Minooka’s girls track team, which has enjoyed an historic year in which it won all of its major meets, including its first sectional championship, is hoping to cap things with a big state showing.
The Indians, who have placed relays the past two years, have never had multiple individual performers earn all state honors at state.
But coach Kevin Gummerson hopes that situation changes this weekend, and if it does, Janile Rogers figures to have a big hand in it.
The Indian senior had the second-best sectional mark in the long jump, was tied for fifth in the 100 and also runs on the 4x200 relay, which had the fifth-best effort. Also for Minooka, Moira McAsey had the sixth-best 800 time and Ashley Tutt was seventh in the 3,200.
“We are coming off our best sectional meet in our program’s history, yet this group is still hungry to accomplish more,” Gummerson said. “They need to go down there and perform at the highest level they possibly can. Obviously, Janile is leading the charge as she walked away with four first place medals at the sectional meet.
“There is no doubt that this group will use the energy of the state meet and step into their event with confidence that they belong there. This team has responded to every challenge thrown at them throughout the course of the 2014 season. I am excited to see them compete with the state’s best.”
In Class 2A, Morris’ Haleigh Knapp is the two-time defending state champ in the high jump, while Leona Burton will try to medal again in the long jump.
Seneca, who scored five points at last year’s Class 1A meet, figures to make some noise this weekend since it has three individuals and a relay who had top-five sectional showings.
Leading the way are Willow Stuedemann in the 100, 200 and 400, Rylee Anderson in the high jump, Lexi Wilkinson in the triple jump and the 4x800 relay. Anderson and Wilkinson both won state medals a year ago.
Reed-Custer’s Morgan Zacharias was second in the pole vault last year and had the best sectional mark in that event. Dwight’s Daly Galloway had top-five sectional times in both the 1,600 and 3,200.