Hinsdale Central won their second 4x800 title in three years
Ameia Wilson (Danville HS) #24/11.59 (+2.5)
Amira Young (Sr., Whitney Young HS) #53/11.71 (-0.4)
Ozzy Erewele (Sr., Springfield HS) #93/11.78 (NWI)
Carson's Thoughts: It's weird to think that the 3x 3A State Champion is not at the top of this list. All it means is that Young came through when it counted; she has the second-best mark this season, but you got to remember that Wilson's time was fast, not wind-legal.
Ameia Wilson (Jr., Danville HS) #62/24.02 (NWI)
Carson's Thoughts: It is hard to believe that with all the talent in Illinois only one athlete rated in the top 100 all-conditions. Either the talent pool in the country is that much better than usual or key girls here stateside did not take this event all that serious. Additionally, we haven't seen a sub 24-second effort at the state meet for the second consecutive year.
Dajour Miles (Jr., West Aurora) #35/54.19
Taylor Tilmon (Sr., Lakes) #89/55.25
Carson's Thoughts: Miles just focused on the 400m at state due to a sore hamstring. It was the right thing to do especially with the summer season right around the corner.Tilmon enjoyed a great senior campaign.
Enyaeva Michelin (Evanston Township HS) #6/2:08.44
Rachel Hickey (LaSalle-Peru HS) #34/2:10.09
Madison Marasco (Schaumburg HS) #36/2:10.14
Arielle Summitt (Urbana University HS) #61/2:11.03
MiKenna Robinson (Neuqua Valley HS) #87/2:11.83
Carson's Thoughts: Enyaeva is amazing... she may have the best range in the nation. We have a rising star in Robinson. Robinson had a breakout race at state in the 800m we will have to see if she does summer track and/or NBON. I also have to mention Hickey and Marasco who both came soooooooooooo close to breaking 2:10. Hickey is done and is looking forward to ISU in the fall, but we don't know what Marasco is doing before she heads off to U of I in the fall. Ariel will be
Katelynne Hart (Glenbard West HS) #3/4:43.07
Enyaeva Michelin #6/4:44.66
Sarah Schmitt (Naperville North HS) #61/4:51.82
Carson's Thoughts: Hart and Michelin put on two great battles in three weeks as they raced each other at the state meet and Magis Miles. In both tilts, Michelin stuck with Hart for 1500m, but in the last 100m in both races, Hart pulled away for the win. Hopefully, they will race each other again at NBON, but we have to wait and see if they both entered into it. In the interim, they will compete in the Brooks PR Invite.
Katelynne Hart #2/9:52.02
Enyaeva Michelin #17/10:16.58
Jocelyn Long (Barrington HS) #30/10:25.01
Sarah Schmitt #36/10:25.95
Alex Morris (Naperville North HS) #58/10:33.40
Carson's Thoughts: So this is a prediction I have, Hart will regain her US#1 in the 3200m at Brooks PR as she is just doing the 3200m. It will be the perfect atmosphere to do it in. It would have been interesting to see if Michelin could have gotten down to 10:00 had she entered the state series. This was certainly a deep event nationally, but on a pure state level, it was just as fruitful. 22 girls broke 11:00 outdoors. 27 of 29 girls entered in the 3A title match broke 12:00.
Imani Carothers (Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep) #20/13.75 (-0.3)
Kaylah McCall (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) #66/14.06 (+1.2)
Halle Bieber (Naperville North HS) #78/14.13 (+1.2)
Laqwasia Stepney (Belleville West) #78/14.13 (NWI)
Carson's Thoughts: This event is losing an all-time great in Imani Carothers who might just be the 3rd
best girls hurdler in Illinois history behind the Olympic Champion Dawn Harper and IHSA great Shalina Clarke of Evanston. Even though she is heading off to U of Georgia this field is certainly not as lean with Bieber, McCall, and Stepney are all returning next year.
Jessica Franklin (Mahomet-Seymour HS) #94/43.45
Halle Bieber #99/43.48
Carson's Thoughts: Let me just say this: Jessica Franklin doesn't even use block starts, she ran an amazing time using a standing start. Just imagine what she can do when she learns how to use blocks. Raw talent but she was a senior. Bieber should be a premier force nationally next year. Look for 41s and hopefully a few more heads to follow.
Jalah Morris (Sr., Zion-Benton HS) #20/157-1
Emily Offenheiser (Sr., Stockton HS) #36/151-8
Jasmine Mitchell (Jr., Thornwood HS) #52/149-1
Rachyl Anderson (Sr., Salt Fork HS) #67/146-9
Carson's Thoughts: This was a good year for discus in Illinois. I don't think it will be the same story next year with the heavy graduation that falls here. But then again this is Illinois and we can reload quickly.
