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Sports

Girls Track: Previewing Glenbard East, IC Catholic Prep, Montini, Timothy Christian, Willowbrook and York

York's Sarah May runs to the finish line at the IHSA State Cross Country Meet in November 2017.
York's Sarah May runs to the finish line at the IHSA State Cross Country Meet in November 2017.

The boys track season heads outdoors, as athletes begin their quest to the state meet in Charleston. Here is a preview of area teams.

GLENBARD EAST RAMS

Head coach: Molly Gstalter.

Returning state qualifiers: Senior Eha Srivastava (long jump), junior Emily Anderson (3,200 relay, 1,600 relay), sophomore Lauren Huber (3,200 relay, 800, 1,600 relay)

Others to watch: Senior Emma Ludwig, junior Claire Biegalski, sophomore Josie Andrews and freshman Keeli Dunaway Outlook:

Outlook: The Rams graduated three Division I athletes among last year’s three all-state performances and eight state qualifiers. They’ve returned with their biggest team ever and a strong second-place showing at the indoor Upstate Eight Conference Meet. Anderson and Huber return from the second-place 3,200 relay (9:15.94) and 1,600 relay that just missed finals (11th, 3:59.07). Huber, who scratched her state 800 for the 3,200 relay, won the indoor UEC Meet (2:21.13). Srivastava, who tied for 29th in state long jump (16-9 1/4), and Ludwig plan to become the Rams’ next college track and field athletes. Ludwig won UEC indoors by matching her personal-best high jump of 5-5 and Dunaway won triple jump (35-0 1/2) and long jump (15-7 1/2) with Srivastava second (15-5 3/4). “Although we have some strong returners, our team is very young and excited for growth,” Gstalter said.

IC CATHOLIC PREP KNIGHTS

Head coach: Bob Cronin.

Returning state qualifiers: Senior Jaida Smith (400 relay), junior Hannah Johnson (triple jump, 400 relay, 800 relay) and Olivia Slavin (100 high hurdles, 400 relay, 800 relay) and sophomores Frankie Chaidez (800 relay) and Alia Johnson (400, long jump).

Others to watch: Junior Carly Holden and freshman Carly Manchester.

Outlook: The Knights have five returnees who have reached state every season. The 400 relay with Smith, Hannah Johnson and Slavin came closest to finals last year by taking 13th (51.11). This indoor season, three earned invitations to the Top Times Indoor Championships with Chaidez seventh (800 in 2:26.01), Smith ninth (16-6 1/2 in long jump) and Alia Johnson 15th (400 in 1:04.87). Smith seeks her third state trip in triple jump and second in long. As all-state cross country runners, Manchester was eighth and Chaidez third in 2017.

MONTINI LADY BRONCOS

Head coach: Alex Zasso.

Athletes to watch: Senior Bella Reilley and juniors Julianne Billote, Emma Ciaccio, Maggie Connelly and Christine Jarvis.

Outlook: The Broncos are relying primarily on juniors to make their mark at sectionals and hopefully state. At last season’s 2A sectionals, Connelly was fifth in the 300 low hurdles after competing at state in 2017 and with the Broncos’ 400 and 800 state relays. At the indoor Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Meet, Billote (triple jump) and Ciaccio (pole vault) were fifth and Reilley (800) sixth. Billote also was fourth in triple jump at 2018 sectionals and the outdoor GCAC Meet.

TIMOTHY CHRISTIAN TROJANS

Head coach: Kevin Hackert.

Returning state qualifiers: Senior Jill Forgac (1,600 relay), juniors Hope Clark (3,200) and Elise Terpstra (triple jump, 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay) and sophomore Campbell Marshall (high jump).

Others to watch: Junior Pricilla Nartey, sophomores Suryea Alex and Alli Myer and freshman Paige Hoving.

Outlook: Besides all three state returnees being non-seniors, the Trojans are young and fairly inexperienced but seek to continue their tradition of state success. Clark was ninth at state last year (11:53.56), and has earned two individual state cross country berths. Terpstra returns from the state-finals 3,200 relay (11th, 10:13.02) and qualifying 1,600 relay with Forgac (36th, 4:28.98) and was 32nd in triple jump (32-3). Terpstra (32-3) and Marshall (4-5) were sectional champions. “They are working hard [collectively],” Hackert said. “Some of them, like [Clark and Terpstra], have set very aggressive goals, and I believe they will meet them.”

WILLOWBROOK WARRIORS

Head coach: Clyde Ware.

Athletes to watch: Seniors Miani Blackwell and Victoria Palma, juniors Jahne Jones and Michelle Villalobos and sophomores Melissa Martinez, Aniyah Rushing and Olivia Sobieszczyk.

Outlook: A two-time state cross country qualifier, Palma should contend for her first state track trip after breaking indoor school records for the 1,600 (5:10.48) and 3,200 (11:19.06). Palma was fourth at last year's sectionals in the 3,200 (11:22.95). At the indoor West Suburban Gold Meet, Palma was second (1,600), Blackwell and Rushing finished 2-3 in shot put, Jones was fourth in the 55 and 300, Villalobos was fifth (800) and Sobieszczyk cleared a meet-best 4-10 to win sophomore high jump.

YORK DUKES

Head coach: Keegan Maletich.

Returning state qualifiers: Seniors Sarah May (3,200 relay, 1,600) and Sarah Pinkowski (1,600 relay), juniors Lydia Hickey (3,200 relay), Emma Kern (3,200 relay), Marissa Chavez (1,600 relay), Zoe Clark (high jump) and Bella Walker (1,600 relay) and sophomores Lilly Curry (high jump) and Sydney Malaga (1,600 relay)

Others to watch: Sophomores Lauren Keith, Bianca Spedale and Tessa Spedale and freshmen Madison Brown and Katelyn Leonard.

Outlook: The Dukes return three members from their ninth-place at state 3,200 relay (9:23.83) after the same trio were on the 12th-place lineup at the 2017 state finals (9:48.94) or in prelims. Grand Valley State recruit May was a 2017 all-stater in cross country (17th) and last year scratched her 1,600 state berth for the 3,200 relay. The Dukes also return their entire state-qualifying 1,600 relay (27th, 4:05.65). Clark was 37th in state long jump (15-10 1/2) after a school-record 17-6 at sectionals and Curry (5-2 best) missed the opening height of 5-1. “[They’re] very hard-working girls with goals who have consistently shown improvement,” Maletich said.

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