Girls Track and Field: Shepard wins title at Hillcrest Lady Hawk Classic
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media April 17, 2014 10:42PM
Bloom Trail's Brittany Thomas competes in the triple jump at the Lady Hawk Classic.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 19, 2014 2:22PM
It took a little while for the final team points to be tabulated at the Hillcrest Lady Hawk Classic, but it was worth waiting for to Shepard.
Although it’s early in the outdoor season, Shepard claimed its third invitational title Thursday night by scoring 90 points to 82 for runner-up Mother McAuley at the 16-team competition.
When the final results were announced, no one celebrated louder than the Astros’ Courtney Dalton.
“We try to earn points in every event,’’ Dalton said. “Everyone goes hard because we know what we need to come to these invites and do. We pretend that these invites are like sectional and state and we’re trying to get there.’’
Dalton won the 300-meter hurdles (46.56 seconds) and ran on three relays, including the second-place 1,600 relay and the third-place 800 relay.
Chasz Wells and Chrystal McAlpin also were key contributors for Shepard. Wells won the triple jump (33 feet, 7½ inches) and ran on the 800 and 1,600 relays.
McAlpin was a double winner, taking the shot put (35-6) and the discus (117-3).
“It was a challenge, we looked at things and we actually executed,’’ Shepard coach Verline Gaddis said.
McAuley winners were Brianna Driver in the long jump (17-1/2) and Jasmine Jones, who tied Marist’s Kelly Carollo for first in the high jump (5 feet).
Marist, East Suburban Catholic runner-up last season, finished third with 78 points. Crete-Monee (70) and Bloom (57) rounded out the top five.
Marist’s 3,200 relay of Maddie Kelly, Julie Yaeger, Annemarie Leonard and Maryclare Leonard took first in 9 minutes, 54.84 seconds.
After Bloom’s victory in the 400 relay, Marist’s Bridget McDermott won the 3,200-meter run (12:39.17).
Yaeger took first in the 800 (2:27.62) while the Leonard sisters, Maryclare and Annmarie, finished 1-2 in the 1,600. Maryclare won in 5:31.20 just ahead of Annmarie’s 5:31.59.
In her first 100-meter dash race outdoors this year, Bloom’s Ivory Cassell was a close second (12.40) to Kankakee’s Tyjuana Eason (12.35).
Cassell edged Eason last year to win the 100 at the Southland Conference meet.
“I kind of surprised myself,’’ Cassell said of her finish. “My prelims were kind of shaky, but I just pushed out of the block in the final. I had a good drive phase.’’
Cassell also ran a leg on Bloom’s first-place 400 relay (48.93) that included Dyamond Young, Taylor Solomon-Phillips and anchor Brittany Thomas.
The meet ended with Crete-Monee’s Tineja Foy overtaking Shepard during the anchor leg to win the 1,600 relay (4:04.77) that included Loucreasha Smith, Chasity Powell and Latris Daniels.
Foy also won the 100 hurdles (15.00) and took second in the 300 hurdles.
“I’m pushing myself more this year than last year,’’ Foy said. “I’m trying to perfect my form more.’’