Cold and wind challenged competitors and spectators at the McHenry County Track and Field Championships April 20 and 21 at Huntley High School. Fifteen teams from throughout the county competed for championship titles.

For boys’ teams, Woodstock High School placed 10th, followed by Woodstock North High School at 11th and Marian Central Catholic High School at 13th. Marian’s girls placed 8th, with WHS 10th and WNHS 13th.

WHS had two county champions, one girl and one boy.Woodstock High School’s Ryan McNeal competes in shot put at the Woodstock North quad meet April 17. He placed third in the event. WHS took second, while host WNHS finished first overall. Independent Photo by Michelle Krenger

Sophomore Syd Heidtke was a repeat champion in the girls 300-meter low hurdles with a time of 48:13. A notable accomplishment on its own, the win was even sweeter considering Heidtke sustained a serious injury last year after qualifying for state.
The injury required two screws in her ankle, and physical therapy continued over the summer and through most of the fall cross-country season.

“It’s cool to look back on my freshman year and see that I could pull it together again this year,” said Heidtke.

Looking forward to the rest of the season, she said she is taking it one race at a time.

On the boy’s side, WHS’s Will Maidment went first and second in field events April 20, the first day of the McHenry County Championship meet. He won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 5 inches, and took second in the triple jump, covering 43 feet, 3 inches.

This is Maidment’s first county championship title.

“My season’s going well,” he said.

The senior has already achieved the goals he set for himself early in the season. He was shooting for jumps of 6 feet, 5 or 6 inches by sectionals, but he has been consistently clearing these heights already.

In response to what’s next, Maidment said, “The sky’s the limit.” The school record is 6 feet, 9 inches, and he’s set on bettering this as a new goal. He’s already hitting the state qualifying marks in high jump and triple jump, so he is poised for a trip to Charleston in May.

“All the girls competed hard, and we had loads of season and personal bests,” said WHS girls head coach Steve Erwin.

Cas Creighton, coach for WNHS, said, “I was pleased with the team’s performance. Everyone either got a season best or personal best. We had two freshmen filling in for seniors in the 4×200 relay, and we still placed.”

She noted that senior Bria Livengood had a good meet, placing in all her events and breaking the school record in the 200 with a time of 27:78.

Andrea Radcliffe, Marian’s head track coach, said, “We are proud of all of our athletes and how they each competed against larger schools in the county. We advanced to finals in several field events and had competitive times in our running [events].” She said they have identified some areas that need work and they will focus on the upcoming conference and sectional meets.

WHS and WNHS are looking ahead to the first Kishwaukee River Conference matchups. The girls will compete May 4 at Marengo, followed by the boys May 12 at Harvard.

Marian girls will compete in the ESCC Conference Championships May 3 at Carmel. The boys conference meet will be May 10 at Notre Dame.

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