Northside College Prep Women's Track & Field: Welcome

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This is the official website of the Northside College Prep Women's Track and Field Team.

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 2016 Northside Coaching Staff

 93% of NCAA Division I Basketball Players ran Track in High School

 99% of NCAA Division I Cross Country runners ran Track in High School 

 Do you want to be stronger? Do you want to be Faster?

  If you would like to join the Northside College Prep Track and Field Team contact Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon at JonGordon9@Aol.com

   "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare"

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For Northside 2016 Outdoor Track & Field Statistics: 2016 Outdoor Track season

For Northside 2016 Indoor Track & Field Statistics: 2016 Indoor Track season

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2017 TEAM Captains:Kate Chu, Sara McCoy, Erin Goldman, Fiona Casey, Aleah Wilson
Wednesday, June 1
Northside Track & Field Team honored at the East Bank Club! 8 Athletes Qualify for STATE! 8 Athletes BREAK SCHOOL RECORDS! All DISTANCE Records broken

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4x800m: Sara McCoy, Coach Michael Giberson, Fiona Casey, Anna Pasek, Erin Franke

 On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the Northside Track & Field Team was honored at the East Bank Club in Chicago, Illinois. A very special banquet took place in honor of the Track & Field TEAM.

 The Northside Track & Field awards banquet is one of the most meaningful events of the school year. It represents the official acknowledgement of the athletes accomplishments before the entire Team, administration, parents, and guests.

 Northside hosted the most spectacular Track & Field banquet in the country! It ranks right up there with the Hesiman Trophy Presentation at the New York Athletic Club.

 The 2016 Northside Track season was one of the most successful seasons in the history of Northside College Prep.

 The Varsity Women qualified 8 athletes (Fiona Casey, Violet Sackett, Anna Pasek, Sara McCoy, Erin Franke, Sylwia Balata, Erin Goldman, Audrey Konow) for the IHSA State Track & Field Championships! The experience at the state meet was priceless. It was the greatest two days in the history of Northside.

 Northside also had an outstanding Indoor Track Season. Northside had Illinois Prep Top Times qualifiers in the 4x800m Relay (Sara McCoy, Fiona Casey, Anna Pasek, Erin Franke, Sylwia Balata, Erin Goldman, Violet Sackett, Faith Zehfuss), 800m run (Fiona Casey) and 1600m run (Sara McCoy)! Northside Junior Fiona Casey reached the MEDAL stand at the Indoor State Championships in the 800m run! 

 The Varsity Women finished in SECOND place in the Group A division at the Indoor City Championships! Northside also won VARSITY Indoor City titles in the 4x800m Relay (Sara McCoy, Fiona Casey, Anna Pasek, Erin Franke), 3200m (Violet Sackett), 800m (Fiona Casey), and 1600m run (Sara McCoy) at the Indoor City Championships.

  Northside also had the individual SOPHOMORE City Champion in the High Jump (Aleah Wilson).  

 The most impressive number of the year was 8 athletes earned a Watermelon and a plaque for BREAKING THE SCHOOL RECORD in the 4x100m Relay, 800m run, 1600m run, 3200m run, and Steeplechase! All of the DISTANCE records were broken in 2016!! Northside Distance runners improve MORE than any TEAM in the STATE!



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4x100m Relay School Record: Jessica Anyaso, Kate Chu

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Northside Track & Field TEAM honored with a gourmet Italian Dinner Buffet at the East Bank Club!!

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 Northside athletes, coaches, parents, and distinguished guests started the evening with an incredible Italian Buffet Dinner. Everyone took several trips through the buffet line, it was one of the most amazing meals the Team and coaching staff ever had in their entire lives.

  The Team Dinner, included Mushroom Tortellini in white wine, herbs, and cheese, Chicken Vesuio with potatoes and peas, Pan-Seared Salmon in tomato-fennel sauce, and Cheese Stuffed aracini with marinara on the side. Antipasto, included Romaine Hearts with caesar dressing, Prosciutto with melon, Vegetable Antipasto Salad, Mushroom and Spinach Salad. The Italian Buffet Dinner also included Flatbread, Grissini, Filone, and Ciabatta with dipping oil and parmesan. Desserts included, Tiramisu with espresso sauce, Fresh Fruit, and Cannolis.



