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Sports

Girls Track and Field: Previewing Fenwick, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lyons, Morton, Nazareth and Riverside-Brookfield

Kayla Green of Morton is one of the area's returning state qualifiers this spring.
Kayla Green of Morton is one of the area's returning state qualifiers this spring.

The girls track season is on hold, but we’re still previewing area teams. Here are previews of Fenwick, Lyons, Morton, Nazareth, Riverside-Brookfield, Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South. Note: # denotes a returning All-Stater.

FENWICK FRIARS

Head coach: Dale Heidloff

Returning 2019 2A state competitors/qualifiers: Senior Marie O’Brien (3,200 relay#, 1,600 relay), juniors Maria Quinn (3,200 relay#, 800), Delaney Seligmann (triple jump, long jump, high jump, 1,600 relay), Katie Cahill (3,200) and Natalia Kuchinic (1,600 relay) and sophomore Mikaela Burns (1,600 relay).

Others to watch: Junior Maggie O’Malley and freshmen Zawadi Brown and Bella Daley

Outlook: The Friars last year captured their first-ever sectional team title and were a solid third in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference outdoors and indoors. Five of eight individual state qualifiers and most from the two qualifying relays are back. O’Brien and Quinn return from the 3,200 relay lineups that were an all-state fifth (9:51.47) after being sixth in 2018. Multi-talented Seligmann reached the triple jump finals but then scratched because of injury and her carryover 35-5 was 11th, 8 3/4 inches from top-nine, all-state honors. The cross country team finished fourth at 2A state Nov. 9 with O’Malley (34th) and Quinn (38th) among the top 40.

HINSDALE CENTRAL RED DEVILS

Head coach: Pat Richards

Returning 2019 3A state competitors: Seniors Dior Nicholson (shot put#), Emma Watcke (1,600#), McKenna Revord (3,200) and Taylor Wagner (3,200 relay).

Others to watch: Senior Ellie Witz, juniors Kendall Griffin, Alexis Lincoln and Kathleen Tobia, sophomores Erin Milligan, Karina Shtogryn, Annette Sommers and Louisa Brorson and freshmen Sarah Fischer, Catie McCabe and Lindsey Bruns

Outlook: Multiple all-staters Nicholson and college signees Watcke (Wisconsin) and Revord (Missouri) are poised to achieve more. At last year's state meet, Nicholson was sixth in shot (lifetime-best 41-10) after becoming the Red Devils’ first discus all-stater in 2018 (ninth, 128-9). Nicholson threw an indoor shot school-record 41-5 Feb. 21, A multiple Ohio state champion before transferring in January 2019, Watcke was second in the 1,600 (5:00.46), 3.59 seconds ahead of third. Revord, 22nd in the 3,200 (11:28.68), ran 2018 state prelims for the Red Devils’ state championship 3,200 relay. Last year’s 3,200 relay finished 15th (9:30.32). At 3A state cross country Nov. 9, the Red Devils were third. Watcke (7th) and third-time all-stater Revord (10th) were top-10, followed by McCabe, McCabe, Fischer, Brorson and Wagner.

HINSDALE SOUTH HORNETS

Head coach: Nick Chavarria

Athletes to watch: Seniors Nautica Kindred and Patrice Trzupek, junior Ciniya McCray, sophomores Jasmine Hobbs and Olivia Rogers and freshmen Ava Berg, Elena Garcia and Katarina Petrovic 

Outlook: The Class 3A Hornets will mix key seniors with numerous sophomores and freshmen. Varsity leaders include sprinter Kindred and Trzupek, third in the 3,200 at the 2019 West Suburban Gold Meet. At the junior varsity Gold Meet, McCray won the 100 and 200, and with Hobbs contributed to three relay titles before they competed at sectionals. Petrovic adds to that sprint depth. In 2A cross country, Garcia, Rogers and Berg helped the Hornets reach state as a team for the first time.

