PHOTOS: Five girls track athletes to watch this season
Crystal Lake South, sr.
Ciezadlo won the 200 meters at the McHenry County Meet and the Fox Valley Conference Meet. She took second in the FVC 100 to Woodstock’s Brianna Verbeeck, who now runs in the Kishwaukee River Conference. Ciezadlo will run at NCAA Division III Carthage College.
Gleason gives the Trojans some versatility with jumps and hurdles, although her best event is high jump. She won the McHenry County Meet high jump title and has qualified for Class 3A state twice in that event. She made the finals last year and made 5-5, but finished two spots out of a medal at 11th.
Heidtke turned in a standout freshman season as she consistently knocked off time in the 300 low hurdles. She won the McHenry County Meet (in a time that was faster than the state-qualifying standard) and won the FVC 300 hurdles in 46.63, then ran 45.49 at the Class 2A Antioch Sectional. But she suffered a broken foot in practice and could not run at state.
Prairie Ridge, jr.
Schaffer had a breakout sophomore season that culminated with her taking seventh in the Class 3A triple jump (37-93/4) at the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet. She set the McHenry County Meet record and jumped her career-best (38-6) to win the Huntley Sectional. Schaffer recently took fourth in the Class 3A triple jump at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic and will be tough to beat this spring in the triple and long jumps.
Uidl cleared 12-0 in the pole vault last year and made 11-3 to take sixth in Class 2A at the state meet. She had a solid indoor season and made 11-9 at the Illinois Prep Top Times Indoor Classic to take third in Class 2A.
– Joe Stevenson