2012 State Runner Up
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HOIC Conference Champions: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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Lady Falcons Achieve Highest Finish in School History
The track team took 11 girls to the IHSA state track meet in Charleston qualifying 14 times in 11 events . Senior Sydni Meunier (800, 1600, 4x400) led with 20 individual points as she became the first GCMS athlete to be a repeat state champion winning both the 800m and 1600m. Sydni dropped her time from state last year setting a new school record and a historical all-area best in 4:50.75. Senior Angel Gaesser (TJ, 800, 4x100, 4x400) contributed 11 team points by placing 2nd in the 800m and 7th in the triple with a new school record jump. When the girls came in their freshman year the school's 800m record was 2:28, and now both girls have broken that time by 17 seconds! Even since last season, both girls have improved dramatically in their times. Their times were the top two in the history of the area. Both of these girls were also part of the 4x400 team (Jordyn Nettleton, Latoya Baillie, Sydni Meunier, Angel Gaesser) that placed 3rd two years ago and missed qualifying for finals last year by a hundredth of a second after a baton drop. This year they return with a new member more determined than ever. They met their goal of breaking the four minute mark and took the top spot in school record time adding 10 more points to the team's total to clinch the runner-up team title. The 4x100 team (Jess Meyer, Lauren Nagle, Jordyn Nettleton, Angel Gaesser) was also a repeat qualifier from last season and improved running a new school record to make the final round earning one of the top lanes. After a solid start the baton was dropped in the last exchange but the girls showed heart in picking it up and finishing the race to earn the team a point. Senior Jordyn Nettleton not only contributed in both the relays, but also finished her high school career strong placing in both her hurdle events in personal record time earning the team several points. Her twin sister Jaymi Nettleton had a great prelim day in the pole vault after coming off an injury to qualify for finals. She also was a part of a young 4x200 relay (Jess Meyer, Chrissy Angelos, Jaymi Nettleton, Lauren Nagle) that improved their time by two seconds despite missing finals. Other girls that qualified for state showing promise for next season include: Kayla O'Neal (discus, shot) and Erin Tabor (100mh). Of the six seniors we graduate this year, four of them will continue to run track in college. Sydni Meunier will run cross country and track for Notre Dame University. Angel Gaesser will also run track and cross country in Indiana at Indiana Wesleyan University. Jaymi Nettleton will join her as teammate once again in track. Finally, Jordyn Nettleton will run hurdles for Olivet Nazarene University. We will miss their smiles and leadership! Good luck girls :)
Girls 4x400 Breaks IL Prep Top Times Record. Gaesser and Meunier ranked in Nation.
_ This weekend the girls competed in the IL prep top times state meet and had several significant things happen. Out of the ten events we qualified, we competed in eight, and we placed in six. The 800 was the first running event our team competed in and Angel and Sydni went one and two finishing with times placing them on ESPN's top 100 in the nation list. Angel ran 2:16.43 which currently ranks her #79, and Sydni's time of 2:16.77 ranks her #85- both times are over a second faster than last season at this meet. Previous to this race Angel placed 2nd place in triple and then followed the 800 with the 400m placing 4th. Then later Sydni ran a blazing time in the mile besting her outdoor time from last season 4:57.91 ranking her 14th in the nation. To finish the night our 4x400 team ran away from the field and broke the meet record in 4:08.45 with the next team at 4:13.99. The members were Jordyn, Toya, Sydni, and Angel. At the end of the night they honored Sydni as athlete of the meet. Keep up the great work, girls!
