The Season Ahead...Are we excited yet???
We have A LOT to do this week, as we prepare for the 2019 season! Please take a look at the right side of this page to keep abreast of what you need to do prior to leaving for the Camping Trip on Monday, the 12th. If you have yet to register for the season, pleas go to THIS LINK to sign up. It is the same link used to sign up for last years' camps or this years' sports, so your account should work just fine if you've already made one. Then, just browse camps and pick the "Girls' Cross Country." Please do this ASAP so we can have everyone on the roster to begin the season. It really does help. We have our registration day this week (Thursday), our Parent Meeting (also Thursday) and the Camping Trip (Monday the 12th) as our first organized events to kick off the season. Please make sure you pass this information along to anyone who might be interested in the 2019 XC season at Naperville North. The more, the merrier!
For the second straight year, the team finished as the second best team in the United States, running a great team race on a soggy course at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland at this year's Nike Cross Nationals. With temperatures in the low 40's, the team ran a strong race throguhout. Alex Morris led the way with an amazing 7th place overall finish. She was followed by Claire Hill (72nd), Megan Driscoll (83rd), Campbell Petersen (101st) and Lucy Westlake (113th) to complete the scoring, while Audrey Mendrys (129th) and Maggie Gamboa (181st) completed the team effort. Nike Nationals is always a tough competition, both because of the traditionally-tough course conditions, but also because of the sheer power of the field, featuring all of the best teams in the country. We should be very proud of what we have accomplished this year, and now, we can cheer on Alex as she runs in San Diego next weekend at the Footlocker Championships! Congratulations to everyone on a GREAT season!
Nike Cross Midwest Regionals Champions!
On a sunny, breezy, cold day in Terre Haute on Sunday, the team performed extremely well in all three races, and they earned a trip to Portland for the Nike Cross National Championships on December 1st. The day began with a strong 4th-place finish in the freshman-sophomore race, where Kelsey Nardi led the way with a 42nd place finish. She was followed through the chute by Jillian Carroll (45th), Keya Porch (52nd), Safiya Bhanpuri (56th) and Ellie Coderre (69th) to complete the scoring.
The Open Race team finished 2nd in the 45-team race, and they were led by Molly Morton's 9th place overall finish. She was followed by Kate Donaldson (20th), Jana Dawson (40th), Claire Bruce (43rd) and Sophie Golobitsh (50th). The team worked well throughout, and they moved strongly throughout the race.
In the Championship Race, the team scored 73 points to earn a victory over Yorkville, placing all five scorers in the top 40 overall. Alex Morris led the way with an excellent run, finishing second overall. She was followed through the chute by Campbell Petersen (27th), Claire Hill (29th), Maggie Gamboa (38th) and Audrey Mendrys (40th) to complete the scoring, while Lucy Westlake (51st) and Megan Driscoll (68th) completed the effort. It was truly an excellent performance against some fantastic teams. Congratulations to EVERYONE on a great performance! And now, it's ON TO PORTLAND!
For the third straight year, the team emerged from the IHSA state championships as the state champion. This year, it took an incredible team race to narrowly defeat a motivated and talented sqad from Yorkville, who finished a mere 7 points behind. Running the fastest top-five average in state history, the team needed nearly every second and every place to secure this title. The team was led by Alex Morris, who ran a stellar 16:10 for third on the Detweiller course, which ranks as one of the top five times ever run on the course, including those who beat her Saturday. She was followed by all-state performances by Maggie Gamboa (19th) and Campbell Petersen (25th). In addition, Lucy Westlake finished 28th, Audrey Mendrys (32nd), Claire Hill (34th) and Megan Driscoll (38th) to complete by far the best performance by an entire top seven in state history. Truly, it was an historic performance by a tremendous team that has taken all season and many athletes to build. It was truly exciting to watch, and an privilege to be a part of. And now, many of us head to Terre Haute on Saturday to run next Sunday in the Nike Cross National Midwest Regional Meet. We look forward to watching you run as the North Naperville XC Club!
On a perfect fall day at Waubonsie Valley High School, the team won the IHSA Sectional Championship with an excellent team performance, taking yet another step into Championship Season, and setting us up well for the State Championships on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Alex Morris led the way for the Huskies, as she finished runner-up in the race. Campbell Petersen led the next pack with her 5th place finish. She was followed through the chute by Lucy Westlake (8th), Claire Hill (10th), Maggie Gamboa (12th), Audrey Mendrys (13th) and Megan Driscoll (14th). The team had a 49-second split from 1-5 and a 65 second split 1-7. Truly, it was a great performance against some excellent runners! We now move on to the state meet, and we hope to see EVERYONE there on Saturday! Let's make this a GREAT week to be a Huskie!
We progressed another step into Championship Season on Saturday at Oswego East High School, as we earned a regional championship with a dominating performance on the campus course on a blustery, cool morning. Alex Morris led Campbell Petersen and Maggie Gamboa in a 1-2-3 sweep, and they were followed by Lucy Westlake (6th) and Audrey Mendrys (8th) to complete the scoring, and Claire Hill and Molly Morton finished 9th and 10th to put all seven runners in the top ten overall. Given that the meet featured several very good teams, it was an especially important step forward. The team ran with confidence and bravery as they moved through the field towards the top of the race. It sets us up for next week, when we look to take yet another step both at the Monster Dash on Tuesday and at the IHSA Sectional on Saturday at Waubonsie Valley HS. We hope again to see lots of you there!
Varsity Wins, FS Second at Palatine!
The team continued its march into Championship Season on Tuesday with a solid victory in Palatine at the Last Chance Invitational. Jana Dawson's individual championship led the way for the Huskies as they placed Kate Donaldson (3rd), Alexa Betjemann (4th), Sophie Golobitsh (6th) and Natalie Walsh (7th) close behind to complete the scoring in the varsity race. In the Freshman/Sophomore Race, the team was led by Safiya Bhanpuri's 5th place finish. She was followed by Jillian Carroll (7th), Abby Grace (9th), Keya Porch (11th) and Kelsey Nardi (12th) to complete the scoring, as the FS team finished second to Wheaton-Warrenville Sourth. In both races, however, the girls ran with tremendous grit and determination. It was truly an exciting day! We hope to see many of you at Regionals on Saturday!
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.
Upcoming Stuff to Know...
Click HERE to go to the schedule page for all the upcoming dates and times to know...
Important Summer Dates
Please Register for the 2019 XC season on-line at THIS LINK!
Just click on "Begin Registration, and choose "Girls' Cross Country."
We have our FIRST TUESDAY MORNING PRACTICE this Tuesday from 5:45-7:00 a.m. They are not mandatory for freshmen.
Uniform Short and Sweat Orders are Due NOW.
Thursday is Picture Day! Please be sure that all athletes have their jerseys with them. If they do not have a jersey yet, they will get one right after school that day.
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.