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Girls Track and Field: Impressive effort by Rich South’s Edwards

Homewood-Flossmoor's Amber Smith flies triple jump. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media

Homewood-Flossmoor's Amber Smith flies in the triple jump. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 14, 2014 6:50AM



The weather for Saturday’s Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational was a mixed bag: temperatures in the upper 70s and gusting winds out of the south that meant for a rough finish for the running events.

Rich South’s Ninaa Edwards chose to focus on the positive.

“It was awesome, even with the wind,” she said. “Even though it could mess up my times, I love it. I love being out here, feeling the sun on my skin, letting my muscles be like, ‘Yeah, this is what we’re gonna do, this is what we’re gonna do.’ ”

What Edwards did was score the bulk of the Stars’ points with one of the day’s top individual performances. She won the triple jump with a 36-foot, 6.5-inch effort, was runner-up in both hurdles races and helped the Stars take second in the 1,600 relay. She ran 15.67 seconds in the 100 hurdles, .01 behind Class 3A state leader Tineja Foy, of Crete-Monee, and 48.18 in the 300s, a half-second behind Richards’ Kyla Jimmar.

Homewood-Flossmoor sprinter Antoinette Broughton wasn’t griping about the conditions, either.

“It wasn’t so bad,” she said. “Honestly, it wasn’t. I just fought through the wind. ... I can run much better in warm weather.”

Broughton won the 200 (25.77) ahead of Rock Island’s Mystique Thompson after they finished 1-2 in reverse order in the 100.

“I was disappointed because my blocks slipped (in the 100),” said Broughton, who ran 12.83 to Thompson’s 12.47. “When my blocks slipped, everyone was in front of me. I had to catch a lot of people. I was pretty upset, but it just gives me motivation to work harder on my blocks in the 100.”

Other athletes had a tougher time dealing with the conditions.

“The wind is terrible,” said York pole vaulter Abby Waltz, who nonetheless won the event with a 10-foot clear. “It would have been a lot easier without the wind. ... I guess it’s nice to know even when there is terrible weather, I can still get at least 10 )(feet).”

The pole vault and horizontal jumps were contested east to west, making the gusts a cross wind.

“It motivated me,” Edwards said. “Now I’ve got to be aggressive because it’s just going to push me this way. I want to go straight. I want to get my best mark.”

Bolingbrook’s Charlymcia Stennis got the good and the bad on her winning run in the 400.

“Backstretch, it was perfect, it pushed me through ... helped me get a good 200 split,” Stennis said after finishing in 59.47. “(On the final straightaway_ it was really hard. Every step, I took two steps back.”

Rock Island beat runner-up Barrington 122-77 for the team title. Homewood-Flossmoor (71.5), Downers Grove North (61) and Young (59.67) rounded out the top five in the 21-team field.

Other local individual winners were Downers North’s Grace Maletich in the 3,200 (12:15.40), Emma Moravec in the 800 (2:24.43) and Stephanie Urbancik in the 1,600 (5:32.70); Morton shot putter Lillybeth Mendez (38-5.5), H-F discus thrower Rachel Wilson (118-9); and Barrington high jumper Anna Cossio (5-2).



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