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Ellis' winning hue: A second coat of blue

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Warren's Brittny Ellis wins the 400-meter dash in the Class 3A girls track and field state finals at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Libertyville's Nicole Jaffke watches the bar stay on the standards in the pole vault Saturday at the Class 3A girls track and field state finals in Charleston.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

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She blended nearly as perfectly as she ran. All dressed in blue on the O'Brien Stadium blue, under a blue sky, with blue bleachers above, Warren Blue Devil Brittny Ellis dominated in her Year Two at EIU. "Last year was just totally new for me," the speedy sophomore said. "I didn't know what was going on. "But now," she added, smiling, "I feel like I belong here." So true, girl in blue. Her feats may have been new to the IHSA track world last spring, but what Ellis does on a track is getting old, yet no less exhilarating. She won the Class 3A 400-meter dash for the second year in a row Saturday, successfully defending her title by burning off a 54.34 to edge the equally amazing Cameron Pettigrew. The Chicago Payton star sped to a time of 54.84.
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    • Warren’s Brittny Ellis wins the 400-meter dash in the Class 3A girls track and field state finals at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
    • Libertyville’s Nicole Jaffke watches the bar stay on the standards in the pole vault Saturday at the Class 3A girls track and field state finals in Charleston.
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