ELMHURST – Glenbard West freshman Katelynne Hart improved her track and field distance-running records May 12 at the Class 3A York sectional.
Classmate Ashley Samuta took a big step toward joining the elite of triple jump.
Samuta joined the Hilltoppers’ entries for the state meet as her third-place mark of 36 feet, 3.5 inches beat the 35-11 state-qualifying standard. Before that, Samuta’s best was 34-5.5.
“Just the feeling – I got chills and everything that I just made it,” Samuta said. “I really wanted to qualify for state, but I was so far back. I just really wanted it and I was determined to get it.”
Hart won the 1,600-meter run (all-time school record 4:47.45) and the 3,200 (outdoor school record 10:14.47) – the fastest sectional times in the state.
Moments earlier, Hart’s 2:13.2 anchor split helped the 4x800 relay, with sophomore Katie Hohe, junior Claire Kenwood and senior Janie Nabholz, win in 9:19.73.
“Going for records this year or in the future would be awesome,” Hart said. “I guess just feeling good and seeing my teammates do well [at state] is all I can ask for.
“I was going to try to go for [a record in the 3,200] because it was a beautiful night, no wind, perfect temperature. [In the 1,600], I really wanted to hit 4:46, but 4:47 was awesome, too.”
Junior Lindsey Payne qualified for state with a second-place 10:41.82 in the 3,200 and third-place 5:03.50 in the 1,600.
Nabholz was second in the 800 (2:15.90). Also qualifying were the second-place 4x200 relay (juniors Chloe Arduino and MaryBeth Feeley, senior Sophie Cvengros, junior Maddie Schrauth in 1:45.48) and the third-place 4x400 relay (Nabholz, Schrauth, freshman Aaliyah Collier, Arduino in 4:02.15).
Last season was the first for Payne and Nabholz in outdoor track. At the 2016 state meet, Payne won the 3,200 (10:35.40) and was an all-state ninth in the 1,600.
“[My state goal is] whatever my best is, honestly,” Payne said.
Sophomore Ahalya Lettenberger reached state in the 100 (22.90), 200 (41.32) and 400 wheelchair (1:23.29) races. In 2016, Lettenberger won state in the 200 (40.54) and 400 (1:22.23) and was second in the 100 to junior teammate Daniela Polencheck, who did not compete at sectionals because of an injury.
Their performances helped the Hilltoppers win the IHSA’s first combined state team championship.
Nabholz and Hohe helped the 4x800 relay take fourth in 2016. Nabholz also helped the 4x200 and 4x400 relays qualify at sectionals.
“It was nice to be able to run an open [race] because last year I was in all relays,” Nabholz said. “Both were really successful meets. I’m really happy qualifying in all three [events].”
Grayson Breen’s winning discus throw of 116 feet, 1 inch led the four state meet berths the Raiders earned at their own Class 2A sectional meet May 11.
Sarah Robinson in pole vault (9-0), Emma Taylor in high jump (5-1) and Maggie Bair in shot put (30-11) were all second for state berths.
South scored 72 points to finish third in the sectional.
IF YOU GO
What: Class 2A and 3A state track meets
When: 8 a.m. May 19; 10 a.m. May 20
Where: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston