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NORTHSIDE COLLEGE PREP MUSTANGS
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NORTHSIDE COLLEGE PREP MUSTANGS
NORTHSIDE COLLEGE PREP MUSTANGS

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Welcome to the Northside College Prep Cross Country site.

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“The body achieves what the mind believes.”

 While every athlete brings certain qualities to cross country, "natural" talent is not as important as pure, hard work. What you put in is what you get out. The only thing that separates first from last is building a strong running base and a lot of hard work. Come watch us or better yet, join us as we continue to build a winning tradition.

 For more information, contact Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon at Jongordon9@aol.com

 Northside Cross Country TEAM featued in Hoofbeat: Mustang Spirit too FAST too furious

 Mandatory Cross Country practices commence on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Team Time Trial - August 12, 2017. First Meet - August 21, 2017.

 For any junior or senior who is thinking about competing collegiately. Before you can officially be recruited or commit to a school, this step must be taken: NCAA Eligibility Center 

2016 SEASON SCHEDULE



Thursday, June 22
SUMMER PRACTICE SCHEDULE

 Northside College Prep has never had a summer cross country "camp". However, the TEAM meets for 25 days in June and July for summer practices. Students must be enrolled at Chicago Northside College Prep to attend any of the summer practices. Thanks.

Monday, June 26, 2017 4:00 pm Horner Park

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:00 pm Long run to Lake Michigan

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:00 pm Capture the Flag on a 1600m field!

Thursday, June 29, 2017 4:00 pm Tempo run

Saturday, July 1, 2017 8:00 am Fun day after run (Frisbee or Beach)

Monday, July 3, 2017 4:00 pm Hills at Horner Park

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 8:00 am Long run to Lake Michigan

Thursday, July 6, 2017 4:00 pm Tempo Run

Saturday, July 8, 2017 8:00 am Fun day after run (Frisbee or Beach)

Monday, July 10, 2017 4:00 pm Horner Park

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:00 pm Long run to Lake Michigan

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 4:00 pm IHOP run for Dinner!

Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:00 pm Tempo Run

Saturday, July 15, 2017 8:00 am Fun day after run (Frisbee or Beach)

Monday, July 17, 2017 4:00 pm Hills at Horner Park

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:00 pm Long run to Lake Michigan

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:00 pm Capture the Flag on a 1600m field!

Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 pm Tempo run

Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:00 am Fun day after run (Frisbee or Beach)

Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 pm Horner Park

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:00 pm Long run to Lake Michigan

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:00 pm Recovery Run

Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 pm Tempo run

Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:00 am Fun day after run (Frisbee or Beach)

Monday, July 31, 2017 4:00 pm IHOP run for Dinner!



Sunday, May 14
CROSS COUNTRY TEAM INFORMATION MEETING, MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017, at 4 PM

 On Monday, May 22, 2017, a Cross Country Information meeting will take place at the Northside Cafeteria at 4:00 pm. 

 Incoming Freshman are encouraged to bring their parents. At the information meeting, Summer training plans will be distributed to prepare Northside to WIN State in 2017, dates of summer practices will be disclosed, and Training logs to record athletes weekly mileage totals will also be distributed.

 The 2017 Northside Cross Country Coaching Staff will be introduced, including Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon, Associate Assistant Coach Michael Giberson, Assistant Coach Peter Najem (Former NCAA All American), and Assistant Coach Alex Zasso.

 During the summer, the IHSA permits the Northside Cross Country Team to meet as a TEAM for a total of 25 days during June 2017 and July 2017. Athletes that have made the Varsity roster in the Fall and athletes that have had the biggest time drops on the Team, are the ones who have consistently attended summer practices. If you are in town during the summer, you will be expected to attend summer practices.

 Mandatory Fall practices commence on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.



Tuesday, April 4
Chicago Northside invited to NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY meet in Irvine, California on Saturday, September 16, 2017

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 In 2016, the Northside Varsity Women finished 6th in Illinois, and the Northside Varsity Men finished 18th in Illinois.

 In April 2017, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon received an invitation from the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, presented by Skechers Performance, to bring his talented Varsity Men and Varsity Women squads to a National Cross Country meet, at the beautiful Orange Country Great Park in Irvine, California on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

 The Woodbridge Classic (Irvine, California), stated "Northside would be a worthy addition to this year's meet".

 The Nationally acclaimed Southern California meet is committed to bringing together outstanding cross country teams from across the US for key Interstate competition and fun time for athletes.

 The Woodbridge Cross Country Classic enjoys the status of being one the best invitationals in the Nation and is a key meet in the National and regional rankings of Cross Country Teams in the United States.

