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Girls Track: Tinley Park’s Lafemina wins 800 meter

Andrew's Molly Kosche heads toward victory 1600-meter run Stagg Invitational.  |  Logan Malloy~For Sun-Times Media

Andrew's Molly Kosche heads toward victory in the 1,600-meter run at Stagg Invitational. | Logan Malloy~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 30, 2013 5:27PM



With the warmer temperatures, Tinley Park’s Angelica Lafemina was ready to get outside and run.

“I really don’t like indoor,’’ she said. “I love outdoor. I love everything about it.’’

Lafemina won the 800-meter run Saturday at the 13-team Stagg Invitational, one of the first meets in the outdoor season.

“It’s amazing, I loved the weather today,’’ the Tinley Park senior said after she won with a second-heat time of 2 minutes, 28.08 seconds.

Lafemina has had her share of success outdoors, placing sixth in the 400-meter run at the 2011 Class 2A state meet. She qualified for the state meet last season in the 800 meters.

“I’m focused more on the 800 this year,’’ she said. “I feel like I can bring my speed into the 800. A lot of people don’t have that speed to run two laps. I feel like I do. I have the speed to run two laps consistently.’’

Lafemina ran the 400 at the Illinois Top Times Meet last week but called her race “terrible.’’

“My elements are outside,’’ she said.

Lafemina is thinking about attending either Olivet Nazarene or Lewis, but wants to reach All-State again in her final season.

Stagg sophomore Elle Mannix was a double winner, reaching personal bests in the triple jump (36 feet, 4 1/2 inches) and the high jump (5-0).

“I thought it was going to be hard with the weather, but it turned out good,’’ Mannix said. “I want to make it to state and do well in the triple jump.’’

Andrew freshman Molly Kosche won her first high school outdoor race, finishing ahead of the pack in the 1,600-meter run (5:52.26) after taking the lead in the final lap.

“My goal was 5:50 or under,’’ she said. “It was good. I pretty much just followed whoever was in the lead.’’

Rockton Hononegah won the team title with 103 points followed by defending champion Romeoville (84), Plainfield Central (76), Reavis (53) and Stagg (53).

Paulina Gal was a standout for Reavis, taking second in the 300-meter low hurdles, third in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Teammate Kelley Grzych was second in the 100-meter hurdles and tied for second in the high jump.



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