Northside Competes at State, Sara McCoy Podium Finish!

The Northside track team competed at the State Meet in Charleston, Illinois the last two weekends with great performances all around against the best athletes in all of Illinois.

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Sara McCoy on the podium.


Sara McCoy became Northside’s newest State medalist with a ninth place podium finish in the 1600m. Sara will be running for Northwestern University next fall.


Gabriel Vara lining up for the 3200m

The boys State qualifiers included:

  • Guy Lohoua (100m and 4x400m)
  • Darius Deloye (4x400m)
  • Carel Jones (4x400m)
  • Noa Choi (4x400m)
  • Santiago Obispo  (4x400m)

  • Jeronimo Najarro (4x400m)

  • Ruben Escobar (4x400m)

  • Gabriel Vara (3200m)

  • Elias Decker (300m hurdles)


Other than the state-level track competition, the trip always has a few more interesting events…

Erin Goldman and Ella Neurohr run the annual Under the Lights 1000m steeplechase.


Late night ping pong and pizza tournament


Live streaming Alumni Legend Danny Rosen’s NCAA National Championships race


Congratulations to all the State qualifiers!


Gwen Casey Double City Champion in the 800m and 1600m!

Gwen Casey doubled in the 800m and 1600m last Saturday to win both events in the Sophomore City Championships.

Gwen ran times of 2:34.11 in the 800m winning by over four seconds. After her 800m, she ran a tactical 1600m waiting to kick until the last lap where she opened up a sizable lead to win by FIFTEEN seconds finishing with a time of 5:43.64.

Congratulations, Gwen!

Sara McCoy Smashes Her Previous School Record at Palatine Distance Night with a 5:13.54!

With perfect conditions (cool weather, no wind, music playing, amazing competition) Sara McCoy crushed her own 1600m school record at Palatine Distance Night on Saturday with a 5:13.54 beating her previous record by over two seconds. Sara now ranks 8th in Illinois Class 2A in the 1600m.


After Sara and Erin completed their 30 minute cool down run, Sara and her supporting teammates competed in the costume 4 x 400m relay.

Chef Sara starting the relay off.
Sally Potter chasing down some girl in a tutu.
Melissa Ketchup Bottle fleeing from a T. rex.
Banana Goldman anchoring to a costume relay school record.


Congratulations to Sara on the new record, and thank you to everyone who came out to support on Saturday!

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5:13.54 1600m


Watch Whitney Young’s Clayton Mendez’s winning 4:08 and Sam Rivera’s 4:13 to represent Chicago schools in the Boys Elite 1600m race.






Yes, Melissa did successfully evade the T. rex.



Alumni Legend, Danny Rosen, Runs NCAA DIII Leading Time

Northside alumnus and current sophomore on the Pomona-Pitzner Track Team, Danny Rosen, was named Athlete of the Week for his college conference this week for running an NCAA Division III leading time in the 3000m steeplechase at UCLA last weekend.

You can see the current rankings for DIII here.

danny_rosen_podiumHis time of 9:05.48 is a new personal record in the event he earned All-American Honors in last year when he placed 8th at the NCAA DIII Outdoor National Championships.

Danny is the current 800m, 1600m, and 3 mile Northside school record holder with times of 1:56.88, 4:22.96, and 14:43.6 respectively.

At Northside, Danny’s progression for the 800m and 1600m each year of high school were:

800m – 2:04.94 (relay split), 1:58.06, 1:59.96, 1:56.88

1600m – 5:09.7, 4:24.15, 4:22.96, 4:23.15

Congratulations, Danny!

Sara McCoy Medals at Illinois Top Times, Lowers Indoor School Record

Sara McCoy competed in the 1600m at Illinois Top Times at the Shirk Center of Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday. Unofficially the Indoor State Championships, this meet brings the best of 1A, 2A, and 3A competition from all over Illinois.

Sara went straight into second place from the gun, and finished the race with a very fast 37 second last lap to finish in 7th place and earn her first medal at the Indoor State Championships. Her time lowers her previous season best and indoor school record to 5:18.45!

