The 2018 girls cross country team is off to a historic start. Their returning 3rd place 1A finisher Frankie Chaidez, leads a youthful aspiring group of runners.
They started their season off with a win at the Westmont triangular over Westmont and ACC. Chaidez, Kennedy Calcagno and Carly Manchester finished 1,2,3 followed by Annie Guinan (6th), Alia Johnson (8th), Leeza Maloney (21st) and Maggie O’brien (22nd) scoring 20 team points.
The team then took first place in the Knight Invite at Plunkett Park on September 8th. The team placed five girls in the top ten which was enough to win the championship for the first time in team history.
Staying true to firsts in team history, the team followed their Knight invite championship with another first place finish at St. Francis on September 14th and most recently, the team won yet another first place championship at the Harvest Christian Invite on September 22nd.
The team has been focused on constant improvement in their daily practices which has allowed them to have success in their races. ICCP’s junior captain Annie Guinan has lead by example.
“We have a great group of women who are totally committed to selfless running” said second year coach Dawn Calcagno. “Our group of ladies have been comprised of students from Visitation and IC grade school, with the rich running tradition in Elmhurst it gives us a tremendous legacy to uphold.” said Calcagno.
Many of the runners fully committed to training during the summer at CK running camp and that dedication has proven vital to the teams quick start this season. This group of girls has been catapulted from cross country obscurity to a ranking of 10th in 1A in the state of Illinois.
The girls have enjoyed the season so far, but they have goals of going to the state championship and chasing the dreams of bringing home some hardware for ICCP.
“Our program is centered around developing powerful women who have are dedicated themselves to a common goal — team success,” said coach Calcagno. “We really don’t know what the future has in store for our team, but we committed to making the community, town and school proud.”