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Girls Track and Field: Lincoln-Way East ready for another run at state

Lincoln-Way East's AsiBrown (from left) JuliJunkroski Alexis Pierre-Antoine. | Tim Tierney/For Sun-Times Media

Lincoln-Way East's Asia Brown (from left), Julia Junkroski and Alexis Pierre-Antoine. | Tim Tierney/For Sun-Times Media

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Girls Track and Field 2014

TOP 10 TEAMS

1. Lincoln-Way East: Even with Aaliyah Brown’s graduation, last year’s 3A state champion has the talent to get another trophy.

2. Homewood-Flossmoor: The Vikings will be led by state relay finalists Antoinette Broughton and Christin Salley, along with Jayla Stewart, Aliyah Mickens and Rachel Wilson.

3. Lockport: Sectional discus champ Lane Kadlec, Morgan Bollinger, Carolyn Dietz and Kate Reposh are best of the Porters.

4. Lincoln-Way Central: State qualifiers Ashley Raehsler, Bri Tomnitz, JJ Robinson and Mallory Johnson form a solid nucleus for Knights.

5. Bloom: Ivory Cassell, Brittany Thomas and Gina Narcisi are key returnees for the defending Southland Conference champion.

6. Rich South: Class 2A Kankakee Sectional winner last year has a strong nucleus in Ninaa Edwards, Amber Jones and Dasia Evans.

7. Thornwood: Shot put state finalist Janeah Carter, along with Kameesha Smith and Janaia Carter on the track, lead the Thunderbirds.

8. Shepard: Defending South Suburban Red champ is led by Khalia McIntyre, Chasz Wells, Courtney Dalton and H-F transfer Mariah Terry.

9. Marist: East Suburban Catholic runner-up last season has standouts in Kelly Carollo, Alexis Pitts and Maryclare Leonard.

10. Hillcrest: Watch for Desiree Wilson, Rashidat Ishadimu, Chiquita Bradley and Joshulyn Shepherd to lead the Hawks.

TOP 20 INDIVIDUALS
(in alphabetical order)

Antoinette Broughton, H-F; Asia Brown, Lincoln-Way East; Kelly Carollo, Marist; Ivory Cassell, Bloom; Briana Driver, Mother McAuley; Ninaa Edwards, Rich South; Tineja Foy, Crete-Monee; Paulina Gal, Reavis; Kayla Hylton, Lincoln-Way North; Alexis Hyshaw, Lincoln-Way East; Kyla Jimmar, Richards; Julia Junkroski, Lincoln-Way East; Lane Kadlec, Lockport; Christina MacNab, Providence; Alexis Pierre-Antoine, Lincoln-Way East; Jaimie Robinson, De La Salle; Janeah Stewart, Thornwood; Jayla Stewart, H-F; Brittany Thomas, Bloom; Kylie Tulloch, Oak Forest.

Updated: May 1, 2014 7:01AM



The graduation of multi-time state champion Aaliyah Brown would leave a big hole in any roster. However, the fieldhouse at Lincoln-Way East still brims with talent ready to chase another state title.

There’s Aaliyah’s sister, Asia, a member of two state champion relay teams as a freshman in 2013.

“Oh, yeah, there’s a lot of talk, saying that ‘Without Aaliyah, we’re nothing,’ ’’ Asia Brown said. “Aaliyah helped us get to the top. The training we’re getting now, we’ll be better than ever.’’

Aaliyah Brown moved on to NCAA power Texas A&M after she led Lincoln-Way East to the 2013 Class 3A state title. Asia Brown said she still talks with her big sister every day.

“She asks me every day how am I doing,’’ Asia said. “She tells me to keep pushing, no matter how hard it is. Strive for the best.’’

East has enough talent throughout its lineup to be among the best again this season.

Alexis Hyshaw, a senior, was second in the state 100-meter dash (11.86 seconds), fifth in the 200 and ran on the state champion 400- and 800-meter relays.

Alexis Pierre-Antoine, a sophomore, also returns from those two relay teams. Pierre-Antoine scored individual points with a fifth-place finish in the 100 hurdles.

“I’ve been practicing with these people since I was younger in club track, so I’m kind of used to the hard workouts,’’ Pierre-Antoine said. “Get better and get faster each year.’’

Julia Junkroski, a junior, was third in the state pole vault (12 feet) and fifth in the high jump. The state champion and runner-up in the 3A pole vault have graduated, leaving Junkroski with a clear target.

“I definitely think my training will take me to where I want to be, to win,’’ Junkroski said.

East’s talent pool also includes sophomore Alyssa Vogt, who was eighth in the 800 at the state meet, and all four members of the third-place 1,600 relay: Dana O’Grady, Sydney Barrera, Meghan Marias and Asia Brown. Kyndall Wallace also can run the 1,600 relay.

Marias, a senior, has had a remarkable comeback after missing her sophomore season because of back surgery. East coach Wendy Hegarty said Marias could be a replacement for Aaliyah Brown in the sprint relays.

The newcomer to watch is freshman Ololade Ayoola, who indoors has cleared 5-4 in the high jump.

“She’s a great addition,’’ Hegarty said. “She’s got a lot of raw talent, and she’s running the relays, too.’’

The first two meets on East’s outdoor schedule are April 8 at Joliet West and the April 12 Lincoln-Way Central Invitational.

“I’m excited for this season,’’ Asia Brown said. “You never know what can happen.’’



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