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Downers Grove North High School

Downers Grove, IL, USA

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Re-live The WSC Silver Boys Championship Race Tony Jones Oct 22, 2015

Every state in the Union can brag about their best team or set of best teams. That is a given and a nature birth right to do so. However, when it comes to boys cross country, it would be incredibly hard to argue against the West Suburban Conference (Silver Division) not being the premier league in Illinois.

Palatine Girls Take Downers Grove North Ritter Invite Amid Warm Climes Tony Jones Apr 18, 2015

The extended above average climes in the Chicago land area has been a welcome relief to what most of us experienced during the usual cold winter. So it would behoove teams and individuals to take advantage of the situation before Mother Nature decides to flip the switch back to icy temperatures. The competitors at the Ritter Invitational hosted by Downers Grove North made good use of the situation and put in quality performances all around.

Downers Grove North Girls Bruce Ritter Invitational Preview Tony Jones Apr 17, 2015

Friday night is going to be a great night either way… you may be out and about enjoying the beautiful spring time weather that is expected to reach near 80 degrees on the Mercury. Or if you are near a track and field stadium in the Downers Grove area, grab something to eat and head to Carstens Field on the Downers Grove North High School campus.

Downers Grove South Mustang Relays Recap: Checkmate! Tony Jones Mar 10, 2015

"There is no "I" in team, but there is an "I" in win." This was the sentiment of one coach after an amazing evening of top notch performances at the Al B. Carius Indoor Track and Field on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. The "I" simply refers to one getting check mated like a chess match. Game over.

Illinois MileSplit Presents Flashback Friday: Boys 2014 State Final Analysis Tony Jones Feb 13, 2015

Last season was a banner year in boys track and field. The great regular season performances would go on and translate well in the state series. The state championship in particular was especially fun to follow and analyze. Check out the select coverage from the Milesplit IL team. They break down several events and two guest hosts assist them in Downers Grove North's Zack Smith and Ryan Clevenger.

Class 3A Boys State Championship Cross Country Preview Raymond Lewis Nov 7, 2014

State week! Historic Detweiller Park in Peoria has held a special place in my heart ever since I first ran there my sophomore year during the season but I don’t think I’m the only person in Illinois who feels that way. I’ve been to the state meet both as part of a qualifying team and to watch individuals from our school, and it is hard to parallel the excitement and energy at the park. 

Class 3A Girls State Championship Cross Country Preview Tony Jones Nov 7, 2014

Every state championship seems to bring out the best in Illinois runners. Could it be that historic Detweiller is the reason? Perhaps it is to an extent, but the real reason has to be better coaching of girls for the three-mile distance. Two seasons ago Madeline Perez of Glenbard West set the all-time record of 16:02. That performance and the other 86 girls who broke 18:00 confirmed the fact that girls can indeed run the same distance as boys with relevance and respect. This year times are fast and we all should see some wonderful team and individual performances on Saturday afternoon

Palatine Invite Preview: Another Good One Brewing Tony Jones Sep 26, 2014

In the NCAA ranks, this will be the first weekend that invitationals will count toward their "countable season". The countable season basically means results will count toward at-large consideration into the NCAA Championships. The IHSA does not have this (perhaps they should and that is a discussion for another day)...

Class 3A First To The Finish Invitational Preview Tony Jones Sep 12, 2014

Last weekend at the Hinsdale Hornet-Devil Invitational, the competition and atmosphere was incredible and at a post-season fever pitch. It is hard to think anything can top that just a week later. Let’s go out on the limb and at least predict the level of production and excitement on all levels will be of equal proportions.

EIU Showdown Kicks Off Illinois Harrier Season Tony Jones Aug 28, 2014

It was a brillant idea by a group of Eastern Illinois University alumni who at one time shined on the cross country course and track in their collegiate careers. The congomerate decided to start a cross country meet in their college's honor.

Class 3A Boys: Super 30 Pre-Season Preview Tony Jones Aug 26, 2014

"There are so many good teams but not enough time"- a wise quote from a high school historian who proclaimed that when a sport is good there is not enough time to really enjoy it. The upcoming boys large classification may fit that bill. A new star was born last year when Hinsdale Central joined the elite class and won their first state championship going away. This year it should be another great cast of scenarios for us all to follow and enjoy.... strap it up and make the time!

3A Girls Team Cross Country Pre-Season Preview: #1-#15 Tony Jones Aug 25, 2014

The cross country scene on Illinois' biggest stage is expected to be MAJOR this season. Consider the fact that defending state champion Glenbard West lost only one girl in its top seven (albeit the great Madeline Perez) and did not even contest themselves after the IHSA season. The Lady Hilltoppers will be in the proverbial catbird seat once again with the likes of a hungry and national teams like Naperville North and New Trier on their heels. Thus the pre-season hype is ready to explode. Don't forget about the hunters lurking just down under and waiting for their opportunity to pounce on those who they catch slacking.

Zack Smith Blog: Mustang Relays! Zack Smith Mar 9, 2014

Well Monday night is the night !  For most of the indoor season, a lot of us have been waiting for the Mustang Relays.  The race on Monday night should really start to give the state an idea of which relays will be coming out on top in May.

Proviso West Boys Invite Leads Super Weekend Charge Tony Jones Feb 23, 2014

Traditionally, the third weekend of the February is considered “The Super Weekend” of track and field in Illinois because it’s when teams really get to strut their stuff for the first time. So it should not be a surprise to hear coaches saying their athletes have been scratching and kicking on the barn doors all winter in anticipation of competing in some top notch invitationals.