 Varsity Teams will be competing under ideal weather conditions with an "under the lights" racing format. The meet offers excellent championship-level competition that will be helpful in preparing Northside for future meets.

 Irvine is centrally located to many of Southern Califronia's best sight seeing venues (world renowed beaches, Disneyland and other theme parks, famous shopping centers). Athletes will enjoy a memorable and motivational trip.

 



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Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon
Sunday, December 4
Northside Coaching Staff nominated for Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association IHSA Class 2A Coaching Staff of the Year Award

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Northside Associate Assistant Coach Michael GIberson

  The Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association has nominated the Northside Cross Country Coaching Staff for the IHSA Class 2A Girls Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year Award.

 Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon, and Associate Assistant Coach Michael Giberson will be in attendance at the Illinois Cross Country Association Awards Dinner on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Harry Caray's at the Lombard Westin Hotel.

 The other nomines are the Coaching Staffs of Belvidere North, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake Central, and Grayslake Central.

 All members of the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association voted for the award, and the winner will be announced on Friday, January 13, 2017.

 Olympian Mac Wilkens will be the guest speaker at the Awards Dinner.



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Assistant Coaches Michael Giberson and Erika Grammel

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Thursday, November 10
Northside Cross Country TEAM honored at the East Bank Club! 2016 IHSA State Qualifiers! IHSA Sectional Champs! IHSA Regional Champs! City Champions!

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2016 IHSA State Qualifiers!!

  On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Northside Cross Country TEAM was honored at the East Bank Club in Chicago, Illinois. Northside hosted the most spectacular Cross Country banquet in the country! It ranks right up there with the Hesiman Trophy Presentation at the New York Athletic Club.

 The Northside Cross Country 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.

 A record 116 athletes, parents, and guests were in attendance! 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.

 After Dinner, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon, first honored the Northside parents, each member of his Coaching Staff, and the Northside athletes.

 Cross Country is the ultimate Team sport. It teaches you to push yourself harder than you ever thought you could, and at the same time, your performance means everything to the other runners on the TEAM.

 The 2016 Cross Country season was the most successful season in Northside history!!

 The Illinois High School Association's nearly 800 member high schools are spread out across the 57,918 square miles that constitue the Land of Lincoln. After the IHSA Regional and IHSA Sectional Cross Country meets, the field was down from 800 schools to the 25 best remaining Teams in Illinois for the STATE Championships.

 The Northside Varsity Women finished in 6th place at the IHSA State Cross Country Championships!

 The Northside Varsity Men finished in 18th place at the IHSA State Cross Country Championships!

 13 of the 14 athletes that competed at the STATE Championships ran their career best time!!

 Among other honors, the Northside Freshman Boys finished SECOND at the Chicago Public League Championships! The Northside Varsity Women WON their third consecutive Chicago Public League Title (2014-2016). 3 PEAT! The Northside Varsity Women WON their second consecutive IHSA Regional Title! The Northside Varsity Men and Women both qualified for the IHSA Sectional Championships for the sixth consecutive year! The Northside Varsity Women WON the first IHSA Sectional Title in the sport of Cross Country in Northside history! The Northside Varsity Men and Women both QUALIFIED for the IHSA STATE Championships as a TEAM! The Northside Varsity Women broke the school record for WINS (235) in a season! The school record for three miles was also broken (17:58) for Women during the 2016 season!



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2016 CHICAGO PUBLIC LEAGUE SECOND PLACE FRESHMAN BOYS TEAM

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Senior Varsity Letter Blanket Winners
Thursday, November 10
Sara McCoy, Erin Goldman, Norberto Nieves, and Jack Vasilopoulos named 2017 TEAM Captains

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Jack Nolan receives his Varsity Letter Blanket

 One of the highlights of the Northside Cross Country Banquet was the Senior Varsity letter blanket ceremony. 

 The 2017 Team Captains were announced at the end of the banquet, and presented with engraved Gavels. The 2017 Northside Team Captains are Sara McCoy, Erin Goldman, Norberto Nieves, and Jack Vasilopoulos.

 The 2017 Team Captains then commenced the Senior Varsity letter blanket ceremony.

 In 1903, University of Chicago Track Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, among other things, invented numbers on uniforms, and the Varsity letter, and the first Senior Varsity letter blanket ceremony took place at the International House in Chicago.

 For over a 100 years, the traditions from the first Varsity letter ceremony have been followed. In 2004, Jon Gordon came from the University of Chicago Track & Field program to take over the Northside Cross Country program, and brought with him the traditions of Amos Alonzo Stagg and the Varsity letter blanket ceremony to Northside College Prep.

