High School Girls Track Sectional Roundup: Area has 10 individual and three relay champs
By Jeff Vorva
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:
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.
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.
Chicago Christian’s Amani Gladney won the shot put at the Hope Academy Sectional with a throw of 31-0.75.
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