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Kaneland

KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Kaneland girls track’s Lauren Zick

Why she was selected: Zick won the 60-meter dash (7.92) and 200-meter dash (26.62) at Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 indoor meet

Kaneland junior Lauren Zick paced the Kaneland girls track and field team to a runner-up finish at Saturday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 meet by capturing individual titles in the 60 and 200 meters. Zick, the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, also competed in the 400 meters and long jump. Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley caught up with Zick about the meet and the week ahead. The following is an edited transcript:

What was the key to your event titles this weekend?
Basically, we’ve just been doing a lot of tough workouts to get us back in shape and get us ready for the race plans we knew we’d be running and the competion that would be there. ... We were talking about it the whole week.

You have Illinois Prep Top Times coming up this weekend [at Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington]. Lots of people call it the unofficial indoor state meet. How’s the atmosphere?
It definitely feels like a state meet because only the best are there and it’s a great measuring stick to see the competition for outdoor and see where everyone’s at and who you’re going to be racing at outdoor state in Charleston in a few months.

Have many colleges been inquiring about you yet?
I get a few colleges that have been sending me stuff and wanting to come out and watch it. ... Pretty much it’s still in the [early] stages.

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