Chloe Lindeman (Fulton HS) #18/47-3.75
Evangeline Harris (East St. Louis HS) #25/46-8
Jasmine Mitchell #43/45-10
Nikita Maines (Centralia HS) #63/45-3
Emily Offenheiser #72/44-10.25
Chandler Hayden (Jr., Pittsfield HS) #78/44-8.50
Ellie Weltha (Jr., Bloomington) #80/44-8.25
Jalah Morris #93/44-4.50
Carson's Thoughts: Chloe Lindeman finally listened to me after I called her out for weeks about not hitting a good mark this year. She still hasn't got back to the top 10 like she was during indoor, but at least it is a start and we may see her do something crazy during the summer. In addition, this is one of the deepest events on the docket. We've seen great individual performances nationally but never this strong collectively.
Diamonasia Taylor (So., Urbana HS) #10/5-10
Daelin Switzer (Jr., Decatur St. Teresa HS) #48/5-8
Grace Daun (Jr., Wauconda HS) #48/5-8
Carson's Thoughts: Three girls who are super talented will return in 2019 on a vengeance. Expect to see the 6-0 barrier threatened, especially by Taylor who was just about there. Switzer competed in a bevy of events this year which enhances her resume. Duan is an emerging competitor here as well.
Erika Furbeck (Geneseo HS) #5/20-7 (NWI)
Ameia Wilson #9/20-4.50 (+2.8)
LaQwasia Stepney (Belleville West HS) #11/20-3.25 (+3.5)
Serena Bolden (Springfield Southeast HS) #12/20-2.50 (+4.8)
Hannah Morris (Bloom Twp. HS) #28/19-10 (NWI)
Imani Carothers (Chicago Brooks) #28/19-10 (NWI)
Lyn'Nikka Vance (Crete-Monee HS) #52/19-5 (NWI)
Aanise Sajna (Dunlap HS) #61/19-4.75 (NWI)
Raelyn Roberson (Glenbrook South HS) #62/19-4.25 (-1.9)
Carson's Thoughts: So we have three juniors ranked top 15 in the nation. Let's just say that Illinois field events have gotten so much better in the last couple years with Carothers and Furbeck battling. This event will remain strong as Stepney, Wilson, Bolden, and Vance all return.
Imani Carothers #13/41-7 (NWI)
Riley Ammenhauser (Neuqua Valley HS) #33/40-6 (NWI)
Serena Bolden (Springfield Southeast HS) #38/40-5.5 (NWI)
Kyja Griggs (Bloom Twp. HS) #74/39-9 (NWI)
Jade Marks (Anna-Jonesboro HS) #87/39-6.75 (NWI)
Isabel Maletich (Downers Grove North HS) #99/39-5.25 (-1.1)
Carson's Thoughts: The freshman Riley Ammenhauser took off this season being one of only three Illinois girls athletes to break the 40-foot barrier this season. She may have some big things in her future. Now we will have to see if she decides to do summer track or get ready for her volleyball season this upcoming fall. Carothers leaves behind a tremendous legacy that is unmatched. Bolden returns and will headline with Ammenhauser.
Josie Held (Mt. Zion HS) #41/12-9
Samantha Spencer (Providence Catholic HS) #61/12-7
Aliyah Welter (Monticello HS) #61/12-7
Carson's Thoughts: I honestly thought we would see a 13+ foot vault from one of these girls at the state meet, but it's for not. With the young talent in the works, we should see big gains next season.
Chicago Kenwood #99/47.21
Carson's Thoughts: Homewood-Flossmoor came through when it counted- at the state meet. Teams like Kenwood, Dunlap, and Dekalb tried in vain to wear the crown.
Homewood-Flossmoor HS #62/1:40.33
Naperville North HS #86/1:40.84
Proviso West HS #99/1:41.07
Carson's Thoughts: One of our esteemed track minds stated that no team would break 1:40- we had two. Dekalb ran one of the fastest times of all-time in Illinois. The Barbs collectively were a great team. Dunlap had no equal in 2A.
Hinsdale Central #9/9:03.41
Downers Grove South #33/9:12.83
Glenbard East #50/9:15.94
Naperville North #76/9:18.39
Belvidere North #78/9:18.42
Carson's Thoughts: Deepest relay for the girls easily. Hinsdale Central continued their dominance in the 4x800m by winning the state meet in 9:03.41 which was good enough for a US top 10 mark. We will see if any of these teams decide to go to New Balance Outdoor Nationals as some might have the chance to be an All-American. Believe it or not but Naperville North is among the top 10 teams had they stacked with the talent they have.