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Prep Roundup: Aurora Christian girls track strong at sectional

LISLE – The Aurora Christian girls track team cruised to a team title at Friday's Class 1A Lisle Sectional behind nine event victories, including all four relays.

The Eagles also produced seven individual state qualifiers to Thursday's state preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston with Peyton Wade winning the high jump (5-2) and 100 hurdles (15.64).

Rebecca Wert won the 800 in 2:28.78 and also qualified in the 1,600.

Class 2A and 3A preliminaries are Friday, with the three-class finals set for May 24.

Class 2A Freeport Sectional: Kaneland (100 points) edged Sycamore (98) for the team title, producing 10 total state-qualifying entries.

Christina Belach won the pole vault (10-3), Elle Tattoni won the shot put (37-8) and Nicole Sreenan took the 100 meters (12.55). The Knights also captured relay titles in the 4x100 and 4x400 and qualified their 4x200, as well.

The Knights' 4x800 missed a qualifying berth amid a controversial timing decision. Issues stemming from a delay due to power troubles with the fully-automated timing equipment meant two teams – including Kaneland – did not advance despite running under state qualifying time.

Knights coach Doug Ecker said the case was not appealable per an IHSA rule stating if an FAT system is down for any reason, only the top two finishers in a race advance.

"Unfortunately, that's just the way that it is," Ecker said.

Burlington Central had three qualifiers, including champions Bryce Weinrich (100 hurdles, 16.01) and Jasmine Castillo (300 hurdles, 46.91).

Class 2A Plano Sectional: Rosary earned the team title while qualifying all four relays to the state preliminaries, including the champion 4x800 and 4x400 groups.

Four Royals individuals advanced, as well, including 300 hurdles winner Abby Hammer (47.75).

Aurora Central Catholic's Karina Liz advanced in two events, winning the 800 (2:13.89) and 400 (58.86).

Class 2A Glenbard South Sectional: At Glen Ellyn, St. Francis qualified its 4x200 relay to the state preliminaries along with freshmen individuals Molly McCarthy (high jump) and Amanda Peterson (100).


St. Francis 2, Glenbard West 0 (25-20, 25-23): At Wheaton, St. Charles resident Robert Smith had 27 assists to fuel a balanced St. Francis offense that included Joe Denny (11 kills) and Greg Churney (nine).

The 28-5 Spartans, seeded third in the upcoming Hinsdale Central Sectional, topped the second-seeded Hilltoppers.

"It was a good preview. It was a great showdown. Packed place," Spartans coach Mike Lynch said.

"The kids were definitely focused tonight. Got the job done."


IHSA state tournament: At Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Geneva's doubles team of Cara Birschbach and Nila Kannankeril went 3-2, losing to a pairing from Neuqua Valley in three games in a fourth-round consolation match. Birschbach and Kannankeril also lost in three games to Thornton Fractional South in the second round.

The Vikings other qualifying doubles team of Elena Kelly and Halle Marten lost both its matches. Singles player Melanie Burkhardt was 1-2 after opening the day with a victory against Lincoln-Way Central.


Metea Valley Sectional: At Aurora, St. Charles North suffered a season-ending, 11-4, loss to Naperville North in a sectional semifinal. The North Stars (18-8) trailed the one-loss Huskies, 9-2, at halftime.

North scored with four seconds remaining to defeat Hinsdale Central, 13-12, in Thursday's quarterfinal.

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