Scouting Report: Downers Grove North Girls

The Downers Grove North girls' cross country program finished 8th in 2009, 10th in 2010, and 21st in 2011 at the 3A IllinoisState Cross Country Championships. It isn't really the direction you want to be headed, but Coach Tim McDonald believes this year is different. He says the team is looking good and the chemistry with the girl is a complete 180 from a year ago. Also, good for the Trojans is that they return six of their top seven runners from last year's team that competed at the state meet. The group is led by senior Gabrielle Hesslau who has made it to state all three years she has been on the team. She finished in the top fifty in 2009 and 2010 and was Downers Grove North's top place in 2011 crossing the line in 63rd place and a time of 18:06.00. Other returners include senior Jillian Kothanek, juniors Meghan Bonfield and Michah Pfotenhauer, and sophomore Rachel Krusenoski. All four have season bests under 19:00 and will round out the top five.  Sophomore returner Jenna Murphy who was the team's number seven runner last year at state looks to round out the group and compete for a spot in the top five as well.

The strength of this year's squad is depth.  The Trojans have a strong one thru six, but after that have a slew of freshman, and upperclassmen waiting in the wings. Coach McDonald says the incoming group of freshman could be one of the strongest he's had since he's been at DGN. The four freshman he says who have potential to contribute on the varsity level this year are Grace Maletich. Kaitlyn Bonfield, Anna Lauterbach, and Maci Schaub. Other returners who could be in the mix on varsity are senior Emma Burkhardt and juniors Stephanie Urbancik, Katie Portman, Sandra Dipauli, and Michaela Nicholson.  Class 3A is one of the toughest in the state and 2012 will be no exception with nationally ranked New Trier heading up the group. Look for Downers Grove North to send this senior classout  with their top finish in the past four years.

Coach Tim McDonald Says...

"We run a very tough schedule.  We really do not have one meet we are keying on. The first four invitationals are always important for us because we see just about everyone in the state (Fenton, Lake Park, Peoria Notre Dame, & Palatine Invites) and it gives us an idea of where we stand against the best."

"Our team goal is simply to come together and be running our best at the end of the season and we would like to walk away from Detweiller feeling like we had a great race.  Last year, the goal became to just make it to the state meet and we did not perform how we should have. This year we just want to finish the season feeling that we gave it our best shot."

2012 Returner's Top Times

Girls Three Mile Run (XC)

17:42.00 Hesslau, Gabrielle Richard Springs Invitational 2011-09-17
18:12.00 Kothanek, Jillian Richard Springs Invitational 2011-09-17
18:29.00 Pfotenhauer, Micah Illinois State Cross Country Championships 2011-11-05
18:37.00 Bonfield, Meghan Illinois State Cross Country Championships 2011-11-05
18:54.50 Krusenoski, Rachel West Suburban Silver Conference Championship 2011-10-15
19:18.00 Bates, Jessica Richard Springs Invitational 2011-09-17
19:23.00 Murphy, Jenna Illinois State Cross Country Championships 2011-11-05

Girls 3200 Meter Run

11:48.48 Proffitt, Allison Weber Invitational 2012-04-27
12:03.90 Pfotenhauer, Micah Homewood-Flossmor Girls Invitational 2012-04-07
12:34.62 Burkhardt, Emma Weber Invitational 2012-04-27

Girls 1600 Meter Run

5:16.52 Hesslau, Gabrielle Homewood-Flossmor Girls Invitational 2012-04-07
5:29.93 Krusenoski, Rachel Homewood-Flossmor Girls Invitational 2012-04-07
5:50.03 Portman, Katie Weber Invitational 2012-04-27
5:52.74 Murphy, Jenna Weber Invitational 2012-04-27

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