Glenbard East has to battle in the always competitive DuPage Valley Conference, but still had some bright spots. Here are some of the brightest and most memorable moments from the Rams' spring sports season.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
3: Number of seniors out of the four girls who finished ahead of freshman Lindsay Graham in the 3,200-meter run at state.
Highlight: Lindsay Graham emerged as one of the top distance runners in the state, and she's only a freshman. The Rams starlet placed fifth at the Class 3A state meet in the 3,200-meter run and will be expected to challenge for a higher position in both cross country in the fall and in the 3,200 next spring.
28: Career shutouts for senior goalkeeper Veronica Fairbairn, a school record.
Highlight: The Rams continue to grow as a program and demonstrated more signs of that this spring. East made its first regional final since 1999 by knocking off Downers Grove North 2-0 in the semifinal. Even though Lyons Township beat the Rams 3-0 in the final, East does have reason for excitement going forward. Junior midfielder Alex Ruffer will lead a Rams team next year that started five sophomores and a freshman.
24: Wins for Glenbard East this spring.
Highlight: Senior outside hitter Joey Farrell was the go-to guy for the Rams this season. Farrell was capable of dominating matches and helped East to a 24-12 season. While Farrell is heading to Penn State next year, the Rams are hoping the future is bright after both the freshman and sophomore teams won DuPage Valley Conference titles with a combined 27-1 DVC record.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
1:54.93: Jack Peters' time in the 800-meter run at the Class 3A state meet.
Highlight: Glenbard East junior Jack Peters was the Rams' top runner at the Class 3A state meet by taking sixth in the 800-meter run in his first state appearance. Peters' sixth-place finish is the highest the Rams have placed in any event since the 4x800 relay won a state title in 2010 and is the highest finish for an individual since 2003.
17: Glenbard East's place in the team standings at the state tournament.
Highlight: Glenbard East badminton has been one of the more successful programs at the school and added another solid season this spring. The Rams won a sectional title and qualified both singles players and doubles teams to state. The six that qualified, all seniors, were Kinga Glowik, Rachel Schlittler, Emily Fulton, Elizabeth Schuck, Kaely Cantua and Janah Sprenger-Mahal.
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