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Check here weekly for news and notes concerning the life of the Naperville North High School Girls' Cross-Country and Distance Track Program. Information on this site should answer many of your questions, but you should always feel free to e-mail Mr. Iverson at
LINKS FOR CROSS COUNTRY NEWS...
Here is the link for Dyestat, and it features results from around the country.
Here is another MileSplit Illinois, and it has some really good coverage of the sport in the state and nationally as well. Finally, ILXCTF.com is a site run by reporter Mike Newman that keeps detailed coverage of Illinois results and rankings.
Both these sites feature lots of race results, plus good general coverage of the sport in Illinois and throughout the country.
Training shoes and racing spikes can be purchased at Naperville Running Company (in downtown Naperville) as well as at Dick Pond Shoes (in Lisle). As you have questions about shoes, please be sure to ask!
Last Updated on: October 14, 2018
On a cold, dew-covered Saturday morning at Waubonsie Valley High School, the team scored an emphatic victory at the DuPage Valley Conference Championships. Alex Morris led Campbell Petersen, Maggie Gamboa, Lucy Westlake, Audrey Mendrys, Megan Driscoll and Molly Morton on a sweep of the first seven places to score a perfect 15 points. It was the seventh conference championship in a row for the team. The performance of the entire team was truly represenatative of the hard work and effort put in by everyone both this entire year, as well as on Saturday. It was truly an excellent way to kick off Championship Season. We now move into the week of regionals where we get the chance to compete twice, both at the Palatine Last Chance Invitational on Tuesday, as well as at the IHSA Regional Championships on Saturday. Both will offer tremendous chances to take strong steps forward, and we hope to have trmendous support at both meets!
A Great Night at Twilight!
Four races. Four great performances. Four team championships. Against the very best in the state of Illinois, the team ran great races all the way through. It was a very tough night to run, featuring temperatures that hovered at about 85 degrees the entire night and winds that blew steady at 23 miles per hour. In spite of this, the girls turned in a truly wonderful evening of running. The night started off with a win in the open race, led by race champion Lucy Iverson and followed by top ten finishes from Ava Chesnut (4th), Mia Lagioia (6th), Kaylee Hipp (8th) and Ishika Sadhukhan (8th). The freshmen/sophomores were next, led by Kate Donaldson's 2nd place overall finish. She was followed by Sophie Golobitsh (5th), Josie Bond (10th), Kelsey Nardi (14th) and Jillian Carroll (17th) to complete the scoring. The JV race was perhaps the most dominating of the evening, with race champion Natalie Walsh leading a 1-4 sweep with Claire Bruce, Alexa Betjemann and Gracie Cheatham in the 2-4 positions and Julia O'Dekirk close behind in 7th to complete the team scoring in a scant 17 points.
In the varsity race, the team was led by Alex Morris' 3rd place overall finish, but was supported by an amazing pack of Audrey Mendrys (13th), Lucy Westlake (15th), Campbell Petersen (17th) and Claire Hill (22nd) to complete the scoring. Megan Driscoll and Maggie Gamboa finished 23rd and 24th to add significantly to the team effort. Molly Morton (32nd), Sophie Bruce (66th) and Jana Dawson (72nd) completed a wonderful team effort. Congratulations to all who raced on Wednesday, as you each contributed a strong verse to the ongoing chapter of this season. We are excited to see where we can go as we approach Championship Season beginning next week at DVC!
HERE are the results from Twilight
Awesome Team Performance Yields a Runner-Up Finish at Griak
On a day where temperatures struggled to reach 50 degrees, the team turned in perhaps its finest performance at the Roy Griak Invitational. The team executed its race plan very well, and it placed seven runners in the top 40 overall. Campbell Petersen led the way with a spectacular 7th place overall finish, and she was followed by Alex Morris, Claire Hill, Maggie Gamboa, Audrey Mendrys, Lucy Westlake and Megan Driscoll all finished in the top 40 of this prestigious invitational which featured six teams ranked in the top 25 of the country. Molly Morton, Madeline Cody and Jana Dawson completed the team performance on the day. It was also a great day for Illinois, as Yorkville won the meet in an awesome performance and Downers Grove South finished third. And now, we turn our attention to the Twilight Invitational on Wednesday at home, where we re-unite the entire team! We hope to see lots of you there!
What a GREAT Night at the Naperville Invite!
JV Wins, Varsity and FS Second!
