Track and Field: Crete-Monee’s Tineja Foy hurdling toward another big season
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media April 24, 2014 8:44PM
Updated: May 26, 2014 6:33AM
Whether it’s a hurdle race or the last leg of a relay, Crete-Monee’s Tineja Foy usually is first to the finish line.
The versatile junior is among the state’s best this season in the 100-meter hurdles while also running anchor for Crete-Monee’s 400 and 1,600 relays.
Foy won the 100 hurdles April 17 at the Hillcrest Lady Hawk Classic in 15.00 seconds to go with a winning 15.11 in the April 8 Larry Roland Invitational at Rich East. She won the event in 15.66 at the April 12 Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational.
Foy took both hurdle races Wednesday at the T.F. South Invitational to help Crete-Monee win the team title.
Foy has anchored the Warriors’ 1,600 relay to several first-place finishes this season, running with Loucreasha Smith, Chasity Powell and Latris Daniels.
Part of Foy’s success could be because she’s “pushing myself more.’’ Foy is the defending Southland Conference champ in both hurdle races.
‘’I’m trying more at the hurdles, trying to perfect my form more,’’ she said. “I need to work on my breathing techniques when I run the 300 hurdles.’’
H-F, Rich South, Crete-Monee and Bloom should be the top teams Friday at the Lockport Invitational.
H-F’s girls squad didn’t make it to the Rock Island Invitational last week after the team bus blew a tire en route to the meet.
“All you heard was a big bang, and thump, thump, thump,’’ sprinter Antoinette Broughton said. “We were on the bus for about six hours.
“It was a really nice day. I could have pr’d (personal record) probably.’’
Boys: Drawing a crowd
The pole vault doesn’t have box seats for spectators, but athletes from Kaneland, Lincoln-Way Central and Minooka lined the runway Saturday to cheer on the final three participants after the rest of the Minooka Invitational had ended.
Kaneland’s Dylan Kuipers cleared 14 feet to win the event. Lincoln-Way Central’s Ethan Blatti, a returning state qualifier, and Minooka’s Ryan Pullara both made 13-6.