You can watch Sara’s race HERE (with a RunnerSpace subscription).

Full meet results are HERE.

Womens Varsity 1600m Results

Two New Indoor School Records, Sara McCoy and Ezra Hill. New Freshmen All-Time Lists.

Sara McCoy runs 5:18.71 at Batavia Distance Madness for a new indoor school record! Her time is second only to her outdoor record of 5:15.92, which was set at Palatine Distance Night last year. Sara is now ranked 3rd in 2A in the 1600m and will be looking for a podium finish at Illinois Top Times. You can watch Sara’s school record at RunnerSpace.

Ezra Hill breaks the indoor freshmen 1600m school record in an outstanding 4:57.33! Ezra’s time is also faster than the outdoor freshmen record. The All-Time List for freshmen now stands as:

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Luke Huff also enters that All-Time Freshmen List with his 5:24.76. Luke also ranks higher on the 800m All-Time Freshmen List after last Friday night along with Josiah Shimandle with their 2:25.29 and 2:24.60 performances.

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Josiah is now 4th on the 800m list just behind the current school record holder for the 800m and 1600m, Danny Rosen. Danny’s outdoor records stand at 1:56.88 and 4:22.96 for the 800m and 1600m respectively. Danny is now at Pomona College, and was an All-American in the NCAA Division III 3000m steeplechase last year. You can follow his results HERE.

Preview of Sara McCoy’s 1600m Featured on RunnerSpace

If you are passionate about distance races run on the track, the Batavia Fieldhouse will be the place to be on March 9 for the Fourth Annual Batavia Distance Madness Meet. We should see some state best times in the six championship races that will be contested on this fast Batavia 200-meter track.

Here is a look at each of the six events that will take place on Friday night. The first race was start at 5:15 PM.


1600 Meter Run


Meet Record – 4:49.30 – Judy Pendergast, Naperville North – 2016

2018 Illinois Season Best – 4:56.05 – Sarah Schmitt, Naperville North

Preview – It is hard to imagine that Judy Pendergast’s record falls in this race. The field in the championship race, however, is good. A winning time of under five-minutes is not out of the question.

Downers Grove South’s Erin Reidy may be one of the hot runners in this race. After running a sub-par 5:30 at this distance last week at the NCC Cardinal Classic, she came back on Monday to run a 2:13.9 split for 800-meters in leading her team to the win at the DGS Mustang Relays. This sophomore is running with confidence making her a threat in this race. Naperville North’s Claire Hill might be the most improved runner on her team and perhaps the state. Hill ran side-by-side with Katelynne Hart at last week’s NCC Cardinal Classic running 2:14 for 800-meters. She has run 5:12 this season. Maybe close to five-minutes is in her future for Friday’s race. Yorkville’s Emily Eberhart is the top seeded runner in this race having run 5:06.89 to finish fourth last Thursday at North Central College. Eberhart, along with teammate Helena Kleronomos, could both finish among the top runners in this race.

Hinsdale Central has five runners in the last section of this race and deservedly so. There could be a Red Devilette finishing first Friday night. Kayla Byrne surprised some by running 5:08 a month ago at York and could challenge for the win in this race. Grace McCabe and Reilly Revord both ran under 2:20 for 800-meters last week at North Central College. Both have personal bests under five-minutes and thrive in big meets. This could be one of the races that either of these two could win. McKenna Revord and Bella Pisani are also in the championship section. Both could run under 5:10 Friday.

It could be Minooka’s Emily Shelton that could end up the winner. Shelton ran a solo 10:58 last week at North Central College for 3200-meters showing that her fitness level is ready for a fast race at Batavia. Katherine Olsen of DeKalb finished third in last year’s race here and has a 5:01 personal best for the distance. She likes to push the pace. She could make this fast pace and possibly win. Northside Prep’s Sara McCoy and Lincoln-Way Central’s Mackenzie Brownrigg are also running in this section. Both could run under 5:10.

*This is an excerpt. See the full preview of the meet by Mike Newman on RunnerSpace. Videos of the meet will also be posted at that link.