Sandburg’s 3200-meter relay team of, from left, Ava Giblin, Brielle Morris Katie Roche and Lily Molloy show their medals after winning the event at the SWSC Blue meet in Bolingbrook. Photo by Jeff Vorva.
High School Girls Track: Sandburg 3200 has steep climb for state
By Jeff Vorva
A trip to state would do a lot of good for Sandburg’s girls track 3200-meter relay team.
Sectional competition opened this week, and Sandburg and Stagg are both at the Class 4A Lockport Sectional on June 3.
On May 27, the Eagles 3200 team of senior Brielle Morris and freshmen Lily Molloy, Katie Roche and Ava Giblin opened the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue meet by winning the race in 9 minutes 49.94 seconds. According to Athletic.net, it was the 15th-best time in the state.
The challenge ahead will be tough. Lockport’s sectional features some strong west suburban teams coming to town and Naperville North’s relay team (4:32.28) and Benet Academy (9:39.68) and are 10 or more seconds ahead of the Eagles.
More bad news: The state-qualifying standard for those not in the top two is 9:36.90.
So, the Eagles will have to shave some major time in order to qualify for the IHSA’s premier event on June 12 at O’Brien Field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
If they can pull it off, it would be a great learning experience for the freshmen and a huge sendoff for Morris, who is heading to Florida State University as a preferred walk-on to the track and cross country teams.
“We all pushed to win the conference championship, so we are proud of that,” Morris said. “We have not run together in a while, so it was exciting.
“We have some time to improve to make it to state, but I think to have a group of girls who are fast will push us.”
Sandburg finished fifth in the six-team conference with 29 points. Lincoln-Way East, the No. 1-ranked team in the state according to MileSplit Illinois, won the meet with 154 points and defending state champion Homewood-Flossmoor was runnerup with 109. The 3200 relay team was the lone champion for the Eagles.
Morris had a third-place finish in the 800, Nakya Mason was third in the shot put, Roche and Paige Killen were fourth and fifth in the 1600, freshman Klaudia Sieczka was fifth in the 300 hurdles and freshman Nicole Nesterovitch was fifth in the high jump.
Stagg hurdler wins titles
In the SWSC Red event on May 26 at Andrew, Stagg junior Shannon Lawler won the 100 hurdles with a :15.20 and the 300 hurdles with a :47.84.
Lawler’s time in the 100 hurdles was seventh in the state.
Sophomore Isabella Russo took second in the 200 while Nasma Shabna was third in the discus and fifth in the shot put and Karolina Rozanski was fifth in the 400.