Marmion looks to come unshackled from a few more injuries in the coming days, just in time for the May 9 boys Kane County meet at Streamwood's Millennium Field.
"The big thing is we try to have a good representation at the county meet," Cadets coach Dan Thorpe said. "That puts us running against all those 3A schools and gives us a great measuring stick."
Marmion, which has shifted back down to 2A for the postseason, gains confidence from its usual suspects. Tyler Maryanski, a returning state qualifier, already has cleared 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump – three inches better than the 2A qualifying standard.
Fellow senior Kevin Grahovec, another state veteran in the 800 meters, continues to work back from an internal injury Thorpe said is either an intestinal bug or a pulled muscle. Junior middle distance and distance runner Brady Bobbitt also is building stamina after an injury.
In the meantime, Grahovec's brother, Andrew, has provided needed depth.
Thorpe thinks the schedule may also offer a slight, built-in edge once the county meet rolls around. The Cadets compete in an invitational at Streamwood this weekend, giving them a first look at Millenium Field.
"Your high jumpers and your throwers, especially if they have a good day, they come back for that county meet confident," Thorpe said.
BC boys bow out at Peterson for now
Burlington Central boys coach Mike Schmidt estimates the Rockets have competed in Kaneland's Peterson Prep Invitational in 12 or 13 of his 19 seasons.
The ratio won't grow this year, and not because BC is dancing around the traditionally tough field. Athletes dancing, period, is the culprit. The school's prom conflicts with Saturday's meet.
"Hopefully in two years we'll be back in it when our prom gets moved again, but it's a great meet," Schmidt said.
Zick welcomes new running mate
Reading or hearing that Kaneland girls sprinters enjoyed a big week usually triggers details about senior Lauren Zick's latest triumphs.
While that rings true again this time, Knights freshman Nicole Sreenan gladly joined Zick's company, too.
Sreenan won the 100 (12.86) and 400 (58.69) at Tuesday's home dual against Yorkville, when Zick took individual titles in the long jump (17-7) and 200 (26.14).
Zick also helped Kaneland place third among five teams at its own Jenni's ABC Meet on Saturday, winning the 100 (13.06) and long jump (16-2).
IN THE GROOVE
Kaneland boys field athletes
What they did: While Kaneland threatens to score in every event, its field athletes were especially sharp en route to the Knights' runner-up finish at the Minooka Invitational on Saturday.
Ben Barnes was a double winner in the long jump (20 feet, 7.5 inches) and triple jump (41-7.25), while Nate Dyer took titles in the shot put (56-3.5) and discus (155-0). In addition, Dylan Kuipers cleared 14 feet to win the pole vault.
WHAT WE LEARNED LAST WEEK
Batavia's girls relays are rolling. The Bulldogs finished second in Saturday's Oswego East Invitational thanks in part to a few quality quartets. Batavia's 4x400-meter group of Hailey Plata, Alicia Grant, Audrey Jonke and Taylor Stieve finished first in 4:09.65. The 4x100 (49.98) and 4x800 (10:09.48) both were second.
WHAT WE'LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD
Which girls athletes and teams earn bragging rights at Friday's Kane County meet at Kaneland. St. Charles East returns much of the core from last season's runners-up, who challenged West Aurora to the end. Jordan Shead, Torree Scull and twins Allison and Elizabeth Chmelik are but a few Saints with strong experience. On the flip side, sophomores such as McKenzie Altmayer (Geneva) and Karina Liz (Aurora Central Catholic) are eager to build off promising 2013 debuts.
COACH SLY SEZ ...
Relays are the ultimate team events in track, so why not have a group that represents nearly the entire school, too?
That's what Rosary did at Saturday's girls meet at Oswego East. Senior Emily Bakala, junior Emily Martin and sophomores Shea Vero and Madison Ronzone collaborated to win the 4x800 and finish more than seven seconds faster than the next opponent.
Talk about putting things together.