 The 2017 Team Captains commenced the ceremony, by holding up the blanket of each Senior athlete who earned a Varsity letter during their high school Cross Country career, and display the blanket to the crowd before it is placed on each athlete. The Varsity blankets are custom made, and each one has the athlete's name, Cross Country, and Northside College Prep, embrodied on it, along with a Varsity letter "N", and a Silver Star for each year the athlete earned a Varsity letter in Cross Country, and a Gold Star for each year the athlete was a Team Captain for the Northside Cross Country Team.

 The Senior Varsity letter blanket ceremony is one of the highlights of the Northside Cross Country banquet. It is the highest honor a Senior athlete on the Cross Country Team can be given at the Banquet. The Northside Cross Country Team is currently the only sport at Northside College Prep that awards Varsity letter blankets.

 To earn a Varsity letter in Cross Country, a Northside athlete must finish among the Top 7 athletes on the Team in a Varsity Race or run a minimum of 500 Miles in the summer for an automatic Varsity letter.

VARSITY SENIOR BLANKET

Senior Athletes who have earned 1 or more Varsity letters.  

The blankets are embroidered with each Athlete’s Name, Northside College Prep Cross Country, a Varsity letter “N”, along with a Silver Star for each Varsity letter earned in Cross Country during their Athletic Career, and a Gold Star for each year as Team Captain.

MEN

(1) Brian McManus 4 Silver, 2 Gold

(2) Kyle Friedler 3 Silver, 1 Gold

(3) Alex Ortiz 3 Silver, 1 Gold

(4) Jack Webster 2 Silver

(5) Jack Nolan 1 Silver

(6) Marcelo Lozano 1 Silver

(7) John Banna 1 Silver

WOMEN

(1) Fiona Casey 4 Silver, 2 Gold

(2) Anna Pasek 4 Silver, 2 Gold

(3) Sylwia Balata 3 Silver 



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Alumni legend Bessie Nolan and Senior Jack Nolan

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Sylwia Balata
SENIOR VARSITY LETTER BLANKET WINNERS

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Jack Webster

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2017 Team Captains: Norberto Nieves and Jack Vasilopoulos

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Fiona Casey
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Brian McManus

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Alex Ortz

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Anna Pasek
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Marcelo Lozano

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Sylwia Balata

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NORTHSIDE SENIORS KYLE FRIEDLER AND ALEX ORTIZ WIN CROSS COUNTRY MVP AWARD

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Kyle Friedler

 Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi said "The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."

 During the 2016 Track & Field season, Northside Senior Kyle Friedler, among other accomplishments, broke the school record for 3200m with a 9:32.27. However, since breaking the school record he faced multiple tragedys. 

 Kyle Friedler didn't have any running injuries. His injuries were much more serious in nature.

 Kyle Friedler was hit by a car twice. After recovering from being hit by a car, he worked very hard, and within months was back running and racing. His determination was second to none. The highlight of the initial comeback was an outstanding performance at a Summer 5K in Michigan.

 Unfortunately, it didn't last long as another summer tragedy occurred. Kyle punctured his foot walking on the beach after he stepped on a sharp metal object. Again, his determination was second to none. He worked very hard to comeback, and spent many hours cycling and in the weight room.

 The worst part of the sport is to achieve greatness and have everything taken away from you because of medical hardship.

 Kyle Friedler wasn't able to participate in August practices or even the Team Time Trial. He had to cross train. When he was able to commence running, he still wasn't able to participate in Track workouts, or even run up a hill.

 Northside Associate Assistant Coach Michael Giberson encouraged Kyle throughout this difficult period, and ran many of the initial base training miles with him. Kyle also received encouragment from Family, Friends, and Teammates.

 As an undertrained athlete, Kyle Friedler ran in only four meets during the season. Kyle appeared in the St. Patrick Invitational (16:58.5), the Rebel Invitational 5K, the First to the Finish Invitational (16:54.5 at Detweiler Park in Peoria), and the Pat Savage Invitational (16:28.5).

 Kyle continued to work very hard, always asking the Coaching Staff if he could run extra miles, and spent long hours after practice doing core, and balancing excercies to become stronger.

 One of the great things about high school sports is every TEAM has a record of 0-0 once you get to the post-season meets, and anything can happen. Your season record has no impact on what can be accomplished at the IHSA Regional Championship meet. All of the meets from August - October are just practice for the IHSA State Series.