Proviso West Boys Indoor Classic Preview Tony Jones Feb 21, 2014

The 49th Annual Proviso West Boys track meet has a few names that fans go by. One is the Proviso West Boys Invitational, Proviso West Boys Indoor Classic, or the Proviso West Boys 16-team Invite.  Whatever you wish to call to the meet it should be a good, quality meet if not great.

Milesplit illinois: Week 1 Recap Tony Jones Feb 17, 2014

The first week of full action actually began during the early portion of the week with a few dual, triangular, quadrangular, and even five-team meets.  There were some solid performances put up in contests that several Chicago suburban schools hosted in their field houses.

Zack Smith Blog: The Season Has Begun Zack Smith Feb 16, 2014

It’s great to be back following the opening weekend for many in this year’s track season! DGN opened up at Hinsdale Central last night, and there were a bunch of exciting performances on the track and in the field.

Zack Smith: College Signing Day, Shining Bright Zack Smith Feb 11, 2014

It's great to be back after another week of training as the indoor track season really begins to heat up.  This past week has been very exciting for me due to national signing day this on Wednesday.  I officially signed my National Letter of Intent to the University of Illinois, and I know that I am extremely blessed to get the opportunity to attend and run for such a great university in the upcoming years.

Zack Smith Blog: Operation Week 2 Training Zack Smith Feb 3, 2014

This is Zack, and it's nice to be checking back in! Wow, this has been quite the week in Illinois. This weather has really made it difficult to train, especially consistently. Consistency is crucial to a runner's training, and those who were able to accomplish this throughout this week have really demonstrated their dedication and love for the sport. Between the extreme cold earlier in the week and the snow that came in this weekend, the weather has separated the men from the boys

Zack Smith Blog: This Is Just The Beginning Zack Smith Jan 26, 2014

Hey, I hope that everyone is as excited for this upcoming track season as I am! I'm Zack Smith and I'm a distance runner for Downers Grove North. Running is something that I have become very passionate about in my life, and I am very excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to talk track with other enthusiasts from around the state during this upcoming track season. I want to thank the whole Milesplit crew, especially Mr. Jones, for contacting me and giving me the chance to blog for them this season, as it truly is an honor to be recognized by them.

Fighting Illini Land A Thoroughbred Doug Ackerman Nov 21, 2013

Zack Smith is a senior at Downers Grove North High School. He recently took 3rd place at the Illinois 3A State cross country championship in Peoria on November 9th and led his team to a 2nd Place finish. This past weekend he finished 5th at Nike Midwest in Terre Haute, IN to earn a trip to Portland in early December for a chance to run against some of the best in the country. He also made a verbal commitment to run next year for Jake Stewart at the University of Illinois.

3A Championship Recap: It's A West Suburban Silver Sweep! Tony Jones Nov 10, 2013

It was just several years ago that the Mid-Suburban League (MSL) had a strong hold on as the state’s best combined cross country conference. It was then that Palatine was the anchor team that ruled boys and girls high school running. Barrington, Mt. Prospect (Prospect), and Hoffman Estates are other strong examples.

Tony's Weekend Regional Exposition Tony Jones Oct 27, 2013

Regional championship weekend has often been looked at as a throw-a-way three day period.  It is the time of the year where many coaches scratch their heads and ask whether the regional format should be scrapped.  Rather than get into the political side, I want to take an opportunity to describe a positive vibe that I got while on the lamb covering two meets in a day.

Lockport Invitational Preview Tony Jones Oct 4, 2013

It shall be a new meet to cover in the month long lull period for yours truly.  The Locktoberfest as it officially called will be an interesting choice in the southwest Chicago suburb of Lockport.  If the thunderstorms can stay way and the Mercury does not reach the predicted 81F by game time, then those in attendance at Dellwood Park may be witnessing one of the best meets of the season- and certainly the premier all-boys invitational of the season.

3A Boys Team Preview: #5-#1 Tony Jones Aug 23, 2013

The summer is really like spring for cross country enthusiasts who had to wait all winter and spring for their time of the year to talk up their sport.  All over the Midwest coaches, athletes, parents, and fans get excited about the prospects of the coming fall and what to expect.  In Illinois, cross country is huge and the expectations of storied programs never change.  Elmhurst York is the flagship program and everyone knows to follow in step.  However, there are several teams in line to bolster themselves to the forefront.  One team in particular is O’Fallon.  The Panthers have been the penultimate type team for several years now.  The St. Louis area team has been patient for quite for some time. That time may be finally arriving.  As well, there will be 25 teams at the end of the day on the course at the fabled Detweiller Park with the same vision as O’Fallon and York.  

Downers Grove North Girls Ritter Invitational Preview Tony Jones Apr 12, 2013

The talk of the 2013 spring has been the un-spring like conditions. But somehow we all have been asking these same questions generation after generation: ‘when is it going to warm up’ or ‘do you think it will stop raining so we can get in a good meet?’ 

In His Own Words: Zack Smith Mar 6, 2013

Hey everyone, I’m Zack Smith from Downers Grove North High School, and I’m here to update you on all things track and field from Downers Grove this season. We’ve already kicked off the season very well these first few weeks with lots of great performances. It had been a long time coming, after training hard since early December, when the Hinsdale Little Four Invite rolled around in early February.  Although it was small, it was still a competitive meet and a great tune up for the season. 

Scouting Report: Downers Grove North Girls Todd Grasley Sep 4, 2012

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.