Girls Cross Country Finishes Strong


Girls varsity team after winning a trophy at the Galesburg Invite. Left to right: Paige Aklie, Molly Siebendaler, Abby Bannister, Macy Priess, Jordan Serrahn, Kylie Webb.

Alyssa Varness

The Dunlap Girls Cross Country team continues their legacy by exceeding expectations throughout their 2018 season.


The team was faced with an uphill battle this season after losing six of their 10 varsity runners. Four of the runners graduated and two freshman transferred.


This created a huge impact on the team, “The experienced girls realized what they needed to do to repeat success,” Chris Friedman, coach of the team, stated.


The team finished 15th overall at the Palatine Meet on Saturday September, 22. Palatine was a large meet consisting of many 3A schools.


“It was a good learning experience and it showed where the bigger and better teams are at compared to us,” Abby Banister, junior, described.


Macy Priess, sophomore, led the team, placing 19th at the Palatine meet.


“I think that the Palatine Meet is the meet where our team really bonds the most. It’s a really fun experience to be able to travel to Palatine and compete against teams that we never see around here.” described Priess.


The team has been consistent in previous years, winning the Mid-Illini Conference the past five years and placing at state multiple times.


Friedman credits the middle school cross country programs for preparing runners for the transition into high school, allowing for consistency.


“Success breeds successful people who see the accomplishments and want to be a part of it,” Friedman emphasized.


The Girls Cross Country team will compete at the Metamora Invite this Saturday followed by the Mid-Illini Conference meet October 12, where they hope to win their sixth consecutive conference title.