 The October 22, 2016 IHSA Regional Championship meet was approaching. Kyle Friedler hadn't completed a race since the October 1, 2016 Pat Savage Invitational. However, Friedler was getting stronger at every practice. Track workouts were becoming less restrictive for him, and he was becoming one of the mileage leaders on the Team again.

 The return of a strong Kyle Friedler for the IHSA Regional Championship was a BIG morale booster for the entire Team and Coaching Staff. Friedler led the Mustangs by finishing 6th overall with a 16:30.5. The Northside Mustangs advanced to the IHSA Sectional Championships for the sixth consecutive year.

 A week later, Friedler finished fifth in the Sectional on the challenging Fenton course (16:39) to earn All Sectional Honors, and lead the Mustangs to their first appearance as a TEAM at the IHSA State Cross Country Championships since 2011.

 As Northside traveled to Peoria for the State Championships, the question remained could Kyle Friedler run a personal best time with limited training this season at the IHSA State Championships. Friedler had a 3 miles personal record of 15:50 (2015 season). Since returning to action in 2016, he ran a 16:54.5 at Detweiler Park in Peoria in September, and his best time in 2016 was a 16:28.5 at the Pat Savage Invitational.

 It took Kyle Friedler the whole season to build up his mileage, and now he would have the benefit of a taper before the IHSA State Championships.

 To run fast, an athlete has to seek pain. Your body sends you a message that your done, when your really have 25% more to give. The great athletes can push through that barrier of pain, and tap into that zone. Mental toughness and threasholds for seeking more pain are critical for a Cross Country athlete.

 No athlete on the planet has endured more pain than Kyle Friedler.

 Kyle Friedler runs until he is dead tired, and then he pushes harder.

 At the IHSA State Championships, Kyle Friedler ran the first mile in 5:06.99, and then ran an impressive NEGATIVE split of 5:06.52 for the second mile (10:13.51), and then ran the final mile in 5:11.71 for a PERSONAL BEST time of 15:25.22. Kyle Friedler DROPPED ONE MINUTE and 29 SECONDS (16:54.5) from the First to the Finish Invitational on the SAME course! Kyle Friedler also dropped 25 seconds off his career best time (15:50) with a personal best time of 15:25.22. Kyle Friedler ran the fourth fastest time in Northside history! Friedler also finished ahead of every athlete that had previously beat him at IHSA Regional and IHSA Sectionals.

 Kyle Friedler holds three school records, including the 3200m run, Distance Medley Relay, and 4x1600m Relay.

 The Northside Coaching Staff is looking forward to Co-MVP Kyle Friedler's upcoming Track season, and a great collegiate career.

 If Northside had a Mount Rushmore for Cross Country, Kyle Frielder would be on it, and another athlete that would be on it would be Co-MVP Alex Ortiz.

 Alex Ortiz earned his third consecutive Varsity letter in Cross Country before the season even commenced by running over 500 miles during the summer for an automatic Varsity letter. 

 Senior Alex Ortiz was the Chicago Northside Mustangs Top runner at the August Team Time Trial, Yorkville Invitational, St. Patrick Invitational, Libertyville Invitational, and the Chicago Public League Championships.

 The Chicago Public League consists of 70 high schools, and 490 runners in the Varsity division.

 Alex Ortiz finished in the Top 20 in the Varsity division at the Chicago Public League Championships!

 Alex Ortiz also became the only athlete in Northside history run a 4:36 mile at a Cross Country practice! Ortiz also has an 800m personal record of 2:01.

 An Alex Ortiz Track workout is legendary. Running at his Tempo pace, he laps multiple athletes around the Track. He spends hours after every practice, doing core, deadlifts, and balancing exercises. His work ethic is incredible.

 Prior to the IHSA State Championships, Alex Ortiz had a personal record of 16:22.

 At the IHSA State Championships, Alex Ortiz BROKE THE 16 MINUTES BARRIER for the first time in his athletic career. Alex Ortiz ran the first mile in 5:07.69, and then ran the second mile in 5:18.87 (10:26.56), and then ran the final mile in 5:21.55 for a PERSONAL BEST time of 15:48.11. Alex Ortiz ran the eighth fastest time in Northside history!

 Alex Ortiz also holds the school record in the Distance Medley Relay, and 4x1600m Relay.

 Ortiz also holds Northside weight room school records, including Pull-ups (44).

 Alex Ortiz is one of the greatest athletes in the history of Northside!



