Girls Track and Field: Homewood-Flossmoor’s Antoinette Broughton blazes trail at Top Times meet
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media March 29, 2014 9:42PM
Updated: May 1, 2014 7:23AM
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Homewood-Flossmoor’s Antoinette Broughton is a diminutive sprinter whose bursts of speed were huge Saturday at the Illinois Top Times Meet.
Broughton won the Class 3A 60-meter dash (7.68 seconds) and ran on the winning 800-meter relay (1:43.04) in the unofficial indoor state meet at Illinois Wesleyan.
“This gives me a good start,’’ Broughton said going into the outdoor season. “I just have to keep working harder, so I can keep winning. I have to push myself more.’’
Broughton edged Bloom’s Brittany Thomas (7.77) to take first in the 60 meters. Marist’s Alexis Pitts was fourth (7.80).
“I just had to stay in my drive phase longer, not come up too fast,’’ Broughton said of the 60 race. “In my prelims, I came up too early. I had to stay down longer and when I come up, just blaze.’’
The other members of H-F’s 800 relay were Jayla Stewart, Aliyah Mickens and Amari Windom.
“We work really hard at practice,’’ Broughton said. “We haven’t won state in a while. This year we’re going to go for the gold.’’
Bloom’s Ivory Cassell anchored the Blazing Trojans to second place in the 800 relay (1:43.78) after she competed in the triple jump and long jump.
“At this meet you see your competition for the state meet,’’ Cassell said. “It’s a really good meet going into outdoor because you know what you have to work toward and what you have to improve on.’’
Also running on Bloom’s 800 relay were Kierra Griggs, Thomas and Angelique Hamilton. Thomas also earned second place in the 200 meters (25.61).
Bloom got another runner-up finish from its 1,600 relay of Griggs, Sullibet Ramirez, Hamilton and Jazzmin Ruiz (4:03.90).
Richards’ Kyla Jimmar finished third in the 60 hurdles (9.17) won by West Aurora’s Emma Spagnola (8.91).
For Thornwood, Kameesha Smith took third in the high jump (5 feet, 3 inches) and Janeah Stewart was 12th in the shot put (38-10).
In Class AA, De La Salle freshman Jamie Robinson came into the meet with the best triple jump (37-8¾) and left the competition with the top spot (37-6½). Robinson earned second place in the long jump (17-9).
De La Salle teammate NiaPearl Minor-Clark claimed the runner-up spot in the 400 meters (58.94) to Aurora Central Catholic’s Karina Liz (58.87).
Providence’s Christina MacNab took sixth in the high jump (5-2).