Girls Cross Country going strong

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Girls cross country starts their race

Sofi Zeman, Reporter

    On Sept. 3, North’s cross country team participated in the Crystal Lake South Invitational at Veterans Acres Park. The course is in the top ten of the most difficult IHSA cross country courses. The trail has various narrow pathways and steep uphill portions that end in a large downhill 150 meters before the finish.

     The girls team took home two trophies when varsity won their race and junior varsity finished in fifth. For the first mile, the majority of the varsity team packed it together and held their place in the front of the race in one large group of red. Jenna Lutzow (‘17) won first place in the varsity race with a time of 19:52.02. Gianna Sagona (‘20) followed shortly behind. Other runners in the top five for North include Sabrina Elder (‘18), Alex Reza (‘20) and Olivia Zaluckyj (‘20).

     “I’m ready for this season and I’m confident in this team,” said Lutzow, “ You can expect to see us out on that podium at state.”

     On the junior varsity side of the girls team, Kayla McGuire completed the race in the top ten. That race consisted of many junior varsity runners in the top 70. This included Natalia Rudawski (‘19), Caitlin Corso (‘20), Anna Hulstedt (‘20) and Bonnie Konopka (‘19).

    The varsity boys placed in seventh at Crystal Lake meet. Though they had no runners in the top ten, North’s group was lead by Jake Martocci (‘17). Virgil Munymahara (‘18) placed 45 with a time of 18:45. The junior varsity runners left Crystal Lake with a trophy when they placed in fifth place.

     “With some of our runners being gone, I think that everyone did a great job,” said Logan Walsh (‘19).

    Coach Ken Husser is proud of both the boys and girls team after their first week of racing. The next meet will be the First to the Finish meet at Detweiler Park in Peoria and everyone will be going for a first place title.