Hilltoppers focus on state-qualifying marks
LA GRANGE – Fresh off a strong showing at the West Suburban Silver conference meet, the Glenbard West girl's track team heads into Friday's competitive Class 3A York sectional with one goal.
Qualify as many for the state meet as possible.
"If we win any sectional, for me it's more by accident," said Glenbard West coach Kelly Hass. "The goal is to get as many kids down as possible and we have to be very focused on choosing what we send the kids in.
"The kids are feeling good. Hopefully we stay healthy over the next two weeks so all the hard work can pay off."
At Friday's WSS event in which the Hilltoppers finished second behind Lyons Township, the squad had many standout performances.
Emma Gambol won both the 100-meter dash and the 200 while coming in as the runner-up in the 300 hurdles.
"She would be the first one to say that the 300 (hurdles) wasn't her best," the coach said. "But then she came back 20 minutes later and won the 200 in 25.84. That's studly. That's her favorite race."
Emma Reifel was a true workhorse, winning the 800 in 2:21.48 while finishing runner-up in the 400 (58.75). She also combined with Kate Majewski, Madeline Perez and Julia Sakach to place first in the 4 x 800 relay (9:25.21) while running a leg of the second-place 4 x 400 relay (along with JaSharra Clark, Mary Nevins and Sakach).
"It is unbelievable what she did," Hass said. "She was piling up the points for us."
Perez added a first-place finish in the 1,600 with a clocking of 4:57.15, knocking off rival Emma Fisher of York by over 11 seconds. Lisa Luczak and Grace Rogers finished second and third in the 3,200 with Luczak also placing fourth in the 1,600.
Also contributing points were Nevins (fourth in the 400), Clark (fifth in the 100), Erin Spiech (fifth in the 100 hurdles), Cynthia Mote (fifth in the 300 hurdles) and Caitlyn Reick (sixth in the 800).
The 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays were both fourth.
In the field events, Grace Walker was the runner-up in the high jump with Grace Lupo tying for fifth place. Gambol was also fifth in the triple jump and Nina Fraticola came in fifth in the discus.
"To finish just 12 points out of first place, I'm really happy with that," Hass said. "LT is pretty deep, they cleaned up in the field events."