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Fiona Casey earned her 3rd Varsity letter in Track
VARSITY MVP AWARD: Fiona Casey, Sara McCoy

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Michael Giberson, Sara McCoy, Fiona Casey, Jose Nebrida

 In 2016, Northside Junior FIONA CASEY qualified for the IHSA State Track & Field Championships in the 4x800m Relay, and qualified for Illinois Prep Top Times (Indoor State) in the 4x800m Relay and 800m run! Fiona Casey also won the Indoor City Title in the 800m run, and earned All City Honors.

 In 2016, Fiona Casey BROKE the SCHOOL RECORD in the 800m run and 1000m Steeplechase!!

 From Freshman Year (2:56.37) to Junior Year (2:21.82), Fiona Casey has dropped 34.55 seconds in the 800m run!

 From Freshman Year (6:31.10) to Junior Year (5:44.00), Fiona Casey has dropped 47 seconds in the 1600m run!

 From Freshman Year (13:54.66) to Junior Year (11:38.73), Fiona Casey has dropped two minutes and 16 seconds in the 3200m run!

 Northside Distance runners improve MORE than any TEAM in the STATE!

 In 2016, Northside Sophomore SARA MCCOY qualified for the IHSA State Track & Field Championships in the 4x800m Relay, and qualified for Illinois Prep Top Times (Indoor State) in the 4x800m Relay and 1600m run! Sara McCoy also won the Indoor City Title in the 1600m run, and finished in second place at the Outdoor City Championships in the 1600m run!

 In 2016, Sara McCoy BROKE the SCHOOL RECORD in the 1600m and 3200m!!

 From Freshman Year (2:40.67) to Sophomore Year (2:25.82), Sara McCoy has dropped 15 seconds in the 800m run!

 From Freshman Year (6:05.00) to Sophomore Year (5:19.79), Sara McCoy has dropped 46 seconds in the 1600m run!

 From Freshman Year (11:54.29) to Sophomore Year (11:30.08), Sara McCoy has dropped 24 seconds in the 3200m run!

 Northside Distance runners improve MORE than any TEAM in the STATE!

 The 2016 MVPs of the Northside Track & Field TEAM are Fiona Casey and Sara McCoy. 



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Sara McCoy earned her 2nd Varsity letter in Track

VARSITY MUSTANG AWARD: Sara McCoy

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Sara McCoy and Distance Coach Michael Giberson

 The Mustang Award is awarded to the athlete with the best work ethic and mental toughness.

 Captain Sara McCoy's work ethic is second to none. The TEAM can count on her to give her best at every practice. She even spent her spring break at Northside training for upcoming Track meets. She also led the TEAM on a 6.2 miles dinner run to IHOP during spring break! Sara McCoy works hard everyday regardless of the circumstances. She is one of the last athletes to leave Northside, and puts in the extra time doing core and strength training. She competes at every Track meet, and often does multiple events to help Northside score more points. Sara McCoy has incredible work ethic.

 Sara McCoy showed great mental toughness on numerous occassions, including anchoring the Northside 4x800m Relay to the IHSA State Track & Field Championships for the second consecutive year!! Prior to the 2016 IHSA Track & Field Sectionals, Northside was seeded #4 in the 4x800m Relay and not ranked to qualify for State. That ranking would have a negative effect on most athletes. When Sara McCoy received the baton, she showed great mental toughness and never relinquished the lead her teammates provided, and finished with a tremendous kick to earn the Chicago Northside Mustangs a trip to Charleston for IHSA State Track & Field Championships!



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Violet Sackett earned her 4th Varsity Letter in Track
SENIOR LEADERSHIP AWARD: Violet Sackett

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Senior Leadership Award: Violet Sackett

 Every great TEAM has a Senior leader that attends every practice and meet, works hard, regardless of the circumstances for the TEAM, and that leader for the 2016 Track & Field Team is Violet Sackett.

 Violet Sackett has had a tremendous athletic career at Chicago Northside College Prep. She was Captain of the Cross Country Team, that won two consecutive Varsity City Titles, and the 2015 IHSA Regional Cross Country Title. In Track, she qualifed for the IHSA State Track & Field Championships for two consecutive years as a member of the 4x800m Relay. Violet Sackett also earned All City Honors in the 3200m run.



