DeKALB – Kaneland junior Lauren Zick won all three of her running events at Friday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 girls track and field championships, taking first in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.
Some events were held indoors at DeKalb’s field house. Team scores were not available because of a scoring error that was not corrected as of press time.
“Last year, I was injured most of the season so it was kind of rough having to work through that,” Zick said. “This year, I’ve been healthy. ... I’ve been running good, I’ve been feeling good.”
Zick’s only loss came to DeKalb senior Jasmine Brown in the long jump, where she was edged by three inches to finish second.
While Zick doesn’t know for certain what events she’ll compete in next week at the Class 2A Burlington Central Sectional, she hopes to use the conference meet as a springboard.
“It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Zick said. “Next week’s [sectional] going to be loaded too. It’s almost like a [preparation] basically to get ready for the sectional meet and then eventually the state meet too.”
DeKalb junior Kelsey Schrader finished fourth in the 800 and second in the 1,600. Ayslin Nachman was fifth in the 100 and second in the 200, while Alvarez took third in the high jump with a height of 5-0.
DeKalb freshman Savannah Long ran a personal-best time of 50.31 in the 300 hurdles to take fourth and fellow freshman Patrick was fifth in the long jump.
Sycamore freshman Lauren Goff was third in the 400, and Maggie Lalowski finished fourth in the 1,600. Sarah Grant took sixth in the discus.
Kaneland’s Christina Delach took second in the pole vault with a mark of 9-3, and the Knights’ Elle Tattoni was second in the discus. Brianna Bower finished third in the 3,200 at 11:33.
The Knights also won the 4x400.
Brown didn’t mind when bad weather pushed the long jump and triple jump inside the DeKalb field house.
Brown had spent countless days practicing indoors on the runway during the winter months and into the early spring.
“I actually kind of liked [going inside] because it’s been a really bad season, rainy,” Brown said. “It’s good to just go in there and I don’t have to worry about that.”
On Friday, Brown took advantage of the indoor environment, winning conference titles in both events. Brown was also part of DeKalb’s 4x100 relay team that took second place in a time of 51.59. She was joined by Kara Alvarez, Alex Sommer and Brittney Patrick.
Brown, who took second place in the triple jump at conference last year as a junior, finished in first with a mark of 38 feet, 2 inches to win by four feet. She jumped 17-11.5 in the long jump.
But Brown will look to improve on both marks next week at the Class 3A Belvidere North Sectional.
“In triple I scratched what looked like a 40-foot jump so it was kind of bittersweet with that,” Brown said.
Sycamore’s Christina Dailey (34-2) and Lilia Edwards (33-6) finished second and third respectively in the triple jump behind Brown. Kaneland’s Ashley Castellanos was fourth. Edwards also finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 16-08.25.