Girls track and field: Vernon Hills wins CSL North title
Senior Hannah Ray won the 3,200-meter run, freshman Emma Wakefield captured the 1,600, and host Vernon Hills finished first in a pair of relays to win the Central Suburban League North Division girls track and field meet Friday night.
The Cougars finished with 142 points to outdistance runner-up Highland Park (124).
Vernon Hills took the 3,200 relay in 10:22.15 and the 1,600 relay in 4:19.01. Ray ran 11:55.84 in the 3,200, while Wakefield captured the 1,600 in 5:25.14.
Junior Emily Kim produced second-place finishes in the long jump (17-0.5) and 200 dash (26.57). Vernon Hills also received runner-up performances from sophomore Julia Lee in the high jump (tie, 4-9), freshman Erica Bunning in the pole vault (9-3), sophomore Taylor Proft in the discus (105-5) and Emily Spytek in the 400 (1:01.57). The Cougars' 400 relay also took second.
NLCC meet: On Thursday, Grant boasted six first-place efforts and set four meet records in capturing the Northern Lake County Conference championship for the third year in a row.
Bulldogs junior Drue Polka led the way, winning the 100-meter high hurdles (15.52) and 300 low hurdles (47.47) in meet-record times. Freshman Aly Negovetich won the 1,600 run in a meet-record 5:11.10, and the 400 relay with Tiara Stitts, Bailey Moran, Alya Rangel and Allie Johnson clocked a meet-record 50.86. Grant totaled 157.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Grayslake Central (119). Grayslake North (87), Lakes (74) and Antioch (71) rounded out the top five.
Grant also received winning efforts from freshman Laura Bishop in the 3,200 (11:49.35) and its 800 relay team (1:49.96) of Stitts, Lexi Georgia, Payton Green and Johnson. Moran (400), Johnson (200) and Tylee Lewis (triple jump) produced runner-up finishes, as did the Bulldogs' 1,600 relay team of Georgia, Taylor Bushman, Lewis and Negovetich.
Antioch's Ayanna Tommy won the 100 (12.32) and 200 (26.00) dashes. Her 100 time broke her own school record.
Lakes' Brooke Stromsland finished first in the 800 with a personal-record time of 2:19.63. The Eagles' 3,200 relay of Rae Dwyer, Alex Bryant, Stromsland and anchor Olivia Schmitt cruised, winning in a meet-record 9:51.98. Schmitt sped to a winning time of 59.20 in the 400, edging Moran. Lakes also won the 1,600 relay (4:13.19).
Grayslake Central got field-event wins from freshman Mia Morello (long jump, 17-0.5), Meghan Fletcher (triple jump, 34-7.5) and Julia Reglewski (discus, 120-6).
Wauconda's Grace Daun high-jumped a winning 5-9, Lakes' Noelle Jones captured the pole vault (10-3) and Antioch's Tiana Fox won the shot put (38-3).