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MOST VARSITY POINTS SCORED BY A SENIOR: Violet Sackett

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Violet Sackett

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800m School Record Plaque (2:21.82): Fiona Casey
MOST VARSITY POINTS SCORED BY A JUNIOR: Fiona Casey

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Fiona Casey

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Steeplechase School Record Plaque (3:31.74): Fiona Casey

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3200m School Record Plaque (11:30.08): Sara McCoy
MOST VARSITY POINTS SCORED BY A SOPHOMORE: Sara McCoy

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Sara McCoy

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1600m School Record Plaque (5:19.79): Sara McCoy

MOST VARSITY POINTS SCORED BY A FRESHMAN: Erin Franke

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Erin Franke

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Indoor 1600m Champion: Sara McCoy
2016 CITY CHAMPION ENAMEL PIN

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2016 CITY CHAMPION ENAMEL PIN (Athletes that won Indoor/Outdoor City Champion Individual or Relay Titles)

1. Violet Sackett - Indoor – 3200m Run

2. Sara McCoy - Indoor – 1600m Run

3. Fiona Casey - Indoor – 800m Run

4. Fiona Casey - Indoor – 4x800m Relay

5. Sara McCoy - Indoor – 4x800m Relay

6. Anna Pasek - Indoor – 4x800m Relay

7. Erin Franke - Indoor – 4x800m Relay

8. Aleah Wilson - Outdoor – Sophomore High Jump Champion



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Sophomore High Jump Champion: Aleah Wilson

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SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Sylwia Balata

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Sylwia Balata

 Good Sportsmanship is beneficial to an athlete throughout their life. Athletes that you compete against in High School, you will see again throughout the rest of your careers, in college, road races, in business, and in life.

 Second, take an interest in teammates, and they will take an interest in you. After you have completed your event, it is always important to get around and support your teammates. Having your teammates around the Track cheering you on in a stadium has a major effect on the outcome of the races. The more honor and respect among athletes, the greater the TEAM. The best athletes help others; be best athletes.

 The winner of the 2016 Sportsmanship Award is SYLWIA BALATA.

 In addition to her outstanding sportsmanship, Sylwia Balata is a great athlete.

 In 2016, Sylwia Balata QUALIFIED for Illinois Prep Top Times (Indoor State), and the IHSA Outdoor State Track & Field Championships in the 4x800m Relay. Balata is also ranked on the Chicago Northside Mustangs All Time list in both the 1600m (5:41.08) and the 3200m (12:30.94). 



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Sylwia Balata earned her 2nd Varsity letter in Track

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SOPHOMORE MVP: Aleah Wilson

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Sophomore MVP: Aleah Wilson

 In 2016, ALEAH WILSON won the Chicago Public League Sophomore High Jump Title, and was the Chicago Northside Mustangs top thrower in both Shot Put and Discus.

 Aleah Wilson has the potential to break the Northside Discus record in 2017.



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Aleah Wilson earned her second Varsity letter in Track
SOPHOMORE MUSTANG AWARD FOR WORK ETHIC AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS: Aleah Wilson

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Sophomore Mustang Award: Aleah Wilson

FRESHMAN MVP: Erin Franke

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Freshman MVP: Erin Franke

FRESHMAN MUSTANG AWARD FOR WORK ETHIC AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS: Erin Goldman

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Freshman Mustang Award: Erin Goldman

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2016 Northside Track and Field Letter Awards
NORTHSIDE SPRINTERS - VICTORY IS THE GOAL - DETERMINATION GETS THEM THERE

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Sprints Coach Matthew Madera

 In 2016, Northside Sprints Coach Matthew Madera qualified athletes for the IHSA State Track & Field Championships in the Men's 4x100m Relay, 100m Dash, 4x200m Relay, and 4x400m Relay.

 Chicago Northside also broke school records in the Women's 4x100m Relay, Men's 4x160m Relay, and Men's 4x200m Relay. 



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Cynthia Anyaso earned her first Varsity letter in Track

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Jessica Anyaso earned her 3rd Varsity letter in Track
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Emilia Chojnacki earned her first Varsity letter in Track

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Kate Chu earned her 3rd Varsity letter in Track

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Sally Kim earned her first Varsity letter in Track
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Hannah Shipley earned her first Varsity letter in Track

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2016 Northside IHSA State Qualifiers
Friday, May 20
Northside Distance Coach Michael Giberson WINS 3200m Open race at STATE! McCoy BREAKS school record in 3200m! Casey BREAKS school record in Steeple!

