The girls track season is on hold, but we’re still previewing area teams. Here are previews of Glenbard South, Glenbard West, St. Francis, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South. Note: # denotes a returning All-Stater.
GLENBARD SOUTH RAIDERS
Head coach: Dan Bledsoe
Returning 2019 2A state competitors: Seniors India Lucas (400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay), Aaliyah Coleman (400 relay, 800 relay) and Amara Bodine (pole vault) and juniors Kelly Anderson (1,600, 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay), Corrinne Shirley (400 relay, 800 relay), Ellie Stewart (3,200 relay, 1,600 relay) and Alejandra Gonzalez (3,200 relay)
Others to watch: Seniors Casey Wheeler, Kimmy Smith and Kaya Cloutier, sophomore Kenya Brown and freshmen Gianna Huerta, Allison Wallner and Ahrianna Mitchell
Outlook: The Raiders’ numerous state returnees include three each from the 3,200 relay (14th, 10:11.67), 1,600 relay (18th, 4:33.42), 400 relay (21st, 54.04) and 800 relay (21st, 1:53.19). Part of the 14th-place 3,200 state relay in 2018, Anderson was 21st in the state in the 1,600 (5:50.78). Bodine missed the 8-6 pole vault opening height at state. The Raiders have taken relays to state in 14 of the past 15 seasons.
GLENBARD WEST HILLTOPPERS
Head coach: Kelly Hass
Returning 2019 3A state competitors: Seniors Katelynne Hart (800#, 1,600#, 3,200#), Aaliyah Collier (1,600 relay#, 400), Ava Powell (1,600 relay#), Haley Yeager (3,200 relay#) and Ashley Samuta (triple jump), junior Kate Morrison (1,600 relay#) and sophomores Audrey Allman (800#, 3,200 relay#, 1,600 relay#) and Delaney Engel (3,200 relay#)
Others to watch: Senior Chloe Karp, juniors McKenna Rooney and Emma Smith and sophomores Kyrah Maas, Maggie Flanagan, Tessa Kochert and Katie Whyte
Outlook: The high school finale for the phenomenal Michigan-bound Hart could be historic for her and the Hilltoppers, who seek state trophies in consecutive seasons. They were third in 2019 and won the 2017 title. “This is one of the best complete teams to come out of our program,” Hass said. A four-time state cross country champion, Hart could accomplish four 1,600 and 3,200 titles. At state in 2019, Hart swept the 3,200 (10:24.33), 1,600 (4:52.99) and 800 (2:13.11) in her first time running all three at state, becoming just the second Illinois girl to achieve that distance triple. Allman also earned three all-state medals in the 800 (fourth, 2:14.59), 3,200 relay (sixth, 9:24.66) and 1,600 relay (ninth, 4:06.19). Collier just missed the 400 finals (11th, 58.19) despite setting a school record. Triple jumper Samuta, an all-state ninth in 2017 (37-4), owns the indoor (37-2 1/2 March 5) and all-time school record (37-5 1/4).
ST. FRANCIS SPARTANS
Head coach: Mike Prizy
Returning 2019 2A state competitor: Sophomore Maddie Andelbradt (high jump#)
Others to watch: Juniors Gabby Hernandez, Minnie Rolston and Maddie Petranek, sophomores Leah Gaul, Izzy DeRosa, Kellyn Halliday, Izzy Naling and Anna Schmitt and freshmen Danielle Nead and Alyssa Falco
Outlook: As a freshman, Andelbradt became the Spartans’ first all-stater since 2011 with a fifth-place, personal-best 5-5 in high jump. Andelbradt also finished third in the 800, sixth in long jump and seventh in triple jump at the Metro Suburban Blue Meet. Rolston was seventh at sectionals in the 1,600 and qualified for the 2A state cross country meet last fall (finishing 105th). Also back are Gaul, eighth in the 800 at conference, and Hernandez for another strong 3,200 relay. Nead already has cleared 5 feet in high jump.
WHEATON ACADEMY WARRIORS
Head coach: Daniel Ball
Athletes to watch: Seniors Lydia Garrett and Shawna Gum
Outlook: Garrett and Gum should contend for their first 2A state berths. At the 2019 Metro Suburban Blue Meet, Gum won shot (29-2) and was third in discus (74-10 1/2) and Garrett won the 300 hurdles (52.03) and was sixth in triple jump (29-6 1/2). At sectionals, Garrett was seventh in the 300 hurdles (51.40) and Gum 10th in shot (29-10 1/2) with personal bests. During the season, Garrett improved her triple jump school record (31-8) and contributed to the 400 relay’s school-record 54.15.
WHEATON NORTH FALCONS
Head coach: Anne-Marie Lemp
Returning 2019 3A state competitors: Senior Leeya Zander (200, 800 relay, 400 relay), juniors Anna Gordon (400 relay, 800 relay) and Kara MacKenzie (800 relay) and sophomore Taliyah Sims (400 relay)
Others to watch: Seniors Sophie Daigle, Olivia Jeanette and Ashley Griggs and juniors Julia Lonks, Hannah Topps and Elena Dansdill
Outlook: The Falcons are poised for more sprinting success with the 400 relay, which tied the school record from 1995 at the 2019 state prelims (48.82, 12th), and 800 relay (1:44.74, 20th). Zander (Indiana Wesleyan) and Gordon were 2018 all-staters with the seventh-place 800 relay (1:43.11). Zander swept the 100 and 200, and Jeanette (Taylor University) was third in the 800 at the 2019 DuKane Conference Meet. At sectionals, Topps was third in shot put (personal-best 37-6 1/2), and Griggs was seventh in triple jump. Daigle was an 800 state qualifier in 2018. She earned her first state cross country berth in the fall.
WHEATON WARRENVILLE SOUTH TIGERS
Head coach: Rob Harvey
Returning 2019 3A state competitors: Seniors Melissa Marcheschi (400 relay) and Kaitlyn Nenninger (3,200 relay), juniors Sam Poglitsch (1,600#, 3,200 relay) and Mikaela Cooper (400 relay) and sophomore Annie Macabobby (3,200 relay)
Others to watch: Seniors Naomi Cross and Jocelyn Triscik, juniors Carlin Wach and Kate Weber and sophomores Sydney Anton, Celia Huelskoetter, Piper Lindsay and Grace Macabobby
Outlook: Poglitsch was an all-state fifth in the 1,600 (5:04.97) and sixth in 2018 and was second at state cross country in the fall. The 3,200 relay with Nenninger, Annie Macabobby and Poglitsch reached the state finals (10th, 9:33.48), 7.27 seconds from all-state ninth, and the 400 relay with Marcheschi and Cooper was 16th (49.22). At sectionals, Wach was fifth in the 300 hurdles behind four seniors and Cross was sixth in discus. Pole vaulter Weber has cleared 10-3.