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Perez had the momentum. When Flanagan set that record, she came to Peoria a week later and ran the Perez was peaking for state. Could she break the record? If so, would she get close to Photo By Michael Newman In the first half mile, it was evident that Kaylee Flanagan had ditched the plan that she had the week before to sit and wait during the first mile. Instead, she went back to the strategy that she was most comfortable with in pushing the pace and daring runners to go with her.
She passed the half mile in a blazing 2: As the quartet charged up the front straightaway, it was clear that these four runners would be the challengers for the state championship. The gap between the four and the rest of the race continued to grow as they approached the mile. Flanagan passed the mile in 5: Perez had the same time but just a step behind.
Fisher was one second back; Ackerman came by in 5: Lake Park had charged out to the lead like they had done during the season. All eyes, however, were on the lead truck and the 4 runners that were following. Perez made her first move. In the last two races, she would start her push at this point.
There were no effects from this now as her stride continued to push out the pace. Courtney Ackerman was staying close to Perez as were Fisher and Flanagan. But somehow, the Glenbard West junior was starting to extend her lead as the race headed back into the main part of the course. I was distracted by the lead that Perez was opening up as we headed to the two mile point. In my mind, I was wondering how fast she was going.
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Her foot hit the blue mat and my finger hit the split button on my watch. Photo by Michael Newman Not the words I used but you get the idea. Perez was on pace to break Courtney Ackerman was Emma Fisher was Kaylee Flanagan was at Here again, the focus was on the front. The stride on the diminutive Perez looked effortless but she was storming away from the competitors. Every spectator that she passed that had a stop watch going watched her pass then looked at their watch.
An excitement was engulfing the entire park as Perez was no longer racing her competitors but racing the clock and history. SAC Invitational in California. After that race she said that she did not realize that she was going that fast and was afraid that someone was going to catch her.
She never looked back.
This was the same case here. The noise kept getting louder as she made the turn down the final straightaway. Behind her, Emma Fisher had a solid lead in second place about 10 seconds ahead of Ackerman.
Flanagan was another 10 seconds behind. History was about to be made on this course. Forty years ago at this meet, Craig Virgin made history in setting the boys course record of There he stood right by the finish line waiting for Perez to cross the line and join this exclusive club. Eyes were all on her as she entered the last meters of the race.
As she approached the line, all eyes turned and watched the clock tick towards On the official results, it states But on that clock it said She shattered the record by 20 seconds.
The same record that Kayla Beattie set just two years ago and people said that it would be tough to break. Emma Fisher also crossed the line ahead of the record running Here is a look at each of the individual events and what you can look for on Friday and Saturday at the big blue oval.
Should be a great jumping competition with some great athletes in this event. He has been over 23 feet three times this year and the only jumper over The one flaw on Harris is that he fouled out at his conference meet and fouled on his first two attempts at Prospect before he hit it. He will need to have his steps down this weekend. Filip placed in this event last year with a fifth place finish.
He will look to go higher and longer. Jegede is in his first big meet, but is a big meet performer.
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This is a fascinating event to analyze. It could even better in person this weekend. He has gone from 44 feet at the beginning of April to the that he jumped in sectionals. This junior could be tough to beat. The senior has stepped up in a big way for the Tigers jumping A deep event with so much potential. Yet, the potential for some great jumps could happen on Saturday with the high quality in this event. So far this year, he jumped at an invitational at Darien. Spejcher jumped two weeks ago and is ready to go higher on Saturday.
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It was a great competition in March. It should be great between the two this weekend. Last week at St. Charles, he cleared for the first time. He is entering this event with a big confidence boost, He could be the big surprise in this event. Other jumpers that may threaten this trio include Oshay Hodges North, St.
It would be fun to see these guys go over for the win. This year, the Pole Vault in this class has produced 10 vaulters over 15 feet which is quite amazing for Illinois. This will make this event fun to watch on Saturday.
Nick Sgarbossa York, Elmhurst Ill is the only vaulter to go over 16 feet this spring. He has been over 15 feet four times this year with one slip up, a fourth place finish at the DuPage County Meet. He will need to be on his game this weekend. He was the overwhelming favorite at the IPTT Indoor Classic, yet he finished fourth in what he called a bit of over confidence.
Gordon went over 16 feet twice indoors, and he is undefeated outdoors going over 15 feet at every major invitational. He is primed to go higher this weekend.
Luke Winder Central, Plainfield Ill may be the surprise of them all. Coming from a great vaulting family, this sophomore may be the best of all his brothers. Last week at the Naperville North Sectional, he cleared for the first time. He is on a hot streak that may continue on Saturday. This event is loaded. It will take at least 16 feet or higher to win this event. And we may have more than one vaulter over that height. It started at the beginning of March where he went 60 feet and it just grew from there.
He did not have his best performance at sectionals It makes him a huge favorite. Freeman cannot afford to keep his guard down this weekend. Balmes best this year is three weeks ago. Riley Kittridge Waubonsie Valley, Aurora Ill has improved seven feet at the beginning of the outdoor season.
He could go farther this weekend. This perhaps could be the most wide open field event in 3A. His best invitational performance was last week at his sectional meet at Hononegah. Freeman could push Lombardino to the limit. He could be a big surprise this weekend. He could surprise like Leonard on Saturday. Paul Golen York, Elmhurst Ill threw at his conference meet two weeks ago. He could be part of the championship discussion here.
Mouths dropped after seeing the results of the Loyola Sectional results last Thursday. Let the fun begin on Friday. We could see some more major drops in this event. New Trier had the fastest time in that Loyola meet and could go lower this weekend.
Of course they have cross country champ Leland Later anchoring them, but watch for Peter Cotsirlos, a sophomore, that could drop his split into then 1: Niles North could be the team to beat.
The Vikings were only two tenths behind New Trier. They have a strong quartet led by Aron Sebhat. It could go close to 7: Will this team step up this weekend?
They have the talent to contend led by David Timlin, but in the big relays that they have been in during this season, they have fallen a little short with their best finish being second at Prospect. They could surprise this weekend. Prospect was part of that fast Loyola Sectional. With their quartet only in this event and their past history at state, do not discount the Knights.
Defending champion Minooka is back and could be part of the final top 3 on Saturday led by Dan Popek. It should take 7: The schools from down south should control this event, but it may be two schools near Chicago that could pull the big surprise.
Belleville West always steps up in this event when state meet time comes around. Last year, they won running Last week at sectionals, the Maroons ran Both schools will go faster this weekend. The Huskies dropped under 42 seconds two weeks ago at their conference meet using an all underclassmen lineup. They will use the same quartet this weekend and could go lower.
Dunbar is the surprise of the 3A sprint scene. They made a one second drop from the Chicago Public League Meet and their sectional. You cannot dismiss this team. Do not surprised if it takes The common theory when the weather gets hot about this event is that it will be a tactical race.