The girls’ track and field teams from Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School competed in a Kishwaukee River Conference meet May 4, the first conference championship for the new KRC conference. WHS ended the meet in second place with 123 points. WNHS finished sixth with 31 points in the meet hosted by Marengo High School.
Now in his final season as head coach of the Blue Streak girls track and field team, Steve Erwin wrote, “I was just real pleased with how the girls responded to the challenge of the conference meet. It was our best team effort of the season. The sectional meet is more for getting kids qualified, and we’re looking to do just that!”
WHS had five conference champions. The 4×800 relay team of Kate Jacobs, Kylie Hagmann, Lauren Wietermann and Shannon Koscinski finished first in 10 minutes, 24.13 seconds, and Kayla Deegan won the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches. Cora Uidl vaulted 10-6 – more than 2 feet higher than her closest competition – to win the pole vault, and Syd Heidtke brought home two champion titles, winning the 100 hurdles in 16.65, and the 300 hurdles in 48.10.
Many additional scoring efforts helped the Streaks rack up enough points for second place.
Sprinter Bria Livengood was WNHS’s highest scoring athlete, placing third in the 100 dash in 13.39. The 4×100 relay team of Emily Haynes, Bria Livengood, Hope Endler and Myanna Holmes ran for third, and throwers Jenny Garcia and Megan Laing placed fourth and fifth in shot put.
The Thunder faced challenges with scheduling which affected some of the girls’ ability to compete. WNHS coach Cas Creighton wrote, “It didn’t go exactly as I hoped. We had seniors showing up late and leaving after the first couple of events due to different awards ceremonies that day. We had a lot of changes to make and had to leave some spots empty. Our underclassmen really stepped up, though.”
Seven teams competed in the KRC meet including conference champion Burlington Central High School, Richmond-Burton High School, Marengo, Johnsburg High School and Harvard High School.
Marian places fifth
Marian Central Catholic High School girls track and field team competed in the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championship at Carmel High School May 3. The Lady ’Canes placed fifth, with two conference champions. Brenna Koch won the triple jump at 35-5, and Eve Meintz cleared 5 feet for a first in high jump.
Eve Meintz placed second with a vault of 9-6, and Abigail Jones finished third in the 3,200 run in 11:34.02.
Head coach Andrea Radcliffe was very pleased with her team’s performance, stating that the girls finished with state qualifying times and measurements in more than five events. She wrote, “We are expecting the same results at sectionals. We have high expectations as our girls are confident and know what they need to score in order to get to state.”
The ESCC was won by Marian Catholic High School, and included teams from Benet Academy, Carmel Catholic, Marist, Saint Viator, Nazareth Academy and Joliet Catholic.
WHS, WNHS and Marian will compete in sectionals at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Richmond-Burton High School.