Girls track and field previews: Krawczykowski sisters give Willowbrook strong relays
Glenbard East freshman phenom Lindsay Graham looks to be an instant state contender
Coach: Joe Latala
Anitra Davis, jr. (sprints)
Stephany Flores, jr. (sprints)
Jamie Gradishar, sr. (pole vault)
Lindsay Graham, fr. (distance)
Angela Kerndl, so. (jumps)
Maddie Smith, jr. (jumps)
What to watch: Jamie Gradishar is the Rams’ lone individual state qualifier to return this season. The pole vaulter was second in the DuPage Valley Conference indoor meet.
The other individual standout should be freshman Lindsay Graham. After starring for the cross country team and qualifying for state in the fall, Graham capped off the indoor season with a DVC title in the 3,200-meter run. She will be a threat in both the 1,600 and 3,200 throughout the year.
The Rams have some strong relays as well. Anitra Davis and Stephany Flores will be key runners for the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays.
Coach: Pete Connelly
Theresa Connelly, sr. (mid. distance, hurdles)
Brittany Fisher, jr. (distance)
Daria Floyd, sr. (triple jump, sprints)
Maggie Hallerud, jr. (distance)
Catherine Kitz, sr. (distance)
Kelly McNamara, so. (sprints, long jump)
What to watch: The Broncos have ambitious goals based on a young group of talented athletes coming up as well as three returners from the 4 x 800-meter relay that took second in Class 3A last year.
“Our goals are to contend for a conference championship, win at least one event at state and contend for a state trophy,” said coach Pete Connelly.
Theresa Connelly, Catherine Kitz and Brittany Fisher are back in the 4 x 800.
The team’s fastest sprinter, according to Connelly, is sophomore Kelly McNamara. McNamara suffered a concussion in the offseason but is expected back soon. Freshman Gianna Salzbrunn should also contribute right away in sprints and long jump.
Coach: Dave Pytko
Jamie Borscha, jr. (sprints)
Chandlyr Kulpa, sr. (sprints)
Janely Sanchez, so. (sprints)
Yulisa Vivero, jr. (sprints)
What to watch: The Blazers struggled at the West Suburban Gold indoor meet. Vivero was AT’s only individual athlete to score points at the varsity level.
However, the Blazers have more younger athletes in terms of numbers and have shown to be talented as well. Freshman Nicole Pudlo won the triple jump at the frosh/soph level at indoor conference and would have finished fourth at the varsity level has a chance to make state this year.
Coach Dave Pytko is hoping the youth will help the Blazers get out of the basement in the Gold.
"Our outlook has been better than it has been over the past few years," Pytko said.
Coach: Clyde Ware
Danielle Beamon, jr. (sprints, long jump)
Kayla Denwood, so. (mid. distance)
Marisa Klaassen, sr. (sprints)
Molly Krawczykowski, jr. (sprints, mid. distance)
Colleen Krawczykowski, sr. (long jump, sprints, mid. distance)
Jada Stills, jr. (shot put)
What to watch: Thanks to the Krawczykowski sisters, Colleen and Molly, the Warriors will be a threat in relays. Colleen returns from the 4 x 100- and 4 x 200-meter relays that Willowbrook sent to state last year.
Danielle Beamon and Marisa Klaassen should also contribute to the relays.
Shot putter Jada Stills won the West Suburban Gold indoor meet.