Mustangs Stampede at Cross-Country City Championships
By Sally Kim
Northside’s cross country team participated in City Championships at Washington Park, near the University of Chicago, on Oct. 13. The women’s varsity team consists of seniors Erin Franke, Adv. 908, Kendra Lachcik, Adv. 908, and captain Erin Goldman, Adv. 911, in addition to the junior Kathleen Clemenz, Adv. 005, and freshmen Elia Ton-That, Adv. 208, and Nora Hill Adv. 202, The men’s varsity team consists of seniors Minjun (John) Kim, Adv. 906, Gabriel Vara, Adv. 900, captain Norberto Nieves, Adv. 900, and Kristopher Ushijima, Adv. 910, in addition to juniors Seth Karall, Adv. 007, Jalen Miron, Adv. 010, and sophomore Ezra Hill, Adv. 106. The women’s cross country team lost its star runner, Sara McCoy, who graduated last year and is now a member of Northwestern’s XC/TF team. The seniors, especially those who have been on the team for four consecutive years, have been trying to run their best this season, but many were injured, according to Nieves. “A lot of the boys have been taking it more slowly this season because we also want to save our energy for the upcoming track season in the winter.”
Running three miles in 30 degree weather with shorts and a tank was not easy for the runners during the championships. The best stats came from the sophomore Ezra Hill, with a time of 17:06, which equates to an approximately 5:40 mile, placing him 28th in city out of 185 runners. Vara came close with a sub-18 time of 17:18, then Neives and Karall separated by a mere 0.4 seconds, with 17:30.3 and 17:30.7. Miron also managed to run under 18 minutes, with the time of 17:56. Kim came in last for the Mustangs with a still impressive time of 18:03. These times got them to place 5th overall in city, after Jones College Prep (1st), Whitney Young Magnet (2nd), Lane Tech (3rd), and Taft (4th).
The women’s varsity team has won city for the past four years. This year, with injuries, the team has not performed as well as in the past, but captain Goldman still says the team is satisfied with its results. “Although we didn’t take another win this year, we did as well as we could and are happy with the 4th place finish. We’re looking forward to continuing to improve as we head into regionals and sectionals in the next few weeks.” Women’s best result came from the freshman star, Ton-That, with an impressive time of 18:46, which landed her with a medal and a 4th place overall result out of 167 runners. Franke placed 6th overall, winning a medal with a time of 18:56, followed directly by Casey, who placed 7th overall with a time of 19:14. Lachcik still performed impressively with a time of 20:18, coming in 25th overall, followed later by Goldman with a time of 21:25. Clemenz tied up the varsity Mustangs with a sub-24 time.
The IHSA Regionals occurred on Saturday, Oct. 20, and the Women’s team qualified for Sectionals which will take place on Oct. 27.