Girls cross country takes second

Girls cross country takes second

Rachel Nelson, Reporter

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, North’s girls cross country team competed at state finals in Peoria, Illinois. The team took second individually, bringing home a state trophy for the third year in a row.

The individual placements were: Gianna Sagona (‘20) finishing in 7th, Sabrina Elder (‘18) finishing in 17th, Madison Diercks (‘20) finishing in 21st, Sydnie Elder (‘21) finished in 42nd, Kayla McGuire (‘20) and Mia Rodriguez (‘18) finished in 53rd and 54th, and Olivia Zaluckyj (‘20) finished in 96th.

Sagona had a time of 17:21; Elder with a time of 17:44; Diercks with a time of 17:48; Elder with a time of 18:25; McGuire and Rodriguez both ended with a time of 18:36 and Zaluckyj finished with a time of 19:11. North’s three top runners of the day, Sagona, Elder and Diercks, qualified for the All-State Team.

“Our goal was to have a great time and leave it all on the course. Everybody did their best and they all had fun,” said Sagona.

Diercks was not feeling the best during the race, which she acquits to having low blood pressure.

“At the beginning of the race I felt strong, but as the race progressed I started to lose energy, and I felt really weak. I think it had something to do with my blood sugar levels. I’m not really sure what went wrong. It also took me a long time to recover after the race,” said Diercks.

The team lost their 2016-17 season state champion runner, Jenna Lutzow, since she was a senior last year. But that hasn’t stopped them. They still dominated the board at Regionals gaining a champion title there, and then they dominated at Sectionals gaining another champion title. Diercks took first in both at both of those qualifiers. Her times for the races were: 17:41 at Sectionals and 18:08 at Regionals.

“I think that the team performed well. Anytime we bring back a state trophy is rewarding. It was great to see them come together like they did. They were all laying it on the line,” said Coach Husser.

In the 2015-16 season, the team took 2nd at state and in the 2016-17 season, they took 1st place. Now in the 2017-18 season, they have taken 2nd again.

The team that took first this year, Dunlap, had a score of 72. Their team is made of three seniors, which means that North could bring home another first place trophy again in the 2018-19 season.