Girls Track and Field: Rich South wins invite at Rich East
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media April 8, 2014 11:02PM
Updated: April 8, 2014 11:20PM
With the sun setting and no lights at Rich East’s Bob Lombardi Field, the starter hurried frosh-soph and varsity 1,600-meter relay teams to the track.
Crete-Monee’s 1,600 foursome of Loucreasha Smith, Latris Daniels, Simone Fears and Tineja Foy blazed to an easy victory in 4 minutes, 13.94 seconds to end the meet, but Rich South held on Tuesday night to win the Larry Roland Invitational 155-153 over Crete.
Dasia Evans, a sophomore, led Rich South with individual titles in the 400-meter dash (1:01.48), 200 meters (26.54) and the high jump (5 feet).
“It was really tiring, but I had to push myself to keep going,’’ said Evans, who also contributed a fourth place in the triple jump. “I think the 400 was my best. I started off real strong and I finished strong.’’
Rich East (70) was third in the eight-team meet, followed by Andrew (66), Simeon (48), Illiana Christian (43), Rich Central (42) and Chicago Christian (34).
Rich South, a Class 2A sectional champion a year ago, also got first places Tuesday from Amber Jones in the long jump (15-3) and Ninaa Edwards in the triple jump (35-5). Rich South also won an invitational last week at Thornridge.
“We’re off to a decent start, and fairly young, so I’m excited about that,’’ Rich South coach Sharon Green said.
Other event winners were Fears in the 100 (12.77), Foy in the 100 hurdles (15.11), Andrew’s Maggie Schultz in the 800 (2:25.12) and the Thunderbirds’ 3,200 relay (10:40.92).
Crete-Monee’s Tatyana Hendersen, Fears, Kristin Smith and Foy combined to win the 400 relay (50.39). By the end of the meet, the Warriors needed a strong start to the 1,600 relay.
“I was focused on getting my team ahead because we had been running very hard,’’ Smith said of the leadoff leg. “Tineja has been working so hard in all her events. I wanted to make sure to get a lead and make it easier on the rest of the team.’’
The 800 relay went to Rich East’s Trenice Jackson, Amari Simmons, Aja Nauden and Brianna Oliver (1:52.75).
Rich East’s Ashley Dennis, a junior, was a double winner in the shot put (39-6½) and discus (109) with her own method.
“I keep my jacket on through the throws so I won’t tense up, because once I tense up, my arm drops and my throws won’t get as far as I know they can,’’ Dennis said. “This cold weather is not for me.’’
Dennis was Southland Conference champ in the discus and shot put last year and 2A sectional winner in the discus.
“I just want to hit my pr (personal record) and go farther and farther and make it downstate again,’’ Dennis said.