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Sports

High school girls track and field: Biggins sisters boost York lineup

Julie Biggins competes in the 800-meter run April 13 during the Ritter Invite at Downers Grove North. Biggins and sisters Jackie and Jennifer Biggins bolster the lineup for York's track and field team.
Julie Biggins competes in the 800-meter run April 13 during the Ritter Invite at Downers Grove North. Biggins and sisters Jackie and Jennifer Biggins bolster the lineup for York's track and field team.

DOWNERS GROVE – For senior triplets Jackie, Jennifer and Julie Biggins, one of their final shared moments at York is as girls track and field teammates.

“We’ve all been doing the same things all of our life. Most everything,” Julie Biggins said.

Once the meets begin, however, they scatter. Such was the case at Downers Grove North’s Bruce Ritter Invitational on April 13.

Julie joined junior Katherine Tomaska, freshman Lydia Hickey and sophomore Sarah May on the second-place 4x800-meter relay (season-best 9:27.30) and was 10th in the 800.

Jackie was seventh in the 400 and seventh with the varsity 4x400 relay.

Jennifer was not in the lineup for the meet but competes in sprints and the 100 high hurdles.

Senior Jeanette Morley was second in high jump (5-3). May (800 in 2:22.34), Tomaska (1,600 in 5:20.81) and freshman Abby Moriarty (300 low hurdles in 49.14) were sixth for the Dukes at DGN.

For new coach Keegan Kilrea, it’s a predominantly younger lineup.

“Becoming a head coach is certainly a challenge. I am lucky enough to coach a wonderful group of girls who are committed to working hard and have a desire to be competitive,” said Kilrea, an all-state cross country runner at Lyons Township. “Our goal is to consistently improve and make it back to state in a couple of events.”

Julie Biggins, Morley, Tomaska and May are returning 2016 Class 3A state qualifiers. Biggins and May also have run at state cross country the past two seasons. May was an all-state 21st in the fall.

“Hopefully this year we can try to make finals [in the 4x800 relay],” Julie Biggins said. “I’m hoping that the endurance [from cross country] really comes through on the 800.”

The Biggins sisters were four-year cross country teammates. They’re third-year track members after Julie (soccer) and Jackie and Jennifer (softball) did other sports as freshmen.

Jennifer tried sprinting to be different. This season, Jackie has made significant 400 progress and shifted from longer distances.

Morley and May also appear to be on the upswing. During the indoor season, Morley battled a stress reaction and May battled numerous illnesses.

At state in 2016, May was 13th in the 800 (2:15.84), just .04 from the finals. She ran a season-best 2:19.9 relay split at DGN.

“I’m excited looking forward now that I’m healthier,” May said. “Knowing that I ran with all of the top people [at state cross country] is a nice confidence boost, but not in a cocky way, knowing that I belong and I can run with them.”

Timothy Christian
girls track and field

Olivia Hoekstra won the 400-meter dash in 1:03.26 and joined Zoe Stanton, Gabi Silvia and Alyse Schnurr on the winning 4x200 relay (1:53.61) at the Houseward invite in Michigan on April 15.

York boys track

Jonathan Tanner (23.30 in the 200-meter dash), Charlie Kern (1:53.03 in the 800 run), Jackson Bode (9:41.88 in the 3,200) and the 4x400 relay team of Kurt Namini, Mark Bashqawi, Mateo Sanchez and Kern (3:27.65) were event champs at Downers Grove South’s Bud Mohns invite April 15.

Timothy Christian
boys track and field

Xavier Ross was the champ in the 110-meter hurdles (16.54 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (41.61) and was second in the 200 dash (24.10) at the Houseward invite in Michigan on April 15.

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