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It's Palatine in the West, and Prospect in East

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By Michael Eaken
Daily Herald Correspondent

Palatine sophomore Kelly O'Brien gave the Pirates'girls track team a huge lift on Tuesday.

O'Brien took first in the 800 meters (2:19.06) and the 400 (1:00.08) in leading the Pirates to the Mid-Suburban West divisional title at Fremd.

Palatine won seven events and finished with 150 points, followed by Barrington (131), Hoffman Estates (105), host Fremd (85), Conant (50) and Schaumburg (33).

O'Brien held off Schaumburg junior Erin Falsey (2:19.98) in the 800, with Pirates senior Liz Cox taking third (2:20.22).

Then O'Brien won the 400, with Fremd sophomore Nora Finnegan (1;00.29) taking second.

Junior Amy Kieliszewski (11:31.56) and senior Jessica Lincoln (11:40.02) gave Palatine a 1-2 finish in the 3,200.

Also aiding the Pirates' drive was junior Basirat Iginla, who won the 100 (13.05), and junior Caitlin Riedy winning the 300 low hurdles (47.73). Junior duo Megan Thabuteau (34-05.5) and Gabbi Heidrich (34-05) went 1-2 for Palatine in the triple jump.

The Pirates also won in the 400 relay (50.38).

Barrington hung tough by taking first in five events, including both the 800 relay (1:45.68) and the 1,600 relay (4:03.55).

Anna Cossio, Kelsey Mclaurin, Lauren Cropsey, and Addi Coy combined to give the Fillies the 1,600 relay victory in an impressive time. Cossio also took first in the high jump (5-01).

Nina Hodges, who helped pace the Fillies' 800 relay, added a first place finish in the 200 (26.28), with senior McCall Braun adding a victory in the long jump (16-11.25).

Senior Banke Oginni gave Hoffman Estates a boost in winning both shot put (43-06) and discus (130-0).

Ayako Higuchi, Lauren Ciardiello, Nora Finnegan, and Katie Escobar combined to lead host Fremd to the victory in the 3,200 relay (9:21.63)

Higuchi (5:07.72) then came back to hold off Hoffman Estates' Meagan Biddle (5:10.75) and Solome Haile (5:13.30) in the 1,600.

Senior Alaina McCaffrey added a win for the Vikings in the pole vault (9-0).

Conant senior Tracy Iroegbulem gave the Cougars a victory in the 100 high hurdles (15.82).

Prospect wins East: Prospect won 13 events en route to the Mid-Suburban East divisional title at Elk Grove.

The Knights finished with 185 points, followed by Wheeling (163), Hersey (104), Rolling Meadows (45), Buffalo Grove (29), and host Elk Grove (20).

Christina Santiago, Maya Mason, Catherine Sherwood, and Erin Reese led the Knights' effort with two win apiece.

Santiago set the tone with her impressive victory in the 800 (2:16.6); she came back to take first in the 1,600 (5:08.6).

Mason gave the Knights a boost by taking first in the 100 high hurdles (16.1), and added another win in the 200 (26.4).

Prospect took first in five of the six field events, led by Catherine Sherwood's triumphs in the long jump (16-05) and triple jump (33-01). Erin Reese added to Prospect's field fun by winning shot put (39-02.5) and discus (135-08).

Jes Skudlarek added a first-place finish for the Knights in the high jump (5-02) and Aileen White took first in the 3,200 (12:01.5).

Prospect also won three relays, including the 400 relay (50.5), 800 relay (1:48.8), and 3,200 relay (9:59.6).

Alexa Laureano pushed Wheeling's attack with a win in the 100 (12.60), with Elizabeth Smith (49.9) and Jacky Guerrero (50.7) going 1-2 for the Wildcats in the 300 low hurdles.

Kelly Hill gave Hersey a victory in the pole vault (10-6) and Rebecca Rabs gave Buffalo Grove a win in the 400 (1:01.8).

Rolling Meadows (4:15.90) nipped Wheeling (4:16.9) for top honors in the 1,600 relay.

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