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Erin Goldman in the STEEPLECHASE at STATE

 On Thursday, May 19, 2016, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon, Distance Coach Michael Giberson, Jumps Coach David Diaz, Senior Violet Sackett, Senior Audrey Konow, Junior Fiona Casey, Junior Anna Pasek, Junior Sylwia Balata, Sophomore Sara McCoy, Freshman Erin Goldman, and Freshman Erin Franke traveled to Olive Garden in Champaign, Illinois for dinner the night before the IHSA State Track & Field Championships.

  After Dinner, Northside traveled to Charleston, Illinois in preparation for the IHSA State Championships at Eastern Illinois University. Fiona Casey, Sara McCoy, Violet Sackett, Anna Pasek, Audrey Konow, Sylwia Balata, Erin Franke, Erin Goldman and the Northside Coaching Staff stayed in an "Olympic Village" atmosphere with State Qualifiers from across the State, in Thomas Hall, which was located less than a block from the O'Brien stadium. Thomas Hall was complete with a Big Screen Television, Air Hockey Tables, and Pool tables.

 On Friday, May 20, 2016, at breakfast, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon distributed race numbers and IHSA State qualifying pins to: Fiona Casey, Sara McCoy, Violet Sackett, Anna Pasek, Audrey Konow, Sylwia Balata, Erin Franke, and Erin Goldman.

 After breakfast, the TEAM and Coaching staff walked to O'Brien Stadium for the first day of the IHSA State Championships. As the athletes began warm-ups, the stadium was filled close to its capacity, and spectators, fans, and Teams had to park over a half mile away from the Stadium because of the size of the sell-out crowd. Outside the Stadium, there was a large festival of Track & Field souvenir vendors.

  In Heat #3 of the IHSA State 4x800m Relay Prelims, Northside Junior Fiona Casey ran a 2:21 800m split on the first leg of the relay to put the Mustangs in FIRST place. Northside Sophomore Sara McCoy ran a 2:27 800m split on the second leg of the relay to hold the lead for the Chicago Northside Mustangs. The Mustangs were in FIRST place with two legs remaining in the 4x800m relay. Northside Senior Violet Sackett was passed by a runner, and hanged on to SECOND place with a 2:34 800m split on the third leg of the relay. The Mustangs were in SECOND place with one leg remaining in the 4x800m relay. Northside Junior Anna Pasek fell back to FIFTH place with a 2:37 800m split for an official time of 10:00.32. It took a 9:53.59 to qualify for the Finals, and the Mustangs were 7 seconds short. 

 After the Prelims, Northside Jumps Coach David Diaz took the Girls Team SHOPPING at all of the best t-shirt and souvenir shops in Charleston. The Team stopped at the original Jimmy John's for lunch and enjoyed the rest of the day.

 On Friday evening, Northside attended open races under the lights at O'Brien Stadium.

 Northside scored the most points of all the Teams at the open races under the lights!!

 In the 300m Hurdles, Northside Senior Audrey Konow finished in fifth place with a season best time of 55.48. Northside Junior Anna Pasek finished in sixth place with a season best time of 56.79

 In the 1600m run, Northside Senior Violet Sackett finished in seventh place with an outstanding time of 5:38.14. Northside Junior Sylwia Balata finished in eighth place with an outstanding time of 5:41.08. Rolling Meadows Megan Martin finished in ninth place with an official time of 5:45.17. Northside Freshman Erin Goldman finished in tenth place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 5:48.32.

 In the 3200m run, Northside Distance Coach Michael Giberson was helping pace Sophomore Sara McCoy to a school record, and on the final lap, he left McCoy at the curb, and passed two runners from Yorkville with a tremendous kick to WIN the 3200m with an outstanding time of 11:23.71. Northside Sophomore Sara McCoy dropped 33 seconds (12:03) to finish in fourth place and BREAK the School Record with a PERSONAL BEST time of 11:30.08. An oustanding coaching job by Michael Giberson and race by Sara McCoy. Sara McCoy will be honored with a school record plaque at the June 1, 2016 Track & Field Banquet.

 Walter Payton's Claire Goldman finished in fifth place with a personal best time of 12:15.04. Northside Freshman Erin Franke finished in sixth place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 12:41.27. Marist Annemaire Lonard finished in seventh place with an official time of 13:05.87. Hinsdale Central's Charles Zaher completed the scoring by finishing in eighth place with an official time of 14:14.58.

