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Lemont eyes conference, state berths in girls track

The outdoor track season is just getting underway as Saturday marked the first day of big outdoor invites for area teams. The season is just starting but the girls state meets are less than six weeks away (May 22 to 24). Here’s a look at what to expect over those next six weeks for Lemont’s girls track and field team.

Lemont Indians

Coach: Tim Plotke

Top athletes:

Grace Kunkel sr. sprints

Monique Devitt sr. throws

Jorie Dybcio jr. distance

Jacque Desmond jr. pole vault/ hurdles/jumps

Emma O’Leary jr. high jump

Vika Marmaite jr. jumps

Lauren Szoldaitis jr. throws

Maddy Stapleton jr. sprints

Taylor Campos so. distance

Claire Gagen so. distance

Gabby Voltarel so. distance

Outlook: The Indians came into the outdoor portion of the season with a lot of momentum after wrapping up the indoor campaign with a first-place finish at their own invitational in late March.

Lemont should be a balanced team this spring, one that receives points from girls in all four grade levels.

A year ago, the squad placed third in the South Suburban Blue conference and did not qualify anybody for state, though Jorie Dybcio and Taylor Campos posted top-six sectional finishes in the 1,600-meter run and Claire Gagen came in 13th in the 3,200.

“I am looking forward to continued improvement,” Lemont coach Tim Plotke said. “The girls have already seen some success. I believe we are in the mix for the conference title this year as well as being able to get a few girls downstate out of a pretty talented Downers Grove South sectional.”

Before the May 16 sectional, Lemont has meets at Oswego East (Saturday) and Oswego (April 24) to prep for the postseason.

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