Why Shead was selected: Won the 400 meters in 56.58 seconds and also was part of victorious 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams as the Saints won Thursday's 3A West Aurora Sectional
St. Charles East junior Jordan Shead captured two medals at last season's 3A Girls Track and Field State Meet. This spring, she's primed to win more. Shead enters this week's preliminaries at Eastern Illinois' O'Brien Stadium in Charleston as a triple-qualifier after a standout sectional performance earned her a nod as the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week. Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley caught up with Shead about her night. The following is an edited transcript:
How did you like the team's response to the rough weather at sectionals?
I think we all responded well. We're very tough and we just knew we had to go out there, run our best and try our best to ignore it.
What's the feeling surrounding the team heading into state?
I think everything is really coming together and evertyhing is really working out for us, and we all seem to be doing well now and healthy, so that's good.
You and several teammates know your way around Eastern. What does your experience bring?
It helps alot to calm the nerves and just knowing what to expect. And also it's a lot of motivation, too, knowing how it could be if you do really well down there. ... I've told [teammates] just to run with your heart and don't forgets o have fun, because it's just an amazing experience.