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KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Geneva girls track's Foster Ignoffo

Why Ignoffo was selected: Won 100-meter dash and anchored winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays at Saturday's VanDeveer Invitational

Freshman Foster Ignoffo helped the host Geneva girls track and field team to a runner-up finish at Saturday's Mike VanDeveer Invitational with a standout effort in the sprints. Also a talented club soccer forward, Ignoffo, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports reporter Kevin Druley about her meet. The following is an edited transcript:

What do you say about contributing so soon?
It's a true honor to run varsity as a freshman. As a freshman, I try to give it my all and get first place and just think you can beat all these girls. It's just a really great experience to be running as a freshman.

The 4x1 is young on the whole. What was the key in that race?
We got those handoffs down really well, and then we all tried our hardest to get the time we wanted to. It was a little struggle with the wind, but we overcame that.

You don't run cross country, but you're still busy, right?
I also play soccer, and I'm on Eclipse [the same program as sophomore teammate and Northwestern soccer recruit Hannah Davison], and that's really, really, really competitive. It's hard for me to juggle both of these sports, so I have to go from track straight to soccer. I get a few minutes at home for one night, and then I have to leave track early for two of the nights to get to soccer.

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