_Girls Finish with Highest Team Points in School History
The girls’ team took 9 girls to the IHSA state track meet in Charleston qualifying 13 times in 9 events. Junior Sydni Meunier (800, 1600, 4x400) led with 20 points, as she became the girls’ first state champion in the school's history by clenching titles in both the 800m and 1600m. Junior Angel Gaesser (TJ, 800, 4x100, 4x400) contributed 8 team points by placing 2nd behind Sydni in the 800m. When the girls came in their freshman year the school's 800m record was 2:28, and now both girls have broken that time by over 10 seconds! Even since last season, both girls have improved dramatically in their times and places. Sydni was 4th in the 800m and 2nd in the mile last year at state with a 5:16 and this year took first running a new school record in the prelims with a time of 4:58.48. Angel was 9th last year at state in the 800m with a time of 2:20.94 and has dropped her time to 2:15.53 to place 2nd. Both of these girls were part of the 4x400 team that placed 3rd last year at state and 1st this year at indoor state. The outdoor season looked promising once again, but due to a series of unfortunate events in the state prelims (including interference and the baton being knocked away) the girls missed qualifying by .01 despite fighting back in a photo finish with 1st place. Other girls that qualified for state showing promise for next season include: Kayla O'Neal (discus, shot), Jordyn Nettleton (100mh, 300mh, 4x100, 4x400), Jaymi Nettleton (PV), and Lauren Nagle (4x100). Our qualifying seniors are Ali Cowell (HJ, 4x100, 4x400) and Sam Tone (PV).
GCMS Wins Lady Falcon Invite with 139 pts.
Full results on statistics page . . .
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to support the Lady Falcon Invite one of the longest running track invites in the area for girls. The meet records date back to 1982, but this year alone 6 records were broken: pole vault, 100m, 800m, 400m, 1600m, 4x400m.
GCMS girls: Outstanding team victory! Your competitive spirit and determination for success drove this team onward despite the cool conditions. Last year the rain cancellation of this meet was frustrating and last Friday's rain-out was equally a let-down, but your performance last night was worth the wait! See all that hard work in practice Friday paid-off ; )
GCMS underclassmen continue to shine and show vast improvement, while the upperclassmen consistently anchor the team by way of leadership and points.
In field events alone 40 point were picked up toward the team total. Angel Gaesser moved into 1st in triple jump on one of her final jumps of the night. In other jumps, freshman Cassidy Brucker made long finals and Ali Cowell was the 3rd highest jumper, while Jaymi Nettleton and Sam Tone were the 3rd and 4th highest vaulters. Kayla O'Neal placed 3rd in the discus and shot, while Leah Keim was 5th. Coach Petersen is enthusiastic about what the throws have accomplished thus far. "It is good to see that their hard work is paying off . . . it has been a pleasant surprise o see them do so well this early in the season. I look forward to watching their distances going up as we get better weather."
Relays also contributed a bulk of points. The 4x100 (Jordyn, Ali, Lauren, Angel), 4x400 (Jordyn, Ali, Sydni, Angel), and fresh/soph medley (Jade, Jess, Latoya, Danielle) earned ten first place points. The 4x400 won in meet record time! Another record (school) was broken by the 4x200 (Jess, Ali, Jaymi, Lauren) as they placed 2nd gaining 8 points along with the 4x800 (Danielle, Jess, LaToya, Sydni).
In the sprints, freshman Lauren Nagle is a rising area star placing 2nd in the 200m and 5th in the 100m. Angel Gaesser finished strong in a tight 400m race and placed 2nd close behind a meet record breaking winner. Sydni Meunier was in two close races that produced two meet records in the 800m finishing 2nd and winning the mile. Jordyn Nettleton placed 2nd in both hurdle races with a solid time, while freshman Kaley Cushman ran a huge personal record (PR) in the 800m placing 6th and scoring team points. Other freshman with PRs in individual races include both Holly Tompkins and Abby McNutt in the 2-mile.
8 Girls Compete at IL Prep Top Times
Congratulations to the girls on an outstanding representation of our school on Saturday! The 4x400 team of Jordyn Nettleton, Ali Cowell, Sydni Meunier, and Angel Gaesser placed 1st in a NEW MEET RECORD time of 4:08.51. Sydni also placed 1st in the mile and 2nd in the 800m, while Angel placed 6th in the long jump and 3rd in the 800m. Both Sydni (#76) and Angel (#78) made the ESPN National Elite top 100 rankings with their times of 2:17.87 & 2:17.91. With that time Angel bettered her time from outdoor state by 3 seconds, and Sydni has already beat her mile time from outdoor state by 5 seconds.
Keep up the great work girls! Your preparation is paying off : )
Pictures from IL Prep Top Times
4x400 girls getting their medals . . .