Monday, September 14th - vs. Willowbrook Willowbrook’s meet was certainly an exciting one, I hope the live stream gave you a feel for the action! In the first half mile, two Willowbrook girls took an early lead and their number three runner wasn’t far behind Elena (our number two). Abby and Elena, paced themselves well early in the meet and took control of the race after the first mile. Yuliya and Charlotte, who started off behind Willowbrook’s number 4 runner did the same and slowly worked their way up behind their number 2. Then we had a large group of our number 5 – 8 runners with Olivia Rogers, Victoria Cius, Maggie Chen, and Natalie Fernandez-Cin all grouping up together early in the race which allowed them to all get Personal Records that were roughly between 40 seconds to 1:20!!! (*Note- our course is 2.8 miles long so I did a rough conversion based off the pace they were running to their 3 mile time to account for these PR’s).
Varsity Results For those who don’t know – if you take 1st , 2nd, 3rd in a dual meet you automatically win the race as there is no mathematical way for the other team to beat you. Going into the final finish loop we had 1st and 2nd secured and Yuliya was in 5th place. She passed the 4th place runner before making the turn into the loop and had an INCREDIBLE sprint to the finish to pass the 3rd place runner within 10 feet of the finish line. It was AWESOME to watch and even better to know we automatically won the meet! Of course, our team has so much depth this year that our number 4 (Charlotte), 5 (Natalie), 6 (Victoria), and 7 (Maggie) runners weren’t far behind finishing in 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th respectively. Our final score on the Varsity level was 19 – 41.
JV Results Since we ran one collective race, it was really hard to tell what was happening at the JV level until the finish. We also treated the race like an official Varsity level race meaning only the top 7 runners were on Varsity. So Olivia Rogers, who finished 11th in the race overall and CERTAINLY was running with the Varsity squad, took 1st place on the JV level followed by Noelle Arflack (4th) Ava Berg (5th), Caroline Munkhdelger (6th ), and Grace Koziol (8th). Ultimately, we won the meet with a score of 24 – 33.
This means we are currently undefeated on both the Varsity and JV levels!!! Way to go girls!!
Other Highlights from the Meet Aly Motherway had a side stitch within the first half mile but finished the race thanks to teammate Abby Lu who ran with her the whole time and supported her to keep running. Lizzie Tabachnikov ran OVER a 2 minute PR which means she ran about 40 seconds faster per mile – that’s IMPRESSIVE! Maggie Chen rolled her ankle but finished the race anyway with a 1:20 PR to place in our top 7. We are hoping for a speedy recovery!
Thursday, September 10th - vs. Addison Trail Coach Wilson and I could not be more proud of these girls and how much they are growing in one season. I’m fully aware that we started the season with minimal pre-season work, but so did everyone else. On Thursday evening, we again won both the Varsity and JV levels with what we call an “automatic win” on the JV level taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Almost EVERY single one of our athletes ran a personal season best despite the rain and muddy conditions!
On the Varsity level we took 2nd (Abby Petersen), 3rd (Elena Garcia), 5th (Yuliya Drabchuk), 6th (Charlotte Old), and 7th (Natalie Fernandez-Cin) to win 23 – 38.
On the JV level we took 1st (Ava Berg), 2nd (Noelle Arflack), 3rd (Olivia Dire), 5th (Tian Schulte), and 6th (Noelle Hayes) winning 17 to 44.
To highlight a few outstanding performances, I’d like to start with our freshman athlete, Aly Motherway, who ran her second 3 mile race ever and dropped her time by over 6 minutes!! Our second highlighted performance belongs to Sophomore, Ava Berg, who was pushed into the JV race this week but refused to let that hold her back. She won the race with a time of 24:40 – over two minutes faster than last week’s race and a minute off of her first time trial pace. This earned her back a spot on the Varsity squad for this Monday’s meet. Last but certainly not least, I want to recognize Juniors, Victoria Cius and Olivia Rogers, who had a rough start to the season but both significantly dropped their times by approximately 2.5 minutes in Thursday’s meet to run 23:40 and 23:26 respectively.
In addition – on Saturday we had MANY girls push themselves to run farther than suggested on their long run including: Noelle Arflack (6 miles), Lizzie Tabachnikov (6 miles), Zoe Funk (5 miles), Natalie Fernandez-Cin (6 miles), and Maggie Chen (5 miles).
The dedication is there and we just keep working together to improve each week. We are about half way through the season and already accomplishing great things ladies – let’s keep up the good work!
Thursday, September 3rd - vs. Leyden For those of you who were on the team last year, you know that we had incredibly close races with Morton, Willowbrook and Leyden – specifically losing to Leyden by one point in our dual meet. While they may have had a few seniors graduate, I could not have been more impressed with our athletes’ performances. Abby, and Elena took the lead right away and had absolutely no competition the entire race – running respectable times of 20:37 and 20:47. Yuliya and Charlotte both started off conservatively allowing some Leyden runners to be in front of them at first, but by the mile for Yuliya and by the 2 mile for Charlotte, they both were well ahead of all the Leyden girls giving us a clean sweep of places 1 – 4!!! Our 5th Varsity runner – Natalie, came in less than a minute behind this group at a time of 24:19 placing 8th overall.
After an impressive Varsity race, our JV girls stepped it up and brought the same level of intensity to the table. Maggie Chen – new to our team this week – was only told to race 2 miles. At the two mile mark she was first in the race and willingly dug deep enough to race that last mile so as to maintain a first place finish with a Varsity level time of 24:51. Senior Caroline Munkhdelger finished shortly behind Maggie, ALSO earning a Varsity level spot in next Tuesday’s meet with a time of 25:47. Then our JV girls followed that incredible start up by finishing 4th, 5th, 7th , 9th and 10th leaving little to no room for the Leyden girls to race against us.
Honestly, we just took over both levels and acted like there wasn’t any competition on the field for us – I can’t wait to see how we do against Willowbrook next week!
On the bus ride home, I acknowledged the following three incredible performances: Sophomore Maggie Chen – having never run with us before and this being her first week of practice taking 1st place in the JV level when she could have very easily dropped out at the 2 mile. Freshman Aly Motherway – racing her first full 3 miles in just over 36 minutes (you’ll notice on the time trial sheet she’s been working hard to get all the way up to 3) at a pace that is very similar to her 2 mile pace. Senior Caroline Munkhelger – running a time very similar to that of last year’s season end times and breaking her way onto the Varsity level for the first time in her running career!
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