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Alex Ortiz

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NORTHSIDE JUNIOR SARA MCCOY AND SENIOR FIONA CASEY WIN CROSS COUNTRY MVP AWARD

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Sara McCoy

 In 2016, Northside Junior Sara McCoy WON the Leyden Eagle Invitational, finished third at the St. Patrick Invitational, finished sixth at the Rebel Invitational, finished fourth at the Libertyville Invitational, finished fourth at the Pat Savage Invitational, and finished second at the Chicago Public League Championships.

 At the IHSA Regional Championships, Sara McCoy broke the course record (18:31) to win it!

 At the IHSA Sectional Championships, Sara McCoy helped Northside to their first IHSA Sectional Title in the sport of Cross Country. McCoy also helped Northside qualify for the IHSA State Championships as a TEAM for the first time since 2011.

 At the IHSA State Championships, Sara McCoy ran the first mile in 5:47.78, and then ran the second mile in 6:00.81 (11:48.59), and then ran the final mile in 6:09.46 to BREAK THE SCHOOL RECORD with a peronal best time of 17:57.65.

 At the September 2016 Peoria First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiler Park, Sara McCoy earned a Medal by finishing in 18th place with an official time of 19:27.7. At the IHSA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, on the SAME course, in Peoria, Sara McCoy dropped one minute and 30 seconds with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:57.65.

 Sara McCoy also holds the school record in the 4x800m Relay, 1600m, and 3200m.

 In 2016, Northside Senior Fiona Casey WON the St. Patrick Invitational, finished SECOND at the Leyden Eagle Invitational, finished sixth at the Yorkville Invitational, finished ninth at the Libertyville Invitational, finished 15th at the Pat Savage Invitational, finished fourth at the Chicago Public League Championships, and finished SECOND at the IHSA Regional Championships.

 At the IHSA Sectional Championships, Fiona Casey became the FIRST ATHLETE in Northside history to WIN an individual IHSA Sectional Cross Country title with a season best time of 18:38.6. Fiona Casey's outstanding performance helped the Mustangs WIN the TEAM title as well, and advance to the IHSA State Championships as a TEAM for the first time since 2011.

 At the IHSA State Championships, Fiona Casey helped Northside to a sixth place TEAM finish (best finish in CPS history), by running the first mile in 5:49.08, and then ran the second mile in 6:24.37 (12:13.45), and then ran the final mile in 6:28.85 for an outstanding time of 18:42.30.

 Fiona Casey also holds the school record in the 800m and 4x800m Relay.



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Fiona Casey

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2016 IHSA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday, November 5
Northside SIXTH in Illinois! Sara McCoy breaks school record!

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Sara McCoy BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD with a 17:58!

 On Friday, November 4, 2016, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon, Assosiate Assistant Coach Michael Giberson, Assistant Coach Makenzie Carr, Assistant Coach Erika Grammel, and the Northside Top 11 Men and Women traveled to Peoria, Illinois for the IHSA State Cross Country Championships. The Mustangs celebrated their season on Friday night at the Mark Twain Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.

The Illinois High School Association has over 780 member high schools, and on Saturday, the best 25 Teams in the State would race for the Title!

 On Saturday, November 5, 2016, the Northside Varsity Men and Women traveled to Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois for the 2016 IHSA State Championships!

 Upon arrival, Detweiller Park was filled with Teams, spectators, and multiple vendors selling everything from T-shirts to Nike Shoes to Programs to Hotdogs.

 The course was lined with over 20,000 spectators, including several Northside parents that made the trip to Peoria to support the TEAM. It was great for the athletes to see so many familiar faces on race day.

 Prior to 2016, the best CPS Performance by a Girls Team at the IHSA State Championships was a 14th place Team finish by Whitney Young in 2009 (17:11, 18:24, 19:01, 19:25, 19:31, 19:46, 20:10).

 In 2016, the Northside Varsity Women made history by finishing in 6th place in Illinois! The 2016 Northside Mustangs are the greatest TEAM in CPS history!

 The 2016 lady Mustangs had one athlete under 18 minutes, three athletes under 19 minutes, and six athletes at or under 19:25. The 2009 Dolphins had one athlete under 18 minutes, two athletes under 19 minutes, and four athletes at or under 19:25.

 The Northside lady Mustangs finished the season as the 6th best TEAM in Illinois. The Northside Mustangs had a record of 19-5 on the day, and a season record of 235-19! It is the highest win total in the history of the program!

 On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Junior Sara McCoy, Senior Fiona Casey, Senior Sylwia Balata, Freshman Gwendolyn Casey, Sophomore Erin Franke, Sophomore Kendra Lachcik, and Sophomore Erin Goldman ran their final Cross Country race of the season for the Mustangs, and warmed-up with teammates, Faith Zehfuss, Anna Pasek, Alina Yamin, and Eliana Neurohr before checking in at the starting line.

