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Track and field previews: Lemont boys, girls ready for spring season

Lemont boys

Coach: Dennis Kennedy

Top returners:

Justin Stanwyck, sr. (pole vault, mid. distance)

Scott Matulik, sr. (distance)

Luke Heatherington, sr. (distance)

Paul Rachwalski, sr. (pole vault)

Eric Whatley, so. (sprints, jumps)

Sebastian Bialas, so. (jumps)

Rory Cunningham, fr. (jumps)

What to watch: A balanced team with contributors from all grade levels, Lemont has the pieces in place for a successful spring.

Distance events could be a strength with the likes of Scott Matulik, Scott Franklin, Luke Heatherington and Andrew Kramer while the field events should yield contributions from a variety of athletes.

Justin Stanwyck leads the way in the pole vault (and the 800) with Paul Rachwalski also strong in that event. Sebastian Bialas could score points in both the long jump and triple with Ed Kostrubala and Nate Palermo handling the throws.

Freshman Rory Cunningham is a name to keep an eye on after he cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump at the Lemont indoor invite.

One of the smallest schools in Class 3A, the Indians will compete in the challenging Downers Grove North sectional.

Lemont girls

Coach: Tim Plotke

Top returners:

Lynn Stanwyck, sr. (pole vault, sprints)

Grace Kunkel, so. (sprints)

Emma O’Leary, so. (high jump, sprints)

Kiara Harris, so. (sprints)

Monique Devitt, jr. (shot put, discus)

What to watch: A young Lemont team should no doubt see plenty of improvement over the next two months.

“I am really looking forward to seeing how the girls develop over the course of the season,” said coach Tim Plotke. “They have a tremendous work ethic and are starting to see their hard work pay off.”

Senior Lynn Stanwyck tops a list of returners that also includes junior Monique Devitt and a crop of sophomores in a Grace Kunkel, Emma O’Leary, Kiara Harris and Maddy Stapleton.

Fellow sophomores Jorie Dybcio and Victoria Salazar and freshmen Claire Gagen and Taylor Campos are distance runners who could immediately contribute.

“Our mantra is give 100 percent every day and good things will happen,” the coach said.

A goal is to finish in the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference before embarking on the state series.

“Hopefully come conference time in May, we will be in the hunt for a top-three finish,” Plotke said. “We are pretty young but motivated. We are one of the smallest 3A schools in the state and will compete at the Lockport sectional. However, there are a couple of girls who could be in the mix for qualifying for the state meet.” 

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