Summer Eagles: Dunlap Girls Still Hitting Track

State Champs Using Summer To Fine Tune

DUNLAP, Ill. - Yes, the girls on the Dunlap track team enjoyed celebrating their first state championship.
 
But it hasn't taken long for the Lady Eagles to begin thinking about next year.

"It takes you two weeks to get out of cardio shape but it can take you up to two months to get back into cardio shape," said sprinter Lizzy Hoenes.

And so the Dunlap track isn't lonely in the summer.

"I think June and July is really important is you want to better yourself as an athlete, to better your times but it's also important if you want to compete in college," said senior-to-be Savannah Sullivan, who has competed in the heptathlon in some summer meets.

Three years ago Dunlap started voluntary summer workouts of track athletes who weren't competing on summer club teams. Sullivan and hurdler Sarah Georgieff regularly meet coach Pat Garst at the track for these voluntary workouts.

"Between my freshman and sophomore seasons I really didn't work on my hurdles like I should
have during the offseason," Georgieff said. "It was hard for me to improve my time my sophomore season."

Dunlap's next full-team track practice will be in the winter prior to the indoor season. But work this summer at the track could make for another memorable Eagles' season next spring.

"If wejust get a feel for technique getting better when we come back in December and January when
we start training, we'll be fresh-minded," said Sullivan. "We won't have as many bad habits because we
are fixing them in the summer."


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