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Field day for Prospect at Hoffman Estates triangular

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By Michael Eaken
Daily Herald Correspondent

When it come to field events, Prospect sure knows how to excel.

Last year, the Knights scored 70 points in that category to earn their second consecutive Mid-Suburban League title.

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Tuesday night at Hoffman Estates, the Knights had to overcome the loss of some key performers in the field events,

Junior Catherine Sherwood, the defending MSL triple jump and long jump champion, and sophomore Jes Skudlarek, the defending high jump champion, took a break from their respective field events.

Senior Erin Reese, who hit a jaw dropping 150-0 in the discus last Friday at the Prospect relays, scratched on her four attempts.

But no worries, the Knights still got it done in the field.

They flexed their depth by edging the host Hawks 73-68 in a MSL triangular. Fremd took third with 45 points on a chilly evening.

Hoffman edged Prospect 46-44 on the track. Hawks senior Banke Oginni took first in the shot put (44-1) and discus (126-4), but Prospect showed its depth by outscoring Hoffman 29-22 in the field events.

Senior Heidi Eurich took first in the long jump (15-4.25), Maddy Kiepura added a first in the pole vault (8-6) and freshman Jillian Hennig took first in the triple jump (31-11) to lead the Knights to the victory.

Reese created an early-season buzz with her mark from Friday night. The Knights senior set a school record and is among the potential state contenders in the discus.

"It was crazy because I didn't even look that far when I threw it," said Reese, who broke the school record (139-10) which she'd ony set last Tuesday at Wheeling. "I really want to place at state, I'm hoping I can do a repeat at state."

The Dayton-bound senior has become a bit faster in the ring and also polished her technique. Now her main focus is on staying consistent.

Reese, who finished fifth in Class 3A in the shot put, took second in that event (41-4) on Tuesday.

"I'm looking to stay focused," said Reese.

Sophomore Maya Mason added victories for the Knights in the 100 high hurdles (15.4) and 400 (68.2).

Junior Hannah Getschmann (11:49.5), senior Christian Santiago (11:51.8), freshman Aileeen White (12:59.1), and senior Rachel (12:59.5) swept the top four spots in the 3,200.

Santiago came back to take first in the 800 (2:20.3) and Prospect took first in the 400 relay (51.2).

Senior Shayan Dussard gave Hoffman a lift by taking first in the 100 (13.1) and combining with Kaylan Williams, Brenda Regalado, and Edyta Kraweic for a first-place finish in the 800 relay (1:50.1).

"The 800 relay is coming together," said Dussard. "I'm working hard and looking to put it together at the right time."

Regalado added a victory in the 300 low hurdles (51.2), with Williams taking first in the 200 (28.0).

Solome Haile (5:33) and Elsabet Haile (5:33.1) went 1-2 in the 1,600 to help the Hawks sweep the top four spots. Hoffman also added a victory in the 3,200 relay.

Freshman Kaylan Bryk took first in the high jump (5-0) for Fremd, and junior Nora Finegan anchored the Vikings to a first-place finish in the 1,600 relay (4:18).

Junior Ayako Higuchi (2:22), Finegan (2:22.3) and Katie Escobar (2:24.5) went 2-3-4 for the Vikings in the 800.

"We got off smart and strong," said Finegan, "and we kicked it in at the end."

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