Girls track and field: York captures Class 3A Lake Park Sectional title

Dukes beat Oak Park-River Forest for sectional crown

Wheaton Warrenville South’s Jenna Bachara bites her tongue as she runs with York’s Sophia Galliano-Sanchez at the start of the 800-meter run at the Lake Park Class 3A girls track and field sectional meet on Friday, May 10, 2024.

ROSELLE – The Class 3A Lake Park Sectional on May 10 provided much sunnier and drier conditions than the clouds and rain that hit Roselle the day before.

York separated itself from most of the pack early on and soon found itself battling with Oak Park-River Forest for the sectional championship. At that point, the best the remaining schools could hope for was qualifying individuals for the state meet.

York came away with the sectional title after Katherine Klimek and Margaret Owens put the meet out of reach with respective finishes of first (5:08.39) and second (5:08.56) in the 1,600-meter run. The Dukes had a final score of 124 points. The Huskies were a distant second with 83.

“It’s really exciting,” Klimek said. “And I’m really proud of the rest of the people on my team. We qualified in lots of different events.”

York’s Anna McGill congratulates Batavia’s Avery Hacker after they raced to a first and second place in the 3,200-meter run at the Lake Park Class 3A girls track and field sectional meet on Friday, May 10, 2024.

York earned its first victory in the 4x100 relay in 47.83 seconds. That was followed by Anna McGrail taking the 3,200 in 10:56.93 with teammate Sofia Stoddard placing third in 11:10.41. Morgan Navarre took the 400 in 57.60 and Lainey Paul won the 200 in 25.06.

The Dukes were second in the 4x200 relay (1:43.19). Sophia Galiano-Sanchez placed second in the 800 (2:16.75). Paul was second in the pole vault (11 feet). Leila Arzon was fourth in the high jump by clearing 1.57 meters. The 4x400 relay took fourth with a time of 4:04.22.

“These girls put in so much effort, so much heart,” Dukes coach Amy Lichon said. “They have such great attitudes and this is the result that we tell them you’ll get. You do the right things and good things will come your way.”

Annastasia Murphy was Metea Valley’s lone winner after clearing 1.67 meters in the high jump. Syndi Ellison-Muse was second in the shot put at 10.97 and Kyla Harris placed second in the 400 (58.54 seconds). The Mustangs also qualified their 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams for state, as well as Arainna Hammons in both hurdles events.

Batavia won the 4x200 relay in 1:41.22 and placed second in the 4x100 in 48.03. Elizabeth Wende was second in the 100 with a 12.56. Avery Hacker had a second in the 3,200 at 10:59.66.

West Chicago’s Kali Waller, left, leads Batavia’s Taylor Isabelle and Elizabeth Wende, right, in the 100-meter dash at the Lake Park Class 3A girls track and field sectional meet on Friday, May 10, 2024. They finished first, fourth and second, respectively.

Adeline Draper of West Chicago and Sophia Dalrymple of Wheaton North traded wins and second-place finishes in the two hurdles events. Draper won the 100 in 14.75. Dalrymple took the 300 in 44.65.

Glenbard West earned victories from Mackenize Gilbert in the 800 (2:16.06) and Kendal Cullen in the pole vault (11-6). Alexa Novak and Moira Ahern placed third (5:09.01) and fourth (5:10.98), respectively, in the 1,600.

Other winners were Lake Park’s Julia Kelly in the triple jump (11.58) and West Chicago’s Kali Waller in the 100 (12.46). Waller was second in the 200 with a 25.68.