Prep roundup: Beattie, Van Vlierbergen win titles at Illinois Prep Top Times

Woodstock’s Maura Beattie and Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen are definitely ready for the outdoor track and field season.

The two ended their indoor seasons on high notes Saturday at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic at Illinois Wesleyan’s Sherk Center. Beattie won the Class 2A 3,200 meters and Van Vlierbergen won the Class 3A 800 and took second in the 1,600. The Top Times meet is considered the unofficial indoor state meet.

Beattie won the Class 2A 3,200 in 10:49.44, which Woodstock boys track coach Matt McCulley said was the second-fastest Class 2A girls race in that meet, behind only her sister Kayla’s 10:14 in 2010.

“It went really well. I’m glad with that time, I just tried to stay consistent with my lap pace [at 40 seconds each 200-meter lap],” Beattie said. “I was focused on getting under 11:00. This lets me know my winter training paid off, and I’m in a good spot heading into the outdoors.”

Beattie won the Class 2A 3,200 at the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet last season, a title she will try to defend in May.

Van Vlierbergen set a Class 3A meet record with a 2:11.80 in the 800, winning by almost seven seconds. She then came back and ran 4:59.68 to take second in the 1,600.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting a 2:11, that’s really exciting,” Van Vlierbergen said. “It helped that it’s a 200-meter track and I could wear spikes. I just wanted to go out as fast as I could and see what happened. I wondered right up to the 1,600 if I was going to run it, but I thought I could handle it. That 4:59 was awesome.”

Marengo senior Allie Sprague took third in the Class 2A 800 meters and junior Kitty Allen was sixth in the 3,200. Hampshire’s Caitlin Graff, Elizabeth Evans, Natalia Stzuk Vel Stzukowski and Trish Dumoulin were third in the 4x400 relay and Elizabeth Pagan was fourth in the long jump.

McHenry’s Lauren Opatrny took sixth in the Class 3A 1,600.

In Class 2A boys, Marengo’s Jarrell Jackson took fourth in the 60 meters.

In Class 3A boys, Crystal Lake South’s David Lenzini was fourth in the 800, Crystal Lake Central’s Ryan Pitner was fourth in the 1,600 and Cary-Grove’s Ricky Hurley was fourth in the shop put. South’s Kyle Hedge was fifth in the shot put.


Alden-Hebron 2, Browntown 0: At Browntown, the Giants (1-2) played two games, picking up a win against hosts Brownstone and losing, 2-1, to Altamont.

Against Brownstone, Alec O’Halleran pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Giants. O’Halleran (1-0) gave up just two hits, while striking out five and walking no one. Cody Nelson went 2 for 4 with a run batted in and a run. 

In their second game, the Giants were held to just a run on three hits. John Judson took the lost after pitching 5⅓ innings, giving up only two hits and no earned runs. Nelson added the team’s lone RBI and Jasper Olivarez went 1 for 2 with a double and a run. 


Marengo 10, Beecher 5: At Sterling, the Indians played two games winning the against Beecher and falling to Sterling, 3-0.

Against Beecher, the Indians scored in every inning and Mariah Dionne got the win pitching five innings giving up three runs and striking out 11. Taylor Carlson, Gabbi Markison and Rebecca Schultz all had two RBIs in the game. 

Marengo managed just two hits against Sterling. Sterling scored all of their runs in the third inning. Jessica Turner and Dionne each had a hit for Marengo.


Cary-Grove 1, Batavia 1: At Roselle, the Trojans (0-2-1) tied Batavia at the Lake Park Invite.

Cary-Grove led 1-0 at half, but Batavia scored in second half to earn the tie. Emma Baker scored the lone goal for the Trojans, with Jenni Phillips adding an assist.

Joe Stevenson and Kevin Meyer contributed to this report.

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