Girls track: Prospect dominates own invitational

  • Batavia's Lauren Hunecke, left, and Prospect's Hailey Erickson are out in front in the 3,200-meter run at the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Hunecke won the race, while Erickson was second.

      Batavia's Lauren Hunecke, left, and Prospect's Hailey Erickson are out in front in the 3,200-meter run at the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Hunecke won the race, while Erickson was second. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Brooke Husby wins the 100-meter high hurdles during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Barrington's Brooke Husby wins the 100-meter high hurdles during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Grace Cavin clears the high jump bar during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Grace Cavin clears the high jump bar during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Nicole Dudek competes in shot put during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Nicole Dudek competes in shot put during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central's Julia Reglewski competes in shot put during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Grayslake Central's Julia Reglewski competes in shot put during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Lauren Hunecke competes in the 3,200-meter run during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Batavia's Lauren Hunecke competes in the 3,200-meter run during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Brooke Husby, second from right, winner of the 100-meter high hurdles, is ahead of Grayslake Central's Mia Morello, center, during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Barrington's Brooke Husby, second from right, winner of the 100-meter high hurdles, is ahead of Grayslake Central's Mia Morello, center, during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Gabby Quaranta lands while competing in long jump during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Barrington's Gabby Quaranta lands while competing in long jump during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Kendall Origer competes in long jump during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Barrington's Kendall Origer competes in long jump during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Celia Huelskoetter competes in long jump during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Celia Huelskoetter competes in long jump during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Prospect's Reese Cory competes in high jump during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Prospect's Reese Cory competes in high jump during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central anchor Bella Domier has taken the baton from Caroline Kokkin as the Rams head toward a first-place finish in the 3,200-meter relay during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Grayslake Central anchor Bella Domier has taken the baton from Caroline Kokkin as the Rams head toward a first-place finish in the 3,200-meter relay during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Prospect anchor Annika Erickson heads toward the finish line in the 3,200-meter relay during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday.

      Prospect anchor Annika Erickson heads toward the finish line in the 3,200-meter relay during the Prospect girls track invitational in Mount Prospect Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By John Bumbales
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 5/1/2021 5:32 PM

After nearly an 18-month hiatus from competition, the 2021 girls track season kicked into high gear Saturday at the Prospect Invitational.

And with many individuals contributing to the cause, the host Knights rolled to the championship of the powerful 10-team meet with 116 points to easily outdistance runner-up New Trier with 89.5 points.

 

The battle for the third-place trophy really turned out to be a dogfight. But in the end it was Wheaton-Warrenville South holding off Barrington by a narrow 83.5 to 82 margin to earn the hardware.

There was also a logjam of teams battling it out for fifth place as Glenbrook South (79 points) edged sixth-place Batavia (77.5 points), and seventh-place Grayslake Central with 77 points.

Prospect's Daria Tersina sprinted her way to first place in the 100-meter dash in 12.4 seconds while posting a winning time of 25.38 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

The Knights' team of Elena Barbaric, Audrey Ginsberg, Hailey Erickson, and Cameron Kalloway closed out the competition by rolling to first place in the 1,600-meter relay. Erickson also was second in the 3,200 run.

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"The goal this year is to just give these kids a chance to compete after losing the season last year," said Prospect coach Peter Wintermute. "I couldn't be more proud of the work they put in, and they've waited a year and a half for this moment."

Wheaton-Warrenville South made a late surge in the meet to capture third place as the Tigers got a second from Sam Poglitsch at 800 meters, and a second in the 400-meter relay.

"With three or four events to go we were in seventh," said Tigers' coach Rob Harvey. "This is a loaded meet with storied programs, and Pete puts together a great meet."

Barrington's Bre Dunn won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.98 while teammate Brooke Husby won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.43.

"I thought this was an awesome meet for everybody to see all the talent on the track and in the field," said Barrington coach Jody Gitelis. "I told our girls they can be a student of the sport and learn from watching this competition."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Glenbrook South's Sydney Willits was the long jump and triple jump champion while Batavia's Meghann Hartmann was the high jump champ. Batavia also got a first from Lauren Hunecke at 3,200 meters.

The GBS team of Willits, Abby Milott, Daphne Gerber, and Hayden Nelson won the 400-meter relay while the team of Willits, Gerber, Nelson, and Des Roberts won the 800-meter relay.

"(Willits) won four events so she was part of contributing 40 points to the team just by herself," said Glenbrook South coach Danny Zapler. "We had a lot of contributors, and it's always amazing when you can win two of the sprint relays."

Grayslake Central's Julia Reglewski took the title in both the shot put (14.51), and the discus throw (41.87). The Rams' team of Bryn Sato, Sophia Witt, Caroline Kokkin, and Bella Domier placed first in the 3,200-meter relay. Junior Mia Morello also placed first for the Rams in the pole vault with a winning vault of 11-feet-6 inches.

"Julia is No. 1 in the state right now in the shot and the disc and she is looking phenomenal," said Grayslake Central coach Shawn Murphy. "There are no seniors on the (3,200) relay team so we think if we can drop some time we'll see if we can get downstate this year."

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