 In the 800m run, Northside Senior Violet Sackett finished in fifth place with an official time of 2:40.29.

 In the 1000m Steeplechase, there was 42 athletes entered in the race. Northside Junior Fiona Casey was the first female finisher (4th overall) and BROKE the School Record with a PERSONAL BEST time of 3:31.74. Fiona Casey will be honored with a school record plaque at the June 1, 2016 Track & Field Banquet. Whitney Young Freshman Ella Behrens finished in fifth place with an official time of 3:45.26. Northside Junior Anna Pasek finished in sixth place with an official time of 3:51.83. Northside Freshman Erin Goldman finished in seventh place with an official time of 3:53.04. Northside Senior Audrey Konow finished in eighth place to complete the scoring with an official time of 4:02.17. Northside Junior Sylwia Balata finished in ninth place with a personal best time of 4:10.21.

 After the final heat of the Steeplechase, the Northside coaching staff and athletes walked to downtown Charleston to spend their remaining dollars on more t-shirts. Less than an hour after breaking the school record, Junior Fiona Casey had a Steeplechase School Record T-shirt!

 After a final stop at the souvenir tent, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon treated the coaching staff and athletes to dinner at his own expense at Jerry's Pizza and Salad Buffet.

 On Saturday, Northside witnessed an exciting State Finals, with Cahokia and Kaneland tieing for first place with 53 points! 

 At the conclusion of the State Finals, Northside traveled back to Chicago on a yellow school bus.



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Fiona Casey in the 4x800m Relay at IHSA State Championships!

Wednesday, May 11
Pack your bags! Northside is going to Charleston for the IHSA State Track & Field Championships!! Varsity Women 4x800m Relay qualifies for STATE!!

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Northside 4x800m Relay qualifies for STATE!

 Prior to IHSA Sectionals, the fastest Northside had run a 4x800m Relay during the 2016 Track season was a 10:10.72. 

 On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon traveled to Antioch, Illinois for the IHSA Sectional "Seed" meeting and to inspect the Track. At the "Seed" meeting, it was disclosed that the fastest seed times in the Sectional were Vernon Hills (9:45.32), Carmel (10:03.25), Woodstock (10:07.29), and Chicago Northside (10:10.72).

 Only the top two relays would qualify for the IHSA State Championships, and Northside was ranked #4.

 Northside Distance Coaching prodigy Michael Giberson and Head Coach Jon Gordon exchanged emails on the morning of the IHSA Sectional, and came up with a plan for the 4x800m Relay. It would not be disclosed to the athletes until arrival at the IHSA Sectional.  

 On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the Northside Varsity Women traveled to Antioch, Illinois for the IHSA Sectional Championships.

 Upon arrival, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon had a closed door motivational meeting on the Bus with Fiona Casey, Anna Pasek, Violet Sackett, Sara McCoy, Sylwia Balata, Erin Franke, Erin Goldman, and Audrey Konow. He told them that they were ready to break the ten minutes barrier in the 4x800m Relay, and qualify for the State Championships!!

 Northside was greeted at Antioch by many Northside parents and friends that made the long trip to Antioch to support the TEAM at the IHSA Sectional.

 On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Fiona Casey, Anna Pasek, Violet Sackett, and Sara McCoy made history by dropping 14 seconds (10:10.72) to finish in second place to QUALIFY for the IHSA State Championships with an official time of 9:56.20!! The SAME four women that ran a 10:10.72 earlier in the season, dropped 14 seconds, to qualify for STATE with a 9:56.20!! It was one of the largest time drops in the history of the Illinois High School Athletic Association.

 On the first leg of the relay, Northside Junior Fiona Casey ran an impressive 800m split of 2:23.32, and made a nice exchange to Anna Pasek. Northside Junior Anna Pasek ran an outstanding 800m split of 2:34.00, and made a good exchange to Violet Sackett. Northside Senior Violet Sackett ran an 800m split of 2:31.18, and made a perfect exchange to Sara McCoy. Northside Sophomore Sara McCoy anchored Chicago Northside to SECOND place with an impressive 2:26.91 800m split to QUALIFY for the IHSA State Track & Field Championships with an official time of 9:56.20!!

 Northside will travel to Charleston, Illinois on Thursday, May 19, 2016 for the IHSA State Championships!!