CHARLESTON -- Aurora Christin proved on Saturday that a track and field state championship can be earned with the same number of contributors as a basketball team.
One year after finishing third in the girls Class 1A state finals, the Eagles' five athletes to make the final day made the most of their skills.
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Tied with Tremont with two events remaining, Natasha Brown essentially secured the first team state title in any girls sport at the school with her victory in the 200-meter dash at 25.37 seconds.
The 4-point differential with the Brown triumph enabled Aurora Christian to post 49 points Saturday afternoon at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
Neither team qualified a quartet for the 1,600 relay, meaning the Eagles secured the championship by 4 points over Tremont.
"I just decided that I was going to go out there and give everything that I had," Brown said. "All the hard work has paid off."
Brown also teamed with Alyssa Anderson, Meghan Hagerty and Hope Montalbo for a pair of runner-up finishes in the two sprint relays at 400 and 800 meters.
"They love competing together," Aurora Christian coach Anna McQuade said of the sprinters. "They made a few adjustments once they got here, and it was critical to the first-ever girls state championship."
The remaining 23 points scored by Aurora Christian came courtesy of Peyton Wade; the Maryland-bound senior did not defend any of her individual titles in the high jump or 100 hurdles.
But Wade, who has been slowed all spring by a hamstring injury, gutted out 23 points via second-place showings in the high jump (5 feet, 7 inches) and long jump (18-2.5).
Wade was also third in the short hurdles.
"I definitely could have done better," Wade said. "I couldn't train as hard as I wanted to."
Karina Liz became the fourth state champion in the history of Aurora Central Catholic girls track.
Exorcising her runner-up finish last year in the Class 2A 800, the Chargers' sophomore completed an undefeated season with the finest time of her brief career.
Liz turned a short lead at the gun lap into a runaway championship, running 2:10.73 to break the year-old state record in the middle-tier division.
"My mindset was that I had work this third 200 (split) because I knew people were going to get tired," said Liz, who ended up winning by more than five seconds. "When we got to the 300 mark, I knew I had to pick it up again. I knew that I have done everything I possibly could this season."
Kaneland freshman Nicole Sreenan was the Knights' workhorse in place of injury-addled senior stalwart Lauren Zick.
Sreenan was all-state in four events after placing third in the open 400 to augment an eighth-place showing in the 100.
The Knights' 400 and 1,600 relays also placed behind Sreenan.
"It hasn't really hit me yet that I have won all this," Sreenan said. "I still feel like I have to go to practice on Tuesday."
Rosary received all-state efforts from Sarah Nyaeme in the triple jump, Madison Ronzone in the 1,600 run and its 1,600 relay.