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Girls Track and Field: Lincoln-Way North’s Hylton doubles her pleasure

Destini Artis Hillcrest takes first 100-meter hurdles with time 16.04. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

Destini Artis, of Hillcrest, takes first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.04. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 6, 2013 2:25AM



Running in a big high school track meet for the first time didn’t intimidate Lincoln-Way North freshman Kayla Hylton.

In a windy, 20-team invitational Saturday at Homewood-Flossmoor, Hylton won both sprint races in a strong field and also ran a leg on North’s 400-meter relay.

Although happy with the victories in her first high school outdoor meet, Hylton exhibited the mind-set of an upperclassman by already looking ahead to making improvements.

“I did a pretty good job even though it was really windy,’’ she said. “That was a really big factor. If I work hard, the times I got today, without the wind I could make a big difference in my times.’’

In the 100-meter dash, Hylton said she “was able to finish strong with my arms’’ and won the race in 12.77 seconds. She took the 200 dash in 25.96 ahead of Bolingbrook’s Jessica Watkins (26.65).

“I was really tired,’’ Hylton said. “I didn’t know what my body had left. I just prayed ‘Let me finish off the day good.’ And that’s what I did.’’

Speed seems to literally run in her family. Hylton’s brother, Julian, was a Class 3A state placer for North in the 100 and 200 as a sophomore last season.

“He’s a good influence,’’ she said. “I can talk to him about anything. I feel comfortable around him. He’s a great big brother.

“I’ve been running longer, since I was six. We help each other out. If we see stuff wrong, we try to help each other fix it.’’

Rock Island won the team title with 102.5 points. H-F scored 90.5 to barely edge Bolingbrook (90) for second place.

H-F’s Chardae Greenlee won the triple jump (38 feet, 5¾ inches) and took third in the long jump. H-F’s Jayla Stewart was second in the 100 hurdles (16.06) to Hillcrest’s Destini Artis (16.04).

The meet ended with an exciting finish in the 1,600 relay. Rich South anchor leg DeAsia Garrett got the baton in fourth place and raced past runners from Downers Grove North, Rock lsland and Kankakee to win the event in 4:10.21.

“I wanted to come through for my team,’’ DeAsia said. “That race was probably one of the hardest races I ever did. I felt like I was kind of blocked in when I got to the second curve. I had to go to the outside.’’

“The anchor leg was pure heart. She’s our go-getter,’’ Rich South coach Sharon Green said of the relay that included Garrett’s sister, Cierra, Sharna Baker and Ninaa Edwards.

Other winners were Rich Central’s Aliyah Harmon in the long jump (17-9) and Hillcrest’s Alia Jamison in the shot put (35-1).



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