 Northside was assigned to box #32, and after a uniform inspection by an IHSA Official, the Mustangs took the starting line.

 After a long whistle, a gun was fired, and the 2016 IHSA State Championship commenced!

 Northside Captain Sara McCoy finished in 32nd overall (21st for Team scoring) with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:58. Junior Sara McCoy dropped one minute and 16 seconds (19:14) from the IHSA Sectional Championships. Sara McCoy BROKE THE SCHOOL RECORD with an official time of 17:58.

 Northside Senior Sylwia Balata finished second for the Mustangs and in 63rd overall (44th for Team scoring) with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18:39. Sylwia Balata dropped 53 seconds (19:32) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an official time of 18:39.

 Northside Captain Fiona Casey finished third for the Mustangs and in 65th overall (45th for Team scoring) with an outstanding time of 18:43. Senior Fiona Casey dropped 9 seconds (18:52) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an official time of 18:43.

 Northside Freshman Gwen Casey finished fourth for the Mustangs and in 115th place overall (85th for Team scoring) with a PERSONAL BEST time of 19:19. Gwen Casey dropped 40 seconds (19:59) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an official time of 19:19.

 Northside Sophomore Erin Franke finished fifth for the Mustangs to complete the scoring and in 118th place overall (88th for Team scoring) with a PERSONAL BEST time of 19:21. Erin Franke dropped 35 seconds (19:56) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an official time of 19:21.

 Northside Sophomore Kendra Lachcik finished sixth for the Mustangs and in 125th place overall (94th for Team scoring) with a PERSONAL BEST time of 19:25. Kendra Lachcik dropped 34 seconds (19:59) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an official time of 19:25.

 Northside Sophomore Erin Goldman finished seventh for the Mustangs and in 158th place overall (123rd for Team scoring) with a PERSONAL BEST time of 19:53. Erin Goldman dropped one minute and fourteen seconds (21:07) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an official time of 19:53.

 Northside will be honored at the East Bank Club on Thursday, Novemeber 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm.  



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2016 IHSA State Cross Country Championships!
Saturday, November 5
Northside eighteenth in Illinois!

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18th in ILLINOIS!

 On Friday, November 4, 2016, Northside Head Coach Jon Gordon, Assosiate Assistant Coach Michael Giberson, Assistant Coach Makenzie Carr, Assistant Coach Erika Grammel, and the Northside Top 11 Men and Women traveled to Peoria, Illinois for the IHSA State Cross Country Championships.

 The Mustangs celebrated their season on Friday night at the Mark Twain Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.

 The Illinois High School Association has over 780 member high schools, and on Saturday, the best 25 Teams in the State would race for the Title!

 On Saturday, November 5, 2016, the Northside Varsity Men and Women traveled to Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois for the 2016 IHSA State Championships!

 Upon arrival, Detweiller Park was filled with Teams, spectators, and multiple vendors selling everything from T-shirts to Nike Shoes to Programs to Hotdogs.

 The course was lined with over 20,000 spectators, including several Northside parents that made the trip to Peoria to support the TEAM. It was great for the athletes to see so many familiar faces on race day.

 The Northside Varsity Men finished in 18th place in Illinois! It was the best finish in the history of the program!

 Northside finished in 18th place with 436 points, and posted victories over: 19. Peoria Notre Name (447 points), 20. Illinois Math and Science Academy (451 points), 21. Fenton, IHSA Sectional Champions (469 points), 22. Dunlap (479 points), 23. Brother Rice (524 points), 24. Walter Payton (550 points), and 25 Elmwood Park (574 points).

 Northside Captain Kyle Friedler led the Varsity Men by finishing in 31st place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 15:26. Senior Kyle Friedler passed Alumni legend Charlie Mesimore (15:37) on the All Time list with the fourth fastest time in Northside history with a 15:26! Kyle Friedler dropped one minute and thirteen seconds (16:39) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with a personal best time of 15:26.

 Northside Captain Alex Ortiz finished second for the Mustangs and in 44th place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 15:49. Senior Alex Ortiz passed Alumni legend Cooper Eben (15:50) on the All Time list with the eighth fastest time in Northside history with a 15:49! Alex Ortiz dropped one minute and eight seconds (16:57) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with a personal best time of 15:49.

 Northside Captain Brian McManus finished third for the Mustangs and in 97th place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 16:26. Senior Brian McManus passed Alumni legend Joseph Terdik on the All Time list with the 17th fastest time in Northside history with a 16:26! Brian McManus dropped one minute and twenty-one seconds (17:47) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with a personal best time of 16:26.