On the season's first truly fall day, the team turned in three excellent races featuring many all-time bests and some tremendous team racing. The Freshman-Sophomore Team kicked off the day by putting all five scorers in the top 13 overall. Keya Porch led the way in 6th, while Safiya Bhanpuri, Jillian Carroll, Abby Grace and Josie Bond finished 10-13 to complete the team scoring. The Varsity also finished second, and they were led by a tremendous performance from Megan Driscoll in 4th place overall, while Molly Morton finished 7th. Madeline Cody (17), Jana Dawson (21) and Sophie Bruce (22) completed the team effort in a strong second place to a great Downers Grove South team. Finally, the JV team scored a scant 19 points to win comfortably. They were led by a 1-2-3 finishe from Alexa Betjemann, Natalie Walsh and Claire Bruce. Julia O'Dekirk was 6th and Gracie Cheatham 7th to complete the team performance. It was a tremendous step forward for everyone, and it sets us up well for our trip north this coming weekend to Minnesota. Congratulations to everyone on a tremenous team performance!
Delayed a Week, the Season Opens with a Successful FTTF Invite! Varsity, Open Win Decisively
After a week that saw our opening meet canceled due to rain in the Quad Cities, the team finally opened its 2018 season with wins at the prestigious First to the Finish Invitational at Peoria's Detweiller Park. The weather was nice, but the course was soft after several days of rain, and the girls ran extremely well against much of the state's very best competition. The meet featured six of the current top seven teams in the state of Illinois. In the Open Race, the team executed the team race plan well, as they moved throughout to take places 2-6, scoring 20 points for the win. Kate Donaldson, Jana Dawson, Sophie Golobitsh, Sophie Bruce and Kelsey Nardi represented the scoring five for the open team. In a race of (not kidding) 708 runners, the entire team ran incredibly well.
In the varsity race, the team was led by Alex Morris' 4th place finish and was followed by Campbell Petersen in 10th, Audrey Mendrys (13th), Lucy Westlake (14th) and Maggie Gamboa (17th) to complete the scoring. Claire Hill was impressive in 21st, as was Megan Driscoll (33rd), Madeline Cody (37th), Molly Morton (40th) and Wagner Osborne (73rd), who completed the team effort. The effort was truly impressive, as it compared favorably with amazing efforts from Downers Grove South and Yorkville, both of whom will be tremendous competion all year long. The most exciting thing about our effort this week is that we still have improvement we can see in significant ways. Truly, however, this was a very, very good start to our 2018 season!
Nesci Toll House Wins the Intrasquad!
Nesci Toll House emerged victorious from a well-balanced field in the 2018 Annual Intrasquad Meet at Blackwell Forest Preserve on Thursday. Led by Audrey Mendrys' third-place finish overall, they put all five runners in the top 33 in the field to finish with a score of 94 points, nine better than the second-place Science Alliance. Alex Morris led the way individually, running a fine time of 14:27 over the course measuring a bit over 2:5 miles and including the Blackwell Hill near the end. In all, it was tremendous first experience, and it is clear that, with effort in the coming weeks and months, we are truly capable of great things! Congratulations to everyone on a well-fought competition, and we are proud of the progress we have already made together.
In addition to the top team on the scoreboard, I-Run earned the title of "best team name" for its combination of basic truth (I run), physiological necessity (Iron), technological prowess (Irun) and basic pun-i-tude. Well done, ladies. you had tremendous competion from the likes of "Finding Teamo" and "Truck Yeah..." Anyway, the results from the Intrasquad can be found at THIS LINK.
Naperville North Girls' Cross Country
Upcoming Stuff to Know...
Click HERE to go to the schedule page for all the upcoming dates and times to know...
Thank you to those of you who helped us out at the Twilight Invite! We could not have done it without you!
The IHSA Regional Meet is at Oswego East High School, and the girls not on the State Team can either come on the bus or get their own ride. Our race is at 9:00 a.m.
All runners are required to be at practice until the state meet, but athletes who completed their racing for the year may take a day here or there to catch up as long as they notify the coaches that they will not be at practice. Those not in the top seven will still be competing at Palatine Tuesday, and at the Monster Dash the following Tuesday. They have the option to compete at NXR the weekend after state.
If you wish to give your daughter permission to drive to- and from- our off-campus practices (either to drive themselves or as a passenger), please go to THIS FORM and fill it out.
Please check back here periodically as updated information becomes available. Parents -- if you would like to be on our XC e-mail list and are not, please e-mail Mr. Iverson.
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!
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.