Morgan Schulz carries C-G girls at county track meet

HUNTLEY – Cary-Grove’s Morgan Schulz could not catch Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen in the 800 meters, but neither could anyone else in the history of the McHenry County Girls Track and Field Meet.

Still, Schulz pulled off something that was challenging, splendid and practically insane.

The Trojans’ junior anchored the winning 4x200 relay team after the 800, then set a meet record in the 300 low hurdles two races after that, then came back to win the 200 two races after that.

“I’ve seen some of our girls do some pretty cool things in the last few years,” C-G coach Mark Anderson said. “But Morgan doing this is pretty impressive.”

Schulz had a hand in 38 points as the Trojans won their sixth consecutive county team title with 166 points. Huntley had 111 for second.

Van Vlierbergen (2:12.02) and Schulz (2:14.42) both broke the old 800 record – 2:19.24 by Crystal Lake South’s Marianne Collard in 2011 – in a blazing race. Schulz then ran 44.66 to break C-G’s Kathie Wollney’s meet record of 45.34 in 2012.

Crystal Lake South’s Gaby DeJesus, Kianna Clark, Kathleen Pencak and Taylor Schau ran 50.7 to break the 4x100 record and Crystal Lake Central’s Celeste Madda ran 12.40 to successfully defend her title in the 100 meters. Madda ran 12.38 in Thursday’s semifinals, which stands as the meet record.

Schulz came up with the idea to tackle two of track’s toughest races – the 800 and 300 hurdles – after a strong cross country season.

“I had a good endurance buildup after cross country,” said Schulz, a junior. “It’s a good race for the combination of speed and endurance. It’s so tough, but I love it. I was a little tired for the 300 hurdles, but I wanted to go out and get a good lead. Mainly I wanted to [have a personal record] and get better.”

Van Vlierbergen, a junior, had broken 5:00 twice in the 1,600, but was not able to reach that time Friday. She still had the 800 record though.

“I was kind of worried because I know Morgan has so much leg speed,” Van Vlierbergen said. “It was a pretty good night. I didn’t know how I’d react doing both the 800 and 1,600 for the first time outdoors.”

Huntley’s Macy Tramblay was another star of the meet, taking first in the triple jump on Thursday and first in the 100 high hurdles on Friday. Tramblay’s 14.97 was her first time breaking 15 seconds.

“I’ve worked on smaller things, like mechanics and keeping my arms in,” the Red Raiders junior said. “And I’m trying to focus more on my own race and not watch what’s going on around me.”

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