 Northside Sophomore Norberto Nieves finished fourth for the Mustangs and in 127th place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 16:54. Norberto Nieves dropped 32 seconds (17:26) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with a personal best time of 16:54.

 Northside Sophomore Kristopher Ushijima finished fifth for the Mustangs to complete the scoring and in 137th place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:02. Kristopher Ushijima dropped 54 seconds (17:56) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with a personal best time of 17:02.

 Northside Sophomore John Kim finished sixth for the Mustangs and in 151st place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:13. John Kim dropped 52 seconds (18:05) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with a personal best time of 17:13.

 Northside Freshman Jack Vasilopoulos finished seventh for the Mustangs and in 168th place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:56. Jack Vasilopoulos BROKE THE 18 MINUTE BARRIER for the first time, and ran the 44th fastest time in Northside history! Jack Vasilopoulos dropped 47 seconds (18:43) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with a personal best time of 17:56.

 For the first time in Northside history, all 7 runners ran a PERSONAL BEST time at the IHSA State Championships!!! The 2016 Northside Varsity Men also had the best TEAM performance (18th place in ILLINOIS) in Northside history!

 The Northside Cross Country TEAM will be honored at the East Bank Club on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm.



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Thursday, November 3
Former IHSA State Cross Country Qualifier Ben Zobrist named World Series MVP! Northside travels to Peoria, Illinois for the IHSA State Championships!

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  In 1996, Ben Zobrist finished in 111th place for Eureka High School at the IHSA State Cross Country Championships with an official time of 17:07. On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Ben Zobrist was named World Series MVP for the Chicago Cubs. Ben Zobrist ran Cross Country, played Basketball, and played Baseball in High School. However, the only Team that made it to STATE in high school, was his Cross Country Team.

 On Friday, November 4, 2016, the Northside Varisty Men and Varsity Women are departing for Peoria, Illinois at 9 am to prepare for the IHSA State Championships!!!

 The IHSA State Championship takes place at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois and features the 25 best Teams in Illinois.

 Every hotel in Peoria is filled to its capacity for the IHSA State Championships. Mike Potter, of New York, recently said, "Who wouldn't want to come to Detweiller? A famous course, with the nation's finest state of distance runners!" Spectators are traveling from around the country to witness the 2016 IHSA State Championships.

 The Northside Mustangs will have practice at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 4, 2016, on the State Final Course at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois.

 A Varsity TEAM Dinner will take place Friday evening, at 5:30 pm, at Peoria's famous Two25 restaurant. The CPS does not cover any of the coaches and athletes expenses for meals. The TEAM will also stop for lunch on the way to Peoria on Friday, and after the STATE meet on Saturday. 

 The TEAM will be lodging at Peoria's Mark Twain Hotel. The hotel rooms boast a wall mount flat screen television, DVD player with surrond sound, all custom woodwork, refrigerator, microwave, wired/wireless internet, cordless phone, and hot breakfast buffet. A special thanks to Northside Principal Kelly Mest for providing the Team with outstanding hotel rooms.

 The IHSA State Championships will commence with the Varsity Girls race at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Athletes are required to be in their box number for uniform inspection at 10:35 am.

 The Varsity Men will race at 12:00 pm.  Athletes are required to be in their box number for uniform inspection at 11:35 am.

 All State Honors and Medals will be awarded to the Top 25 athletes in the meet. Trophies will also be awarded to the Top 3 Teams. An Awards ceremony will take place at 1 pm.

 The IHSA has announced the race numbers and box number assignments for the 2016 IHSA State Championships!!!

BOX #32

784 - Sylwia Balata (Sr.)

785 - Fiona Casey (Sr.)

786 - Gwendolen Casey (Fr.)

787 - Erin Franke (So.)

788 - Erin Goldman (So.)

789 - Kendra Lachcik (So.)

790 - Sara McCoy (Jr.)

791 - Eliana Neurohr (Jr.)

792 - Anna Pasek (Sr.)

793 - Alina Yamin (So.)

794 - Faith Zehfuss (So.)

 

BOX #34 

1174 — Kyle Friedler (Sr.)

1176 — Seth Karall (Fr.)

1177 — John Kim (So.)

1178 — Brian McManus (Sr.)

1179 — Jalen Miron (Fr.)

1180 — Noberto Nieves (So.)

1181 — Alex Ortiz (Sr.)

1182 — Kristopher Ushijima (So.)

1183 — Jack Vasilopoulos (Fr.)    

1184 — Jack Webster (Sr.)

