Mia Dansby gave her best "Beantown" performance among the Chicago fandom
CHICAGO- The final indoor track and field meet presumably in the country took place at the Gately Indoor Track & Field Stadium. While the brand new digs have been a staple for Chicago and statewide kids, it has also been very welcoming to visitors outside of the border, particularly Massachusetts...
It's been a while since the well-traveled junior Mia Dansby of Brockton, Mass had the headlines to herself. That's probably because her Metro-Cobras TC teammate Samirah Moody has won almost everything in sight. When Moody has been on the lamb, the New England Elite Club has had its way with the news reports out of the Boston area.
The diminutive and soft-spoken Dansby would let her feet do the talking. The first event of the day was the 60m prelim and Dansby roared through her heat in a personal best 7.64. Not much time to relish in the accomplishment as the final came quickly and the prize was a gold medal-winning 7.63 performance- the second-fastest time posted inside the friendly confines all-time list.
Dansby would return one more time in the 200m looking to leave town with the double win. As Dansby rotated around the sleek banked oval, it is certain that she could hear her coach's vocal pleas above the public address announcer. Dansby hit the finish line in 25.00 for the win and another lifetime best effort.
Another standout in the meet was Kaylah Parks of the Aurora Flyers TC. Parks, a seventh-grader out of Canton Middle School in Streamwood, was entered in two high school races and earned two silver medals via the 60m (7.80) and 200m (25.87). Both times if eligible for high school rankings would put her with the top five in the state. Be as it may, Parks will have to settle for the fastest combined middle-school speedster entering the outdoor season.
Sophia McNerney only came into the 1600m with a 5:21 seed time despite running some slick times in the 3200m and 800m. The junior from Downers Grove South (IL) held back early behind Anna Perry (Eureka HS IL) and Aly Negovetich (Grant HS IL) for the first half. Even at the 1200m which was only 3:45, McNerney trailed further, it appeared as though Negovetich would win. But with 100m remaining, McNerney pulled in front and dashed home for the big win in 4:59.99. Negovetich took second in 5:00.82 and Perry 5:01.75.
Jordyn Miller (Mundelein IL) was a bit M.I.A. during the undercover season but it was a tremendous MILE performance at the CYUP Cabin Fever Invite that elevated her. Miller has flexed her muscle from the 400-3 Miles over the past several years. So, as she led the opening 400 in 65.5, she had Negovetich and Megan Garrett (Charleston IL) on her tail. Things tightened up on the final lap but Miller held on for the win over the vastly improved Garrett 2:14.78-2:15.17. Both girls produced personal bests.