Girls Track and Field: Bloom wins Southland Conference title
After Gina Narcisi ran indoor track her first two years at Bloom, she would switch to playing soccer for the Blazing Trojans in the spring.
Not this season.
Narcisi won the 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs to complete the distance double Wednesday night and help host Bloom win the six-team Southland Conference Meet.
“This is my first year just sticking with it,’’ Narcisi said of her first outdoor track season. “It’s feeling pretty good right now, but I know I’ve got a lot more to go, a lot more to do.’’
Narcisi, who runs cross country in the fall, won the 3,200 in 12 minutes, 43.41 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:44.50
“The first one was tough to get through, the 2-mile,’’ Narcisi said. “But the mile felt really good. (Crete-Monee’s) Chasity Powell, she’s an amazing runner. She tried to make a move. I knew if I didn’t catch her, my race was done.’’
Bloom scored 160 points and finished ahead of Rich South (107), Crete-Monee (105), Kankakee (81), Rich East (43) and Rich Central (27).
It’s Bloom’s second conference title in the past three years.
Sprinter Ivory Cassell was a key contributor for the Blazing Trojans. She won the 100 (12.58 second) and the triple jump (34 feet, ½-inch) and anchored the second-place 400 relay that included Justice Howard, Jamillah Jackson and Brittany Thomas.
Other Bloom winners were Angela Cates in the high jump (5-4) and LaTina Lewis in the pole vault (7-6).
“This group of young ladies is a real special group,’’ Bloom coach Huey Johnson said. “I told them what we mainly need to do is just have fun, and it looks like they had fun. We’ve got a few loose ends to tie up with the relays.’’
Crete-Monee’s Tineja Foy, who didn’t run the hurdles as a freshman last season, won the 100 (15.54) and 300 (45.52) hurdles in personal bests.
“I just try to do my best at everything,’’ Foy said. “I couldn’t do it last year. I was afraid to fall when I went over the hurdles. This year I just jumped over the hurdles.’’
Another double champion was Rich East’s Ashley Dennis, who won the shot put (31-4) and discus (105-4).
Other local winners were Rich Central’s Aliyah Harmon in the long jump (18-1¼, meet record), Rich South’s DeAsia Garrett in the 200 (26.23), Powell in the 800 (2:27.48) and Crete-Monee in the 3,200 relay (10:17.66).