Batavia completes girls track Triple Crown

  • Batavia's Bridget Kosky takes her turn in the long jump.

      Batavia's Bridget Kosky takes her turn in the long jump. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva's Brooke Lussnig competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Geneva's Brooke Lussnig competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard West's Carina Cudzilo competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Glenbard West's Carina Cudzilo competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard East's Robin Lenoir competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Glenbard East's Robin Lenoir competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Charlotte Monroe competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      York's Charlotte Monroe competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard West's Ally Stortz competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Glenbard West's Ally Stortz competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton North's Taliyah Sims competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Wheaton North's Taliyah Sims competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East's Katie Kempff competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      St. Charles East's Katie Kempff competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Park's Martina Latoria competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Lake Park's Martina Latoria competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard East's Keeli Dunaway competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional Thursday.

      Glenbard East's Keeli Dunaway competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional Thursday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Park's Nicole Motyka competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Lake Park's Nicole Motyka competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Addison Trail's Angelina Camachi competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Addison Trail's Angelina Camachi competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Morgan Turner competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Willowbrook's Morgan Turner competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard East's Keri Hrouda competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Glenbard East's Keri Hrouda competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Ava Glabus competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      York's Ava Glabus competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva's Kendall Young competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Geneva's Kendall Young competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Ella Brown-Chase competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      St. Charles North's Ella Brown-Chase competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Meghann Hartmann competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Batavia's Meghann Hartmann competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East's Katie Kempff competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional Thursday in Roselle. Kempff qualified for state in three jumping events.

      St. Charles East's Katie Kempff competes in the high jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional Thursday in Roselle. Kempff qualified for state in three jumping events. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • York's Elaine Paul competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      York's Elaine Paul competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton North's Kaelin Leishman competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Wheaton North's Kaelin Leishman competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton North's Reagan Schaefer competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Wheaton North's Reagan Schaefer competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Samantha Nepras competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Samantha Nepras competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard North's Taylor Finke competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Glenbard North's Taylor Finke competes in the long jump during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard West's Nina Wintermute competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Glenbard West's Nina Wintermute competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Megan Schulhof competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Batavia's Megan Schulhof competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Maya Kalombo competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Maya Kalombo competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East's Emma Smith competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      St. Charles East's Emma Smith competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Park's Julia Smith competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Lake Park's Julia Smith competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Jocelyn Kane competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      St. Charles North's Jocelyn Kane competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Alexis Smith competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Wheaton Warrenville South's Alexis Smith competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Lilly Newkirk competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      Batavia's Lilly Newkirk competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East's Mary Ramirez competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle.

      St. Charles East's Mary Ramirez competes in the discus throw during the Class 3A Lake Park sectional girls track Thursday May 12, 2022 in Roselle. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
By Kevin McGavin
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 5/12/2022 11:04 PM

Katrina Schlenker sped down her final straightaway at a Class 3A girls track and field sectional with utter abandon.

The Batavia senior standout was given the symbolic honor of icing the Bulldogs' perfect season.

 

Schlenker, runner-up in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, anchored the Lake Park sectional-closing 4-minute, .81-second championship 1,600 relay for the Bulldogs.

Essie Newburn and Izzy Taylor ran legs not only on the final relay but also the other quartet's victories at 400 and 800 meters for Batavia.

Sophomore twins Maddie and Mariah Wilson were also members of a state-qualifying relay for the Bulldogs Thursday night at the Lancers' East Campus.

With its 109-73 victory over St. Charles East, which had victories in the 3,200 relay as well as Natalie Grimaldo claiming the 300 hurdles, not to mention a surprise triumph by Mary Ramirez in the discus, Batavia completed the Triple Crown of team titles -- Kane County, the DuKane Conference and the lone state preliminary in Medinah.

"Our (three) sprint relays are all top 10 in the state," Newburn said of her decision to focus on the relays. "I had to be a part of that."

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For the runner-up Saints, who had to settle for such a distinction for a third straight week, do-it-all senior jumper Katie Kempff qualified in both horizontal jumps after electing to step aside in the high jump after another mandatory state berth at 5 feet, 3 inches.

"I had to manage my time," Kempff said.

The decision opened the door for reigning St. Charles North all-stater Natalie Buratczuk.

The Eastern Michigan recruit was on the cusp of being eliminated at 5-1.

"It was very nerve-wracking," Buratczuk said. "(But) I just pulled it together and popped over it."

Buratczuk then cleared 5-3 and 5-5 on consecutive attempts to defend her sectional championship.

Geneva recorded wins by freshman quarter-miler Bridget Hecker in the open 400 in 58.82 and Angela Romano, the senior shot put champion at a half-inch shy of 40 feet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

There were multiple double champions from the DuPage County contingent at Lake Park.

The Lancers' very own, Paulina Lucer, showcased her exceptional athleticism by winning the pole vault at 11-6 while also overcoming even more obstacles with a second title in the 100 hurdles.

The Lancers' Martina Latoria would have won two jumps' titles had Glenbard East senior Keeli Dunaway not spoiled her party.

West Chicago sophomore extraordinaire Kali Waller was unquestionably the fastest girl at the 16-team meet with her twin dusting of the fields at 100 and 200 meters.

"I still have a lot to do to be ready for state," Waller said.

York junior Brooke Berger ran a smoking-hot open metric half-mile after earlier helping the Dukes' 3,200 relay to the No. 1 seed in the state.

Glenbard West senior Audrey Allman and Glenbard North junior Grace Schager, both returning all-staters, won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs in 4:56.25 and 10:44.59.

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