Marengo girls track takes third at Indoor Classic
Marengo’s Katie Adams took care of a little business before heading to Alabama for spring break with her family.
The Indians’ senior won the Class 2A 3,200 meters and was runner-up in the 1,600 to lead Marengo to third place as a team in the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center in Bloomington. The IHSA does not have indoor track, so the meet is regarded as the unofficial state indoor meet.
Marengo’s Allie Sprague was fourth in the 800 and Kitty Allen was sixth in the 3,200, giving the Indians 26 points and the third-place trophy. Adams outbattled Woodstock’s Maura Beattie in the 3,200 and grabbed the lead in the final 400 meters.
Adams won in 10:58.97, Beattie finished in 11:03.15.
“Oh, my goodness, it was a great day,” Marengo coach Brian Tveter said. “I’m so proud of them right now. Katie realized she had to go at that point and she was moving. Kitty ran really well, she dropped 35 seconds off her best time with 11:45.”
Adams was 2 seconds behind Normal University High’s Sidney Billingsley in the 1,600 meters. Billingsley did not run in the 3,200, so Adams knew her competitor was better rested.
“I was just going to run my race and see what my legs could handle,” Adams said. “I was tired and she caught me at the 200. I was happy because I still got a 5:08 and that’s my best double ever. I was really pleased with how it worked out.”
Adams narrowly missed on winning the Class 2A 1,600 and 3,200 at the IHSA girls track and field state meet last year and has that atop her list of goals for this season.
“To break 11 minutes in the 3,200 makes me excited for what’s going to happen outdoors,” Adams said. “My training is working and I’m planning on continuing to work hard. I feel really good about how today went. I knew Maura and I were going to have a good race. She took it out right away and set a good pace.”
Cary-Grove’s Faith Furio, Nicole Robins, Eva Burk and Morgan Schulz showed that despite losing all four members of their school-record setting 4x200 relay team to graduation, the Trojans might be very good in that event again. They ran 1:47.04 to take third.
“We can’t even … it was awesome,” Trojans coach Mark Anderson said. “It was a great race. We (coaches) are pretty darn lucky here. It was a good day.”
In Class 3A boys, McHenry’s Nate Richartz (pole vault) and Jesse Reiser (3,200) took third places. Richartz went 14-6 for third, while teammate Will Ford cleared 13-6 for eighth.
Marengo’s Mike Zaranski made 14-0 to take seventh in the Class 2A pole vault.
Crystal Lake South’s Duncan Henderson, David Lenzini, Drew Kopfman and Ian Meador were fifth in the 4x800 relay in 8:05.92, while Crystal Lake Central’s team was seventh in 8:07.58. Central’s Alex Baker took eighth in the 1,600.
Prairie Ridge 4, Palatine 0: At Crystal Lake, left-hander Mike Reitcheck allowed one hit, struck out 10 and walked one over six innings as the Wolves (1-0) won their opener over the Pirates at Lippold Park.
Prairie Ridge coach Glen Pecoraro was so desperate for a game that he invited Palatine coach Paul Belo, Pecoraro’s college roommate, to play on the synthetic turf infield at Lippold Park.
Sophomore catcher Dustin Thelander was 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Wolves. Austin Covers was 3 for 3 with two doubles and scored a run.
Pecoraro was impressed with Reitcheck, who will pitch at NCAA DIvision I Pennsylvania next year.
“Mike was the best I’ve ever seen him,” Pecoraro said. “His control was outstanding. He was throwing on both sides of the plate and changing speeds. He was really good today. We have high expectations for him.”
Thornton Fractional S. 13, Johnsburg 12: At Jacksonville, Collin Ridout was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, but the Skyhawks (1-1) lost to the Rebels. Cam Adams, Alec Graef and Nic DeSalvo each had two hits for the Skyhawks, who did not help themselves with six errors.
Morris 7, Johnsburg 2: At Jacksonville, the Skyhawks (1-2) fell to the Redskins in their second game of the day. Adams drove in Johnsburg’s lone run and Ridout allowed two earned runs over 52/3 innings.
Huntley 1, Palatine 0: At Palatine, Taylor Hilbrant scored her first career goal for the Red Raiders (1-0) on an Abigail Nordeen assist in their nonconference win.
Hersey Tournament: At Arlington Heights, McHenry’s No. 3 singles Shannon Murray and No. 4 doubles Courtney Marquardt and Christina Lim each went 1-5 for the Warriors on the day.
• Joe Stevenson and Andrew Hansen contributed to this report.