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Inside track
 and field

Athletes of the Week


Chris Alvarez

Crystal Lake Central, sr.

Alvarez anchored the Tigers’ 4x800-meter relay team Saturday with Garrett Davis, Alex Baker and Mark Talarico as they ran a 7:58.2 to win at the Buffalo Grove Invitational. That time is the fastest in the state this season, according to, a website that ranks track and field performances.

Alvarez also won the 800 at that meet with a 1:56.2, which is the fifth-fastest time in the state this spring.


Allie Sprague

Marengo, so.

Sprague set a pair of meet records Saturday at Marengo’s Ed Reeves Invitational to help the Indians take second place with 120 points.

Sprague won the 800 meters in 2:17.49 and came back to win the 1,600 in 5:12.69, both of which were meet records. She defeated Hampshire’s Cassie Kruse in the 800 and Woodstock’s Maura Beattie in the 1,600. Kruse and Beattie are two of the top Class 2A runners in the state, although Sprague now has to be considered in that class as well.


Adams out: Marengo girls coach Brian Tveter hopes to have distance standout Katie Adams back in action Friday at the McHenry County Track and Field Meet at Crystal Lake Central. Adams has been nagged by a tight left hip after she competed in the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic.

Tveter said Adams thinks the problem started when someone stepped on the back of her foot during a race, causing her to step awkwardly. She has experienced tightness in her hip and has rested her leg. The plan is for Adams to return Friday.

Tumbling helps: Richmond-Burton senior Talia Sheedlo took two individual firsts, a second and anchored the Rockets’ winning 4x100 relay at the Reeves Invitational. Sheedlo said her tumbling work as a cheerleader has helped her with running and jumping. R-B coach Keith Forth said it also has helped junior Jordan Eisenberg.

“Talia leads off the 4x100 and is just dynamite out of the blocks,” Forth said. “She eats everybody up at the start. I’m very proud of her, she’s a great competitor.”

R-B won the Reeves Invitational with 132 points.

Back-to-back: Hampshire coach Patti Nihells had her team run Friday night at Oswego East and again Saturday at Marengo. The Whip-Purs have meets scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.

“It’s another strong, hard workout,” Nihells said of the back-to-back meets. “It’s no different than the state meet. You have to run your butt off Friday just to get to Saturday.”

Most valuable: Jacobs’ Will Hennessy was named the Most Valuable Athlete on Friday night at Naperville North’s Gus Scott Invitational. Cary-Grove’s Sarah Ryan and Kathie Wollney shared the honor in the girls meet.

Hennessy won the 1,600 meters in 4:31.20 and anchored the Golden Eagles’ winning 4x400 relay and second-place 4x800 relay.

Ryan won the 100 and 200 and anchored the Trojans’ winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Wollney won the 100 high hurdles and 300 low hurdles and also ran on the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

This Week’s Top Meet

McHenry County
Track and Field Meet

4 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday

Crystal Lake Central’s
Owen Metcalf Field

All the county teams, both boys and girls, get together for this meet. The preliminary running events and field events will take place Thursday. Finals in all running events will start at 5 p.m. Friday.

– Joe Stevenson

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