DGS Mustangs Relays Preview: Super Sweepstakes

4x800 relay-

The defending meet and all-time indoor champion Prospect is back and the team to watch. Lily Ginsberg (Sr.), Meg Peterson (So.), and Veronica Znajda (Jr.) are back. They ran 9:04.68, which could be in play if the Knights did compile an aggregate time trial of 8:58.9 in August. Yes, this was during cross country and on an outdoor track, but the point is the talent is there. The Knights have been relatively quiet to this point, and that is okay. 

Thre will be a new wrinkle in the program with the addition of cross country power York. The Lady Dukes have had some stellar middle-distance runners in the past, and Monday night will provide them an opportunity to strut their stuff.

Downers Grove North and Naperville Central will also deploy their best units for the first time this season. The Trojans have key runners Lily Eddington (So.) and Ava Gilley (Jr.). The Red Hawks will counter with their best distance runner Liv Phillips (Sr.) as part of the quartet. 

Chicago St. Ignatius, Chicago Lane, Yorkville, and Minooka have a fleet of runners in the mid to high 2:20s, they have an opportunity to go out possibly break 9:40. This would build their confidence for the future and part of knowing how to piece state level units together could begin here.

4x200 relay-

Chicago Whitney Young is the state leader at 1:44.27. There are six sections, and things usually get interesting around the fourth one. We could see our first sub 1:50 winner in section five with Bolingbrook. Keep an eye on their ace Kristyn Johnson (Sr.).

The final section features six teams, all seeded under 1:49 with York leading the way at 1:44.00. The speedy Lady Dukes have sub 26-second 200m runners Elaine Paul (Sr.) and Morgan Navarre (So.) as part of the quartet.

Lincoln-Way East is strong with Kyra Hayden (Jr) somewhere on the unit.

Add in Prospect for depth and Charlotte Deines (Sr.) on anchor.

4x400 relay-

There are five sections ready to greet the faithful. Prepare your eyes for section five, top-seeded Minooka at 4:07. The Indians missed the final fast section but could make things interesting for everyone. Batavia and Naperville North could challenge under 4:10.

The showstopper appears underrated on paper but will be fast and may produce the best time in the state. York, Lane, and Neuqua Valley post 4:06 marks and very well could get close to 4:00. Don't forget the defending champs from Prospect. They are listed at 4:06 and will undoubtedly be in the mix.