Girls cross country continuing to dominate


The gilrs cross country team starts their race.

    The Belvidere North girls cross country team is continuing their dominance of the NIC-10 this year, as they have taken first in all of their meets except for one, in which they took second place.  Their first meet was the Sycamore Invitational on Aug 30, where Jenna Lutzow (‘17) finished in first place, followed by Gianna Sagona (‘20) in third, Sabrina Elder (‘18) in seventh, and then Madison Diercks (‘20) in ninth, Alexandria Reza (‘20) in tenth, and finally Mia Rodriguez (‘18) in eleventh. North was victorious in that meet by a very sizable margin, North’s final score was 27, and the next closest team’s score was 106.

      Next they traveled to Crystal Lake to take part in the Crystal Lake South Invite, where they competed with many Chicagoland teams.  North had six runners in the top 15, who were Lutzow in first, who beat her own personal record with a time of 19:52, then came Sagona in fourth, Elder in fifth, Diercks in seventh, Rodriguez in ninth, and Reza in 15th. North took first in that meet as well, with a score of 26, improving on the already impressive score they got in the first meet.

      After dominating the first two meets, the conference season began for the girls.  At the NIC-10 Preview meet the girls easily took first, showing that they are very likely to continue their dominance for another year.

      “The way we have looked in the first few meets, it obvious this team is something special,” said Lutzow, “We should win the conference, and I really believe that we have a great chance at taking state this year.”

     The latest meet the girls took place in was on Sept. 10 at the First to The Finish Invitational in Peoria.  Many consider this meet to be a preview of what the state meet will look like, and Belvidere North finished second out of 38 teams.  One of the reasons the girls didnt take first was because Lutzow had to take the ACT that weekend and was not able to attend the meet. If Jenna would have been at the meet and she would have scored the same amount of points she did in the previous meets, North would have won by over 20 points.

     “We have the chance to do something really incredible this year, I’m so excited to see how this year ends,” said Payton Lindsay (‘17).