Girls Cross Country State Recap


Anthony Espensen


North’s girls cross country  was led by Madison Dierks (’20), Giana Sagona (’20)) and Sydney Elder (‘21). These three have ran varsity every year and have contributed to the team at the state tournament in recent years. Once again these three outstanding runners led North the entire season which eventually led to a 7th place finish in the state meet. 

The state championship race was ran at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois. North’s first runner to cross the finish line was senior Giana Sagona. Sagona came in 32nd place and finished with a total time of 18:06.92 and had a mile pace of 6:02. Dierks came in shortly behind her at 35th place, she finished the race at 18:13.04 and ran a mile pace of 6:04. This was the duos last race and possibly the last time ever running organized XC. They’ve both had incredible careers at North and have been great role models on and off the course.

The next runner to come in was Sydnie Elder (’21). Elder cruised in at 41st place with a race time of 18:19.37, her mile time was only a few seconds off her teammates at 6:06. Caitlyn Corso (20’) was the fourth Thunder runner to finish the race, at 19:06.86 and ran at a 6:22 mile pace. The last North runner to score for North was freshman Alexia Pecora. She finished with a time of 19:13.57 and ran it with a pace of 6:25 per mile.

 “Definitely for me, my team is what motivated me this season. Everyone on the team is pretty close and we have a lot of seniors this year, so the goal was really to just make their last year a good one and enjoy the season. I think our team is really what motivates all of us. We just try to do our best every race and try to get better every time,” said Sydnie Elder (’21).

Next year the Thunder are returning a lot of underclassmen runners who are looking to continue the tradition of winning in Belvidere North cross country.

Corso (20’) said ̈ Next year we still have a lot of talent and should be able to continue our success.” North hopes to continue its dominance in the NIC-10 and to keep running at Detweiler during November.