Track Insider: R-B's Kaht, Woodstock's Beattie athletes of week

Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Week

James Kaht

Richmond-Burton, Senior

Kaht had a hand in 20 of the Rockets’ 28 points in the Big Northern Conference Meet at Byron on Thursday.

Kaht won the 1,600 meters in 4:31.27 and led off the 4x800 relay team with Ryan Garrett, Ben Gardner and Greg Arther. That foursome ran 8:07.22 to win that race.

Kaht, last year’s Class 2A runner-up in the 1,600 at state, will run next year at NCAA Division II Lewis University in Romeoville.

Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Week

Maura Beattie

Woodstock, Senior

Beattie won the 3,200 meters and also ran a leg on the Blue Streaks’ winning 4x800 relay team Thursday at the Class 2A Woodstock Sectional.

Beattie, the defending Class 2A 3,200 state champion, ran 10:50.74 to win the 3,200, which was faster than her winning time at last year’s state meet.

Woodstock’s 4x800 team of Beattie, Lacey Heaver, Kate Jacobs and Grace Beattie ran 9:32.46 to win that race. Maura Beattie will run at D-I Central Michigan next year.


C-G dominance: Cary-Grove won track and field’s triple crown – the McHenry County Meet, Fox Valley Conference Meet and Class 3A Sectional – for the fifth time in six years on Thursday at DeKalb. The Trojans scored 127 points, Huntley was second with 62.

C-G has six consecutive county and FVC titles, with only Belvidere North breaking up the streak at last year’s Belvidere North Sectional.

The Trojans were outstanding on the track, but put up huge numbers in the field. Throwers Nikki Freeman and Olivia Roehri finished 1-2 in shot put and 1-3 in the discus. Delaney Perrone and Maggie Cherveny were 2-3 in the triple jump and Erika Sternard and Nicole Robins were 1-2 in the high jump.

In all, C-G had 13 state-qualifying entries.

“This may be the most amazing sectional performance from our teams that I’ve seen,” Trojans coach Mark Anderson said.

Big throws: Freeman and Roehri both notched personal-record throws in the shot put. Roehri did it on her first throw with 37-9 1/2 to take the lead. Freeman did it in the finals with 38-3 1/2 to beat her teammate.

“I just thought, ‘Wow!’,” Freeman said. “It’s absolutely crazy. Unreal. It was awesome.”

Freeman’s previous best was 36-1, Roehri’s was 35-11.

Lyman hits best: Huntley junior Delaney Lyman already had qualified for state in the pole vault after she cleared 10-6 in the DeKalb Sectional Thursday.

Lyman went on to hit 11-0, her career-best and finished second to Crystal Lake Central’s Claire Dalman.

Gators come up big: Crystal Lake South’s Kianna Clark finished third behind Freeman and Roehri in the shot put, but her 37-8 1/2 throw on her final attempt made the qualifying standard by one half-inch.

A few minutes before, Clark had qualified with Gaby DeJesus, Kathleen Pencak and Taylor Schau in the 4x100, which the Gators won in 50.14.

“All I was thinking was about throwing the distance,” Clark said. “I was about 5 inches away in the preliminaries. I just cranked that last throw out. I couldn’t be more happy.”

Schau also qualified in two events when she finished second in the 300 low hurdles in 46.01. Last week she ran 45.99 to win the 300 hurdles at the FVC Meet.

The hard way: McHenry sophomore Katie Purich was headed to state with the Warriors’ 4x800 relay team, which qualified on time by running a 9:32.50. But Purich also made it in the 1,600 meters, although she did not score a point in that race.

Purich took seventh in the 1,600 in 5:12.64, which was less than the qualifying standard of 5:14.24.

One last run: Crystal Lake Central’s Celeste Madda has one more track meet for her career, the state meet next week. Madda will attend Iowa State next year, but does not plan on running track.

Madda won the 100 and 200 and anchored the Tigers’ 4x100 relay team, that placed second to qualify.

“I feel like I’ll do better with someone pushing me,” Madda said. “My 200 is probably my better race, I feel stronger in that.”

Celebration mode: Huntley senior Tina Driscoll will run at D-I Tennessee Tech next year and will cap her high school career by running in the Class 3A 400 meters and in the 4x400 relay. After taking second in the 4x400, Driscoll grinned at her teammates: “You know where I’m going? I’m going to Disney World!”

This Week’s Top Meets

Girls State Meet

Thursday through Saturday

Eastern Illinois University in Charleston

Boys Sectional Meets

Class 1A Oregon

Friday, May 23

Local teams competing: Alden-Hebron, Faith Lutheran.

Class 2A Grayslake Central

Friday, May 23

Local teams competing: Hampshire, Harvard, Johnsburg, Marengo, Marian Central, Richmond-Burton, Woodstock and Woodstock North.

Class 3A Huntley

Local teams competing: Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dundee-Crown, Huntley, McHenry and Prairie Ridge.

Class 3A Bartlett

Friday, May 23

Local team competing: Dundee-Crown.

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