Girls Track and Field: Lincoln-Way East wins SouthWest Suburban Blue title
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media May 8, 2014 9:54PM
Lincoln-Way East's Meghan Marias beat out her teammate, Alexis Hyshaw in the 100 Meter Dash for the Southwest Suburban Blue girls track meet at Joliet West, Thursday, May 8th, 2014 in Joliet. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 10, 2014 7:03AM
With defending Class 3A state champion Lincoln-Way East in the field, competition at the SouthWest Suburban Blue Meet was at an elite level.
A SouthWest Blue coach reiterated the common belief that conference is for the team and sectional is for individuals, but it takes special individuals to compete for the team title in this league.
Led on the track by senior sprinters Meghan Marias and Alexis Hyshaw, Lincoln-Way East retained its conference championship Thursday night at Joliet West.
East totaled 154 points to 85½ for runner-up Bolingbrook and 82 for third-place Lockport. Joliet West was fourth (64), Sandburg fifth (59) and Homewood-Flossmoor sixth (52½).
After she led off the first-place 400-meter relay (46.23 seconds), the Michigan-bound Marias won the 100 meters in a blistering 11.71, with Hyshaw, state runner-up last year, a close second (11.80).
The order was reversed later in the 200, with Hyshaw winning in 24.26, barely edging Marias (24.27). The times, just as in the 100, would place high downstate.
“I wouldn’t want anyone else in the state to train with,’’ Marias said. “We push each other every single day in practice, so daily you’re getting better. Some days, I’m faster than her. Some days, she’s faster than me.’’
“We work hard together,’’ Hyshaw said. “When it comes to competition, it’s all game. We’re friends. We make each other better.’’
Freshman Ololade Ayoola contributed a first place in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and ran on three winning relays.
East’s 400 relay was Marias, Asia Brown, Ololade Ayoola and Hyshaw. The 800 relay of Marias, Ayoola, Alexis Pierre-Antoinne and Hyshaw won in 1:40.68. The 1,600 foursome of Dana O’Grady, Ayoola, Sydney Barrera and Brown finished the meet with a winning time of 4:02.58.
“It’s nice to finally put our relays together, to put everybody in the events we knew they were going to run at the end of the year,’’ East coach Wendy Hegarty said. “Here we are, it’s the end of the year.’’
East’s Pierre-Antoinne won the 300 hurdles (46.33). Julia Junkroski took first in the pole vault (11-6) and second in the high jump.
Also contributing second places for the Griffins were Brown in the 400, Alyssa Vogt in the 800, Pierre-Antoinne in the 100 hurdles and the 3,200 relay.
H-F’s Jayla Stewart won the 100 hurdles in 14.17, likely good enough to place high downstate.
Lockport winners were Lane Kadlec in the shot put (40-10½, personal best), Morgan Bollinger in the 3,200 meters (11:49.84) and the 3,200 relay of Aubrey Elwood, Jorie Beaumont, Emmie Hahn and Haley Beaumont (9:49.15).
Sandburg got first-place finishes from Renee Letz in the 800 (2:21.79) and Casey Jensen in the 1,600 (5:24.15).