1185 — Marcus Zinke (Fr.)  



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The Northside College Prep Cross Country Website has been named a "Spotlight" site by its host company eteamz.com. It has been rated as one of the top sites out of over 1,000,000 sites.

 

 

 



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Newsweek: America's Best High Schools 2016

Congratulations to Northside College Prep for earning America's Best High Schools top ranked honor, 1st in the state of Illinois!



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NORTHSIDE CROSS COUNTRY ATTENDANCE POLICY

Practice Before School Starts

There will be a minimum of 19 practices and 3 Meets held before the first day of school (Tuesday, September 5, 2017). These practices are NOT considered optional, and this time is not referred to as pre-season. 

Our expectation is that everyone will be there on the first day (Wednesday, August 9th at 4:00 pm, in front of the main entrance of Northside College Prep). Athletes that miss more than 3 practices from August 9, 2017 through November 4, 2017 are dismissed from the TEAM unless the absence was excused months in advance. 

Summer Jobs: Athletes are not permitted to miss practice to work a summer job once the season starts on August 9th. That doesn’t mean that they cannot continue with summer employment past this date, it just means that they need to communicate with their employer and work out a modified schedule. August practices are from 4:00 pm until 6:00 p.m. each afternoon. We have found that most employers are flexible with an athlete’s work schedule provided that the cross country commitment is communicated to them well in advance of the first day of practice. 

Summer Camps: Our expectation is that all upper-class athletes (grades 10 – 12) will be home from summer camp by August 10th. In a situation when this is not possible, the athlete needs to communicate with the coaching staff before the end of the 2016-2017 school year. No sophomore, junior, or senior athlete should expect to join the team after this date. 

Family Vacations: We understand that family trips are tough to schedule and that there are a limited amount of days to squeeze in this valuable time. We hope that this can be accomplished prior to August 9th, but we know that a few unique situations may come up. If they do,communication with the coaching staff prior to the end of the school year is critical. No sophomore, junior, or senior athlete should expect to join the team after this date.

*** IMPORTANT *** 

There is so much that is packed into the first two weeks of practice that we believe it is beneficial for the TEAM and the athlete to attend during this time. Parents sometimes feel that an athlete can “train on their own” during this time period and achieve the same experience. We don’t believe that is possible. 

The foundation for a safe and successful season is established during this time. Team building activities take place during this period. Setting expectations for attitude, practice time and competition are discussed and emphasized every day from the first TEAM meeting. 

Establishing proper running form via drills and strength work begin on the first day, and there is obviously more time to work on technique prior to school starting than once school begins. Many of these drills are not repeated later. Every practice prepares the athlete for the NEXT practice. Attending practices out of sequence causes injuries. It is vital to the success of the TEAM, that athletes are prepared to commence their training on August 9. 

Building up running volume and intensity gradually over the first three weeks prior to competition allows an athlete to be more successful at the end of the season and avoid injury. We have found that athletes that come out late are much more likely to sustain an injury during the season than those who show up relatively fit on the first day. Remember, once school starts, only 8 weeks remain before the season is over for most of our athletes.

Northside has THREE meets prior to the first day of school: August 21 (Yorkville Invitational), August 25 (Northside Home Invitational), and September 2 (Rebel Invitational in Kenosha, Wisconsin)

Practice After School Starts

Clubs/Jobs/Music Lessons/Other Sports/Tutors: Athletes are not allowed to miss practice for any of these situations. Other than competing in a second sport, we do not discourage a student from partaking in any of the above; rather our expectation is that they will make arrangements to ensure that these events do not conflict with attending practice. Any absences of this nature will be considered unexcused. Athletics need a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night to recover from a full day of academics and a cross country practice. 

Missing Meets: Our expectation is that our athletes will compete in every meet and hopefully look forward to and enjoy these competitions. Our sport is unique in that each athlete gets to compete in most meets and measure their progress against times from prior competitions. We consider missing a meet a big deal, and any circumstances that would lead to this situation should be communicated to the coaching staff well in advance of the competition. The foundation of our team and ultimately our success is based on friendship and support for one another, but this is not a running club and competing in meets is a requirement for all athletes. 

Number of Absences Allowed: We expect our athletes to be at practice every day. That being said, if an athlete is absent from more than 3 practices, the athlete is dismissed from the Team.

 

What is the IHSA mandatory start date for High Schools

to participate in the sport of Cross Country in Future seasons?

 The Illinois High School Athletic association has set the following dates for the next four years for the start of mandatory practices for Cross Country: 

2017:                     August 9

2018:                     August 8

2019:                     August 14 



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