completed the scoring with her 8th place effort.
In the JV 3 race, Allie Krolick led the way with her 3rd place finish. She was followed by Eva Arriola (7th), Amelia Bruce (9th), Camryn Hadaway (16th) and Adelaide Mendrys (24th), who completed the scoring. In the JV3 race, Ellen Cody's 6th place overall finish led the way. She was followed by Adriana Gutowski (18th), Maggie Moore (19th), Lexi Gibson (21st) and Macy Fleury (22nd) to complete the team score. The girls continue to work hard to learn and to grow as the season progresses. Friday night's races is no exception. As we head into October, we look for continued growth and development, and we are certainly excited by what we can accomplish together! We hope to see many of you at Neuqua Valley on Saturday!
The First Fall Day Yields Some GREAT Times at Neuqua!
Our first truly fall weather led to some fantastic times at Neuqua Valley on Saturday morning. The temperatures started in the 40's under sunny skies and the team responded with numerous personal bests and otherwise excellent performances. The day was kicked off by a 1-2-3 finish in the JV1 race from Hannah Robertz, Alyssa Hale and Celeste Rester. Vanessa Lee and Nora Pfeiffer finished 5th and 6th to complete the scoring. After the JV1 got things kicked off, the varsity team took the course and swept the first six places, with Audrey Mendrys' individual win leading the way. She was followed by Lucy Westlake, Campbell Petersen, Sophie Golobitsh, Julie Piot and Logan Brennan.
The momentum did not slow down in the JV2 and JV3 races. Camryn Hadaway and Jinna Yoon led the way in the JV2 race, finishing in 5th and 6th overall. Amelia Hebel, Allie Krolick and Grace Day finished 9-10-15 to complete the scoring in the race. In the JV3 race, Clara Longenbaugh came from far behind to win the race individually. She was followed as scorers by Ellen Cody (5th), Lindsey Marassa (12th), Isabelle Hicks (14th) and Hannah Walsh (15th). Overall, the team raced boldly and well throughout. We now have baseline times on all three courses we will see this year, so we are ready to get after some personal bests on each of those courses in the coming few weeks. For now, we look forward to our next opportunity on Friday at our home course!
A Step Forward at Waubonsie!
After a week of rain, the Huskies of Naperville North got their first chance to run a course that was a bit soft and slightly more challenging, but they responded in tremendous form, with the team turning in impressive performances at all levels. The day started with a 1-2 finish from Lexi Pera and Gail Vaikutis. Madeline Andelbradt, Ade Diederichs and Hannah Robertz closed out the scoring with their sweep of 5th-7th place. The varsity team took the course next and swept the first seven places led by Maggie Gamboa, Audrey Mendrys, Sophie Golobitsh, Lucy Westlake, Julie Piot, Campbell Petersen and Logan Brennan. The first two races definitely set the tone for a day of good, hard racing and for tremendous growth as a team. But they weren't done yet.
In the JV 2 race, Nora Pfeiffer led a sweep of the top six places. She was followed by Morgan Flood, Lauren Battaglia, Ella Lezza, Kayla Marx and Eva Arriola. And in the final race of the day, the JV3 team was led by Reagan O'Malley's individual win. She was followed by Lindsay Marassa and Clara Longenbaugh for a sweep of the top three places. Overall, the team had a tremendous week of training, and then competed with strength and heart. They definitely emerged from this week a better team than we were at the outset of the week. We look forward another opportunity to grow and develop as we race at Neuqua Valley on Saturday!
A Home Quad Meet Kicks Off 2020 in Style!
On a sunny, breezy Saturday morning at our home course on campus at NNHS, we hosted Benet Academy, Metea Valley and DeKalb to kick off our 2020 season. The team ran tremendous races in each of the four races, establishing a tremendous baseline from which to build as the season progresses. The day was led off with the JV1 Race, which was led by a 1-7 sweep of Huskies. Jenna Lupo won the race and was followed closely by Sydney Day. The Huskie Train continued with Gail Vaikutis, Alyssa Hale, Vanessa Lee, Hannah Robertz and Ade Diederichs finishing 3-7.
In the Varsity Race, Maggie Gamboa led the way with her individual victory, but she was followed closely by Audrey Mendrys and Lucy Westlake in 2nd and 3rd. Sophie Golobitsh was 4th and Julie Piot were 4th and 6th to close out the scoring. In the JV2 Race, Lily Longenbaugh fought through a tough side cramp to win the race, and she was followed by Celeste Rester, Lauren Battaglia, Amelia Hebel and Bridget Kacedan closed out the scoring in that race by finishing 3-6. In the JV3 Race, Nora Pfeiffer won the race, and Reagan O'Malley joined her in the top ten.
Congratulations to everyone, no matter what place they finished or what time they ran! Your effort was truly inspirational, and after six months of not racing, it was awesome to get back to it. Let's take another step forward next week at Waubonsie Valley!
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