Girls cross country places sixth at state


Jay Deegan

Juniors Liv Phillips and Ava Hendren lead the pack for Central’s girls varsity cross country team in the three-mile race at the IHSA state cross country meet on Nov. 5.

Evelyn Zwicky, Staff Writer

Pushing through the muddy course, both Naperville Central’s boys and girls cross country teams ran hard at the IHSA state championship meet on Nov. 5. The girls team placed sixth while the boys took 20th overall.
Following in the footsteps from the 2021 season, the girls team matched their placement from last year. Assistant coach Sarah Braun is proud of her athletes for keeping the momentum going and putting the effort in throughout the season to reach the level they are at.
“Illinois is one of the best cross country states across the nation, to get sixth is such an honor,” Braun said.
The conditions for the race were not ideal. The course was muddy making it even harder to run, and many athletes were running through sickness or injury. Junior Kate Tueting placed second on the team and is happy with the outcome.
“With the conditions and the situation we were given, I think we still did pretty well.” Tueting said.
Coming back from last season, the girls team was hoping to make the top three, and even though they didn’t quite reach their goals this season, they are coming back next season with the same goal of bringing home a trophy.
“This race is definitely going to be used as positive momentum going into next season and I truly think we will place on the podium at state,” Tueting said.