Girls Cross Country Team Places Third at Regionals, Advances to Sectionals

Gabi Szado heads to the finish line at the Class 2A regionals.

Junior Gabi Szado heads to the finish line at the Oct. 20 Class 2A girls cross country regional meet at Elmwood Park High School. Szado led the EPHS girls to a third-place finish, qualifying them to move on to the IHSA sectionals Oct. 27 at Fenton High School in Bensenville. (District 401 photo by Dave Porreca)


For the second straight year, the Elmwood Park girls cross country team has advanced to sectionals in the 2018 IHSA Class 2A state series competition. 

The Running Tigers accomplished that feat by placing third as a team at the Oct. 20 regional meet hosted by EPHS.

River Forest Trinity won the meet with 27 points. Chicago Solorio Academy took second (31), followed by EPHS (99), Chicago Noble/ITW Speer (100), Chicago Lindblom (131) and Chicago Noble/Bulls (174).

Junior Gabi Szado led the way for the Tigers with an eighth-place individual finish. Szado ran the three-mile course in 20 minutes, 26.4 seconds. 

Alexis Cohn of Trinity was the meet’s individual champion with a time of 19:11.4.

Junior Geti Zani and senior Melissa Szarometa also finished in the top 20 for EPHS. Zani placed 18th (22:05.4) and Szarometa 20th (23:00.1).

See the table below for the Tigers’ complete team results.


EPHS Team Results | Class 2A Regional Meet


NAME

CLASS

PLACE

TIME

Gabi Szado

Junior

8th

20:26.4

Geti Zani

Junior

18th

22:05.4

Melissa Szarometa

Senior

20th

23:00.1

Alaa Abdelhadi

Junior

26th

24:10.5

Raquel Bernal

Senior

27th

24:28.0

Angela Zamudio

Sophomore

29th

24:36.9

Nicole Domagala

Junior

37th

26:27.8


The Road to Peoria


Next up for the Tigers will be sectionals Saturday, Oct. 27, at Fenton High School in Bensenville. (Click here for directions to Fenton.)

The top five teams at that meet will qualify for the Class 2A state finals Nov. 3 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. In addition, the top seven individual runners from the rest of the field will advance to state.

The girls sectional race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the boys at 11. 

Although no EPHS girls advanced out of sectionals last year, Szado qualified for state individually in 2016 as a freshman. She went on to finish 70th in Peoria out of 200 runners.

The Running Tigers are coached by Ms. Kendal Ahlmann. This is the third time in the last four years and seventh time this decade that the girls have reached sectionals as a team. (Click here for IHSA results dating back to 1996.) Good luck to all at Fenton!


Photos from the Oct. 20 Girls Regional Meet


The following photos were taken Oct. 20 at the 2018 Class 2A regional meet hosted by EPHS. All photos are by Dave Porreca, District 401 web/media specialist (click images for a larger view).


Gabi Szado runs

Junior Gabi Szado


Gabi Szado

Gabi Szado 


Geti Zani

Junior Geti Zani


Geti Zani

Geti Zani


Melissa Szarometa

Senior Melissa Szarometa


Melissa Szarometa

Melissa Szarometa


Alaa Abdelhadi

Junior Alaa Abdelhadi 


Alaa Abdelhadi

Alaa Abdelhadi 


Raquel Bernal

Senior Raquel Bernal


Raquel Bernal

Raquel Bernal


Angela Zamudio

Sophomore Angela Zamudio


Angela Zamudio

Angela Zamudio


Nicole Domagala

Junior Nicole Domagala


Nicole Domagala

Nicole Domagala


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