A worthy weekend
Photos: Freshman Nicole Sreenan (right) earned All-State accolades in four events at the IHSA State Meet: 100m dash (eighth, 12.50), 400m dash (third, 56.34), 4x100m relay (sixth, 49.03) and 4x200m relay (eighth, 1:45.25). Freshman Carly Elliott (1899) hands off to sophomore Allie Heinzer (below, left) during the 4x100m relay final at the IHSA State Meet Saturday. The quartet of Elliott, Heinzer, Nicole Sreenan and Lauren Zick placed sixth.
Photos by Ben Draper
Kaneland girls track’s trek to EIU ends with 11th place in team standings
KANELAND—Chalk up the recent trip to Charleston, Ill., as a productive one for Kaneland girls track.
With 21 team points at the Class 2A State meet held at O’Brien Field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, the Lady Knights took 11th overall in the state out of all qualified 2A programs.
The Lady Knights beat out Northern Illinois Big XII crossover rival Dixon by two points to hold onto 11th, while KHS was just three points behind Fenwick of Oak Park, Ill., for 10th.
“It was by far the most talented team we have ever had as far as speed was concerned,” KHS coach Doug Ecker said. “We also had very good depth at the other events as well, as shown by the fact we had individuals or relay teams qualify in 11 events for state and then be able to place in six of those at State.”
Cahokia (61), Normal University (54), Chicago’s Noble Street Charter/Johnson (38), Springfield (36) and Chicago’s Brooks (33) filled out the top five slots.
Kaneland even saw All-State finishes from three of their relays. The 4x100m relay squad of Carly Elliott, Allie Heinzer, Nicole Sreenan and Lauren Zick finished sixth overall with a time of 49.03 after running 49.13 in Friday’s prelims. The 4x200m relay of Olivia Galor, Becca Richtman, Heinzer and Elliott ran a 1:45.25 for eighth place. Finally, the 4x400m group of Galor, Sreenan, Sydney Strang and Heinzer took seventh at 4:01.60 for all-State honors.
Sreenan was also All-State in both the 100m (eighth) and 400m (third) dashes. Sreenan finished her 2014 season with a 56.34 in the 400m final gathering, .69 off the pace of Cahokia’s Mariya Hudson. Her 12.50 effort in the 100m earned her the final All-State spot in that event.
Other finalists from Saturday’s action representing Kaneland were Christina Delach, finishing seventh in pole vault with 10 feet, 9 inches, which earned the senior all-State honors.
Maddie Keifer finished 15th in high jump with a 5-footer.
In the 3,200m run finals, Brianna Bower finished 13th with a time of 11:26.53.
KHS also had plenty of other State entries compete on Friday, with Elle Tattoni throwing a 35-08 in the shot put and a 108-02 in discus.
The 4x800m relay of Richtman, Aislinn Lodwig, Jessica Kucera and Strang ran a 10:01.18.
Capping a productive girls track season saw highlights on the point scale, but also in the personnel themselves.
“The indoor NIB-12 invitational championship and the second sectional team championship were the team highlights,”Ecker said. “(It was a) responsible and hard-working group of girls with excellent leadership from the seniors.”