Thumbs up to the state championship performances for area girls track and field athletes.
Track and field is known more for individual achievement than the team dynamic, but last weekend’s IHSA girls track and field state meet in Charleston reinforced that effective teamwork can lead to some of the sport’s most rewarding moments.
The St. Charles East girls track and field team won a pair of state championships on Saturday in the 4x400 relay and the 4x800 relay. Notre Dame recruit Jordan Shead was part of both relays, joined by twin sisters Allison Chmelik and Elizabeth Chmelik, as well as Casey McNichols, in the 4x400, and by Torree Scull, Anastatia Honea and Corrin Adams in the 4x800.
The relays’ excellence allowed St. Charles East to finish in third place as a team in the state’s largest class, one point behind nearby West Aurora, which took second.
Also on the team front, Aurora Christian – with a small but highly talented pack of athletes – took the Class 1A team state championship, while Aurora Central Catholic’s Karina Liz set a state record (2:10.73) with her victorious run in the Class 2A 800-meter run.
We commend the championship performances these girls turned in and hope to see more accolades for the area’s boys state qualifiers this weekend in Charleston.