LYONS TOWNSHIP LIONS

Head coach: Greg Frandsen

Returning 2019 3A state competitors: Seniors Natalie Swinehart (200, 400 relay, 800 relay), Kyla Miller (400 relay, 800 relay), Maggie Abbs (3,200 relay#), Maddie Cranny (1,600 relay#) and Ally Sarussi (3,200 relay#), juniors Cate Judy (1,600 relay#, 800 relay), London White (100 hurdles, 400 relay), Kate Dickman (3,200 relay#), Mary Grace Lansing (800) and Claire Williams (800)

Others to watch: Seniors Isabelle Reynolds, Sienna Froelich, Meg McLean, Amarrea Chandler and Francesca Mitchell, juniors Lily George, Olivia Hawbacker, Evelyn Iturralde, Lily Sutkus and Emily Jacobs and freshman Emma Kwak

Outlook: The Lions are experienced and deep after achieving second in last year's West Suburban Silver outdoors and indoors and an eighth straight sectional title. The third-place, all-state 3,200 relay with Sarussi, Abbs and Dickman (9:14.14) also ran a school-record 9:09.59 in prelims and improved from eighth with the same state lineup in 2018. The sixth-place 1,600 relay with Cranny and Judy (3:59.47) achieved LT’s fourth consecutive all-state finish in that event. The 400 relay, which hasn’t been all-state since 1985, with Swinehart, Miller and White also was 10th (school-record 48.74), .19 from finals. Reynolds, a 2018 long jump state qualifier, Froelich (long jump), McLean (high jump), Chandler (shot put) and Jacobs (pole vault) were 2019 top-three sectional contenders who just missed state.

MORTON MUSTANGS

Head coach: Dan Bulster

Athletes to watch: Seniors Kayla Green, Keyunna White, Victoria Dolbniak and Dayanna Sanchez, junior Lissette Heredia, sophomore Melanie Arvis and freshmen Isabela Garcia and Isabel Trujillo

Outlook: Last season, the Mustangs finished second in the West Suburban Gold, both outdoors and indoors. In 2018, Green qualified for the 3A state meet as a high jumper. Needing top-two finishes at the 2019 3A sectional to advance, White and Green finished third and fourth, respectively (each 4-11), while Heredia (fifth in pole vault), Sanchez (seventh in 400) and White (eighth in 200) added other top-10 finishes. Heredia swept both 2019 Gold titles and has cleared 9-6. On March 6, Garcia (5:51.73) and Trujillo (13:13.01) comfortably broke respective freshman indoor school records in the 1,600 and 3,200 that stood for more than a decade.

NAZARETH ROADRUNNERS

Head coach: Anna Zanoni

Athletes to watch: Senior Ailee Hogan, junior Fiona Roach and sophomores Elena Beczkiewicz and Erin Howard

Outlook: New head coach Zanoni was an assistant the past two seasons to Chad Beedie. Hogan, sixth at last year's Class 2A sectionals in the 3,200, and Roach posted significant personal bests this indoor season for the 1,600 and 800, respectively. Howard, sixth in the 200 at sectionals, and Beczkiewicz are key sprinters. The Roadrunners’ 3,200 relay was fourth at the 2019 East Suburban Catholic Conference Meet.

RIVERSIDE-BROOKFIELD BULLDOGS

Head coach: Ian Robins

Athletes to watch: Senior Selena Axinte, juniors Imunique Coleman and Brenna Loftus, sophomore Remy Hilpp and freshman Bryce Pacourek

Outlook: Loftus, who is coming off the greatest individual girls basketball season in R-B history, was fourth in long jump (personal-best 15-9 1/2) at last year's 3A sectional and fourth in long and triple jump and sixth in the 100 at the Metro Suburban Blue Meet. Hilpp was third at conference in pole vault and Axinte top nine in both hurdles. Coleman was the Bulldogs’ top triple jumper and 100 finisher at the 2018 3A sectional. Pacourek and Axinte are among four runners from the 2A state-qualifying cross country lineup, with Pacourek (57th) the Bulldogs’ No. 2 finisher. Roughly 40 sophomores and freshmen comprise the largest underclass turnout that Robins has seen in six seasons with the program. “The future is very bright in all events,” Robins said.

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