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High School Girls Track Sectional Roundup: Area has 10 individual and three relay champs

Lyons’ 1600 meter relay team of (from left) Becky Phillips, Lillie George, Katie Dickman and Cate Judy was one of three Southwest Regional News relay teams to win a sectional title in girls track. Photo by Jeff Vorva

By Jeff Vorva
Correspondent

In her final official run on the Lyons track, Katie Dickman went out a winner.

Anchoring the 1600-meter relay team that also consisted of Rebecca Phillips, Lillie George and Cate Judy, Dickman closed out the Class 3A Lyons Sectional on June 3 with a first-place finish in 4:01.31 seconds.

The Lions team is one of several girls track sectional champions to come out of the Southwest Regional coverage area. Ten individuals and three relay teams from the area won titles.

Dickman, a senior, is one of the best in the state in the 800 and 1600 runs. She did not run the 800 at the sectional, choosing instead to focus on the 1600 and the 1600 relay. In the 1600, she finished second to Oak Park’s Josephine Welin’s 4:44.52 with a personal best time of 4:46.40.

“I love this track,” the Illinois recruit said. “I train on it every day. It was super fun to run those times here. I had so many fans, cousins and neighbors here to watch. It was fun.”

Heading into the IHSA state meet in Charleston on June 12, Welin’s sectional time was tops in the state in 3A, according to Athletic.net. Normal freshman Ali Ince was second with a 4:46.01 and Dickman was third in what could be a classic race at state.

Dickman was not disappointed in losing to Welin in the sectional.

“Honestly, my time  was a big surprise for me – I never ran anywhere near that fast before,” she said. “I know Josephine is such an amazing racer and I tried to be with her the whole time. Coming across the line was a really great feeling.”

“I looked at clock and was not sure it was right. Josephine is fast enough to run that time, but I was like, ‘Me, too?’’’

Lyons’ 1600 relay team was ranked fifth in the state, less than three seconds behind the leading foursome from Naperville North.

A look at other area sectional champs:

Lyon Township’s Emma Kmak finishes the 200 meter run in second place with Argo’s Tiana Jones finishing in the background. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Class 3A
Marist senior Ashlin Palzkill won the 300 hurdles at the Whitney Young Sectional with a personal-best :47.5, a fraction ahead of Young’s River Curry’s :47.29.

Marist junior Anastasia Coleman heaved the discus 81 feet, 11.5 inches to win that event.

Marist freshman Brenna Dunlap’s pole vault of 8-11.5 was also good for a sectional championship.

Shepard’s Kayden Porter earned a title at the Lockport Sectional with a throw of 35-10.75 in the shot put and Sandburg’s Tosin King won in the discus with a 110-10.75.

 

Class 2A
At the Chicago Latin Sectional, De La Salle’s 800 relay team of Emily Adrave, Brooklyn Kinslow, Erin Pols and Damara Sims won in 1:56.32.

At the Ridgewood Sectional, Nazareth’s Isabella Brunke took first in the 200 with a :28.07. Solorio’s Jasmine Reyes took first in the 800 with a 2:35.71. St. Laurence’s Mary Walsh won the discus with an 85-9.5 throw.

At the South Shore Sectional, the Evergreen Park 1600 relay team of Kristen Smith, Gabriela Flores, Leah Thomas and Carmela Woods won with a 4:22.58.

Evergreen Park’s Akirah Fort won the high jump with a 4-11.5.

 

Class 1A
Chicago Christian’s Amani Gladney won the shot put at the Hope Academy Sectional with a throw of 31-0.75.

Oak Lawn’s Madison Ryan (left) catches her balance and avoids contact with Riverside-Brookfield’s Ava Connerty in the second heat of the 100 meter hurdles Thursday at the Lyons Sectional. Photo by Jeff Vorva

 

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