WESTERN SPRINGS – As the defending outdoor and reigning indoor conference champion, Lyons Township has high hopes heading into Friday’s West Suburban Silver meet.
The Lions also will bring momentum after winning the Thornton Fractional North Invite on Saturday. Five Lions won events at TF North.
“It seems like we’re trying to get geared up for the conference meet this weekend,” coach Greg Frandsen said. “I guess that it’s a matter of if they all come to run. I think we’re physically ready. Sometimes I think it’s more the mental aspect of the racing and the physical part. I know physically they’re fine.”
LT will host the conference meet at Bennett Field and has a number of returning conference champions. Laura Krivicich (discus), Emma Haugen (high jump) and Makayla Hubbard (shot put) are returning outdoor conference champs.
Hubbard hasn’t lost the shot put the entire outdoor season, and Sarah Kreikemeier also has been consistent for LT and won the 400-meter dash at the indoor conference meet.
Haugen, the defending state champ in the high jump, will compete in multiple events as usual. It just isn’t clear which ones. The sophomore set a personal record in the 110-meter hurdles on Saturday and definitely will compete in hurdles and high jump. Frandsen is determining whether to use her in the other two jumps or in relays.
“She’s starting to put it together in the last week or two,” Frandsen said. “She’s been battling a few different injuries and some illness that’s been going around. She had a good meet on Saturday.”
Frandsen expects a handful of conference champions, but knows a number of his top athletes will be against tough competition. LT should do well in field events and sprints while Glenbard West brings top distance runners.
“Glenbard West is going to be really tough on the varsity level,” Frandsen said. “I know Hinsdale is going to be really tough on the frosh-soph level. I think we at least have a shot. Going into this meet that’s what you want. You want to have a chance. It’s basically going to be whoever runs the best.”
Despite the importance of the conference meet Frandsen recognizes the priority is still sectionals the next week, also at LT, and may make some lineup decisions accordingly.
“I don’t want them to get injured going into the sectional meet,” the coach said. “As much as I would like to win conference again you’ve got to still look ahead before the last two weeks of the season as well.”