Check out our five athletes to watch in girls track and field this season:
Daryn Davis, Huntley, jr.
Davis took sixth in the Class 3A triple jump at the IHSA Girls Track and Field State Meet as a freshman and made the finals last year but did not medal. She will be one of the area’s top high hurdlers and jumpers this season. She took seconds in the 100-meter high hurdles, long and triple jump in the Fox Valley Conference Meet last year.
Jenna Pauly, McHenry, sr.
Pauly matched Woodstock’s Laura Valldeparas’ 1996 performance at last year's FVC Meet by winning four individual events to score 40 points. Pauly went on to take fourth in the 3A high jump and tied for seventh in the pole vault at the state meet and was Northwest Herald Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She will compete at NCAA Division I Murray State next year.
Lillie Simons, Marengo, jr.
Simons qualified for the Class 2A state meet in the 200, long and triple jumps. She had three firsts (200, 400, triple jump) in the Kishwaukee River Conference Meet and two seconds (200, long jump) in the McHenry County Meet. She should be one of the area’s best sprinters and jumpers again this spring.
Dominique Thomas, Marian Central, so.
The Hurricanes tied for second in the East Suburban Catholic Conference last year and tied with Carmel for the Class 2A Woodstock North Sectional title, and Thomas was a big reason why. She won the 100 and anchored Marian’s winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams at the ESCC Meet. She also won the 100 and 200 at the sectional, while anchoring the winning 4x100 team.
Jenna Walker, Cary-Grove, sr.
Walker just kept getting better as last season progressed, winning the 100 high hurdles and 300 low hurdles at the FVC Meet to help the Trojans challenge champion Huntley. She qualified for the Class 3A state meet in the 100 highs but did not make the finals.