Lydia Hickey
Lydia Hickey

The girls track season is on hold, but we're still previewing area teams. Here are previews of Glenbard East, IC Catholic Prep, Montini, Timothy Christian, Willowbrook and York.

GLENBARD EAST RAMS

Coach: Molly Gstalter

Athletes to watch: Seniors Emily Anderson and Claire Biegalski, juniors Lauren Huber, Josie Andrews and Madison Matrasko, sophomores Keeli Dunaway, Erin Donovan and Robin Lenior and freshmen MacKenzie Huber, Allison Ihms, Maddie Michelon, Audrey Neibel and Peyton Zondor

Outlook: Another huge roster with more than 100 Rams includes several state aspirations. In 2018, Huber and Anderson were all-state with the second-place 3,200 relay (9:15.94) and on the 1,600 relay (11th). Also an 800 qualifier in 2018, Huber was fourth at 2019 sectionals for the 400. At her indoor opener after a third-place 3A finish in the IHSA girls basketball three-point shooting contest, Weber (2:18.46 in 800) beat the 2:19.49 state-qualifying standard. Dunaway’s personal bests indoors for triple jump (37-2) and long jump (17-3) are better or near 36-5 and 17-7 state-qualifying standards. High jumper Andrews was fourth at sectionals and Dunaway fifth in both jumps. Biegalski won 100 hurdles at the Upstate Eight Conference Meet. Ihms qualified for state cross country (144th Nov. 9) and Donovan again for state gymnastics.

IC CATHOLIC PREP KNIGHTS

Head coach: Bob Cronin

Returning 2019 1A state competitors: Seniors Olivia Slavin (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400 relay) and Hannah Johnson (triple jump, 400 relay), juniors Alia Johnson (long jump, 400, 400 relay, 1,600 relay) and Frankie Chaidez (1,600 relay) and sophomores Kennedy Calcagno (800#, 1,600#, 1,600 relay) and Carly Manchester (3,200#, 1,600, 1,600 relay)    

Outlook: The Knights have high expectations behind several state returnees. Fifth-place performances by Calcagno (800 in 2:20.45 and 1,600 in 5:19.19) and Manchester (3,200 in 11:37.23) earned all-state honors as freshmen. Manchester added her second all-state cross country medal Nov. 9 (12th). Four-event qualifier Alia Johnson went an all-time school record 16-11 1/2 in long jump March 7 after a top-20 state finish (tied for 14th, 16-11) as well as the 400 (19th, 1:02.49). Four Knights return from state’s 1,600 relay (21st) and three from the 400 relay (27th).

MONTINI BRONCOS

Head coach: Alex Zasso

Returning 2019 2A state competitor: Senior Julianne Billote (triple jump)

Others to watch: Seniors Emma Ciaccio, Mykaella Pangilinan and Swarnika Sampat, junior Glory Ugorji, sophomores London Thomas, Makayla Green, and Izzy Juda and freshmen Katie Gertsen and Lily Townsend

Outlook: Another possible state trip for triple jumper Billote (21st, 33-5 1/2) could have company. Sampat (discus) was fourth at 2019 sectionals and second at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Meet. Ciaccio (pole vault) was fourth at sectionals and Pangilinan had top-10 GCAC and sectional finishes in shot and discus. Gertsen qualified for 1A state cross country Nov. 9 (53rd) and has run a 5:40 1,600. Townsend has thrown 33 feet in shot.

WILLOWBROOK WARRIORS

Coach: Clyde Ware

Athletes to watch: Senior Jahne Jones and Katherine Tortorici, juniors Daylee Braden, Nicole DelSanto, SaToriya Henderson, Melissa Martinez and Olivia Sobieszczyk, sophomores Madeline Barrington and Lily Weder and freshmen Brianna Alandy, Amelia Barrington, Sarah Ball and Sara Stout

Outlook: The Warriors’ increasing roster of 60 shows enthusiasm and progress. At home Feb. 22, Braden (1:02.69 in 400) threatened the 1:02.13 indoor school record and newcomer Henderson (36-1 in shot) was one-half inch from the fieldhouse record. Team captains are Tortorici, Martinez and DelSanto, who threw 116-7 in discus in 2019. At the West Suburban Gold Meet, the Warriors won the 3,200 relay with Braden and Martinez and Sobieszczyk was third in high jump. Jones and Weder return for a large sprint group.

TIMOTHY CHRISTIAN TROJANS

Head coach: Kevin Hackert

Returning 1A state competitors: Seniors Hope Clark (3,200), Priscilla Nartey (400 relay, 800 relay) and Elise Terpstra (800, triple jump), juniors Alli Myers (400 relay, 800 relay) and Campbell Marshall (high jump) and sophomore Kennedi Clark (400 relay, 800 relay)

Others to watch: Junior Sheiliah Ruffin-Jackson and sophomores Paige Hoving and Cailey Schuurmann

Outlook: The Trojans seek another Metro Suburban Red title and more state qualifiers. Clark was 10th in the 3,200 (12:07.32) after an all-state ninth in 2018 (11:53.56) by 31 seconds. Clark ran 12:20.78 indoors near the 12:19.89 state-qualifying standard and made her third state cross country trip Nov. 9 (66th). Conference 800 champ Terpstra was 17th at state (2:27.01), made her second triple jump appearance (34th, 32-9 3/4) and ran in the 2018 state finals with the 3,200 relay (11th). High jump conference champion Marshall is a two-time state qualifier. Three return from the state 800 relay (11th, 1:48.28) and 400 relay (17th, 51.26), where Proviso West transfer Ruffin-Jackson should contribute. Schurrmann was the 400 conference champion.

YORK DUKES

Head coach: Amy Lichon

Athletes to watch: Seniors Lydia Hickey, Emma Kern, Zoe Clark, Marissa Chavez, Bella Walker, Courtney Dunlap, Hanna Homan, Abby Moriarty, Grace Moriarty, Wendy Ofosu-Newton Megan Salek, Ayesha Siddiqi, Cassidy Toussaint, juniors Lilly Curry, Simone Bednarik, Lauren Keith, Bianca Spedale and Tessa Spedale, sophomores Allison Fitzgibbons, Katelyn Leonard and Erin Powers and freshmen Brianna Bennis, Brooke Berger and Kate Pratt

Outlook: York graduate Lichon returns after being an assistant as recently as 2012. Six Dukes hope to return to 3A state after qualifying in 2018 but just missing at 2019 sectionals, including three fourth-place relays. Hickey and Kern were 2018 all-state with the ninth-place 3,200 relay, and Clark (long jump), Curry (high jump) and Chavez and Walker (1,600 relay) also competed. Clark, called for a scratch on her 2019 sectional best, increased her all-time school record to 17-7 March 7. Kern, Walker, Homan, Ofosu-Newton, Salek and Toussaint are captains. Berger was a team-best 67th at state cross country Nov. 9.

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