PLAINFIELD – Minooka girls track and field coach Kevin Gummerson has been most pleased with his team’s success in a variety of events.
The Indians demonstrated that quality by winning five relays on the track while also claiming titles in two field events at Saturday’s Plainfield North Tiger Relays.
That combination helped Minooka to easily capture the championship in the 14-team competition by a 135-87.5 margin over second-place Yorkville.
Plainfield North (79), Joliet West (44) and Plainfield South (31) rounded out the top five teams, while Lemont (21) tied for eighth place.
“We have a great group of girls,” Gummerson said. “This relay meet is fun since it gives you a chance to get a lot of girls in and there’s some unique events. I just like the way that our kids are competing and fighting and how they step onto the track with a goal in mind and they work hard to accomplish it. Today was a fun day for these kids.
“We’ve got a well-rounded team. I like what I see out of our field events, our sprinters are running well now and we’ve got a great distance squad. We have every event covered with quality kids, and that’s what makes a good track team.”
The Indians won the 4x100– (50.59), 4x200- (1:47.15), 4x400- (4:16.99) and 4x1,600- (21:58.32) and 800-meter sprint medley (1:53.4) relays, while taking second in the 4x800 (10:24.9), distance medley (13:07.85) and 4x100 shuttle hurdles (1:15.62) relays.
Also for Minooka, Janile Rogers (18-2.5) won the long jump and was second in the triple jump (33-5.5) while Jasmine Gragg tied for first in the high jump (5-0).
In the pole vault, Mariah Divis (8-6) tied for second, while Brooklyn Bachmann (8-0) was fourth. Kelsey Oliva, Taylor Carl and Shawna Rabe tied for third (4-10) in the high jump.
North was runner-up in the 4x100 (51.86), 4x200 (1:49.17) and 800 sprint medley (1:53.73) relays and finished third in the 4x400 (4:25.38).
Laura Ferguson tied for second in the pole vault (8-6), Anna Laudizio was third in the triple jump (32-11.25) and Carley Pearson tied for third place in the high jump (4-10).
“We did well in our sprint relays today,” North coach Tammy Gummerson said. “We finally got Khristian Jones back from an hamstring injury. Anna Laudizio was great in the jumps, and the running and Catherine Crosson was awesome in her three relay events and led off and had us in great spots.”
Joliet West coach Sally Pagnusat continues to be pleased by what she’s seen from her squad, which has a group of talented freshmen to go along with a a few veterans.
West claimed third place in the 4x200 (1:51.47) and fourth in the 4x800 (10:40.13) relays while Kierra Stokes finished third in the shot put (33-4.5) and Melzina Johnson was fifth in the long jump (15-9.5).
“We’ve got five freshmen who are kind of leading the charge and they also are pushing our upperclassmen,” Pagnusat said. “The freshmen are good sprinters, jumpers and even hurdlers. We’ve seen some big things indoors, and we’re looking for some more good performances by year’s end.”
South won the 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay (1:15.34), took third place in the 4x800 (10:38.72) and was fourth in the distance medley (13:44.27) relays.
Also for the Cougars, Shelby Hibbler and Lenae Ludy tied for third place in the high jump (4-10) while Hayley Braun was fourth in the shot put (32-10).
“This is an exciting year for us,” Cougars coach Janeen Carlberg said. “We’re a young team with a lot of freshmen who are pretty strong. We’re building in both the distance and the sprints. We always seemed to have one or the other and are now getting pretty solid in both.”
Lemont’s Jacque Desmond won the pole vault (10-6) while Viktorija Marmaite took first in the triple jump (33-6.5) and was fourth in the long jump (16-7.5).
Monique Devitt was fifth in the shot put (31-10.5) and fourth in the discus (101-10), where teammate Lauren Szoldaitis took fifth (101.7). The Indians also claimed fourth place in the 4x1,600 relay (23:12.81).