Lone state medalist for Vikings team in transition figures to be a bigger force next season after taking sixth in the 3A 800 meters.
Sectional champ in the 3,200 followed up a week later with a seventh-place run at the 2A state meet. Part of a young distance core that includes sophomore Victoria Clinton.
St. Charles East, So.
Versatile twin of teammate and sister, Elizabeth, placed seventh in the 3A state triple jump before running as part of East’s state champion and school record-setting 4x400 relay.
St. Charles North, Jr.
Former soccer player was pitch perfect in her first track season, winning the 3,200 title at the Kane County Meet and advancing to the 3A state meet in the event.
Aurora Central Catholic, Fr.
Liz held her own in her debut season, emerging with a county title in the 800 and a 2A state runner-up effort in that event.
Aurora Central Catholic, Sr.
Sugar Grove resident
sprinted to the Kane County title in the 200, propelling
her toward a stellar 2A state series that included all-state effforts in the
and 100 (ninth).
St. Charles East, Jr.
Finished fourth in the 3A 400 – about one second ahead of friend and teammate Britney Williams, who was seventh – before helping Saints surge to a state title in the 4x400.
Strang pieced together another strong turn of 2A state series efforts, including completing the anchor leg of a ninth-place 4x800 that began with Amanda Lesak, Aislinn Lodwig and Jessica Kucera.
Burlington Central, Sr.
Trupp, who is Southern Illinois-bound, was the 2A runner-up in the pole vault and high jump. She fell just three inches short of a high jump crown.
St. Charles East, Sr.
Repeat Chronicle Athlete of the Year closes storied career with five school records in individual events or relays. She once held three others.
Aurora Christian, Jr.
Captured a trio of 1A
state titles – high jump, 100 hurdles and as part of the 4x200 – to help the Eagles finish third in the team race.
Burlington Central, Sr.
Missouri recruit placed sixth in the 800 at the 2A state meet, capping a solid season that included an unofficial indoor state title at Prep Top Times.
Steered Knights to 2A Burlington Central Sectional title while overcoming a burst cyst in her lower abdomen, qualifying for state meet in the long jump and 4x400.
McKenzie Altmayer, Geneva, Fr.
Alyssa Andersen, Aurora Christian, Jr.
Natasha Brown, Aurora Christian, So.
Ashley Castellanos, Kaneland, Sr.
Elizabeth Chmelik, St. Charles East, So.
Krista Fitzmaurice, St. Charles East, Jr.
Meghan Hagerty, Aurora Christian, So.
Kara Kalisz, Rosary, Sr.
Taylor Knauf, Aurora Christian, Sr.
Amanda Nunley, St. Francis, Jr.
Amanda Passaglia, St. Charles East, Sr.
Kaylee Raucci, St. Charles North, Sr.
Dakota Roman, Batavia, Fr.
Hannah Schilb, St. Charles North, Fr.
Skylar Schoen, Batavia, Sr.
Torree Scull, St. Charles East, So.
Lauren Towne, St. Charles East, Jr.
Kaylee Wessel, St. Charles North, Jr.
COACH OF THE YEAR
St. Charles East
A track official before taking the reins of one of the pre-eminent programs in 3A this season, Wolf also saw his future athletes up close as a longtime East faculty member.
What resulted were many memories that added up to a banner season that included conference accolades and the West Aurora Sectional title. The Saints set a program best by placing eighth as a team at the 3A state meet and sending 13 qualifying entries to Charleston.
“It was a dream year, that’s for sure,” Wolf said. “These kids really took to my philosophy and jumped on top of it. You could not have asked for a better year, and these kids just responded to everything all the coaches asked of them.”
– Kevin Druley