Girls track and field athletes to watch
Kathryn Adelman, Geneva, Sr.
A sixth-place finisher in the 800 meters at the Class 3A state meet, she also should help the Vikings’ 4x800 relay.
Emily Bakala, Rosary, Sr.
Sprints and middle distance veteran could find herself near podiums more often as the Royals return to 2A after spending last season in 3A.
Brianna Bower, Kaneland, So.
Just one member of Kaneland’s young distance core, Bower finished seventh in the 3,200 at the Class 2A state meet last spring.
Jasmine Castillo, Burlington Central, Jr.
A returning 2A state qualifier in the 300 hurdles, Castillo also looks to set the tone with her leadership on a young team.
Allison Chmelik, St. Charles East, Jr.
A poised sprinter and jumper whose twin sister, Elizabeth, augments East’s depth, Chmelik was seventh in the 3A state triple jump last season and was part of winning 4x400 relay.
Ashley England, St. Charles North, Sr.
Former soccer player keeps distancing herself from the sport as a track standout. Qualified for the 3A state meet in the 3,200 in 2013.
Karina Liz, Aurora Central Catholic, So.
Primed for an encore after a dazzling debut season that included a Kane County title in the 800 and a 2A state runner-up effort in the event. Started well to that end with 2A Illinois Prep Top Times titles in the 400 and 800.
Hannah Schilb, St. Charles North, So.
Keeps improving in sprints and jumps, but especially made waves in her field events during indoor season.
Hannah Schlaman, Batavia, Fr.
Sprinter is well-versed with the top veteran sprinters in the region, and also augments the depth the Bulldogs enjoy in almost every event.
Jordan Shead, St. Charles East, Sr.
Notre Dame recruit was a double medalist at last season’s 3A state meet, including as part of the Saints’ state champion 4x400 relay.
Peyton Wade, Aurora Christian, Sr.
Maryland recruit who won the 1A high jump and 100 hurdles last season while also taking part in the 4x200 title. Also finished second in the 300 hurdles at Charleston.
Lauren Zick, Kaneland, Sr.
St. John’s softball recruit qualified for 2A state meet in the long jump and 4x400 while overcoming a burst cyst in her lower abdomen. Competed in five events at Prep Top Times, including as part of two relays.
– Kevin Druley, firstname.lastname@example.org