Team Spotlight - New Trier High School - Winnetka, Illinois; Girls
This interview features the New Trier High School (Winnetka, Illinois) girls team. New Trier returns five of the top seven (including the top three) from their 2011 Illinois State championship team that also finished fourth at Nike Cross Nationals.
School, location (city, state) - New Trier High School - Winnetka, Ilinois
Team (boys, girls, both) – girls
Head Coach – John Burnside
Assistant Coaches – Melissa Sapp, Jeff Bailey, Darrin Jeziorski, Mike Cliff, Kristen Smith, Laura McCain, Jaylyn Hermann, Shawn Riley, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Jessica Reimer
Top (national level) athletes; name, grade, PR’s – all XC times are from the IHSA State meet (3 miles)
Courtney Ackerman (Sr) – XC(16:50), 1600(4:54)
Jessica Ackerman (Sr) – XC(17:11), 1600 (4:57)
Mimi Smith (So) - XC(17:08), 1600(5:04)
Key(s) to the success of your team – The cohesive and supportive culture that exists on the team of over 220 girls. The hard work and dedication is balanced with a fun, caring atmosphere.
Your favorite meet(s) – Wheaton North -Falcon Classic, IHSA State meet
What you most love about cross country - The development of hard working, talented and driven individuals into a true team.
Teams you most enjoy competing against - Wheaton Warrenville South, Maine South HS, Prospect HS, Lake Park HS
Team goals for the season – The team is looking to continue to compete at the highest level offered by the host of talented teams in Illinois. This state has become increasingly competitive and right now boasts a depth of the strongest teams and individuals like nothing we've seen before.
See the New Trier HS MileSplit webpage at http://il.milesplit.com/teams/NTRHS .