It was a great time to watch some track and field action at the Grayslake North HS compound
In one of the featured sectionals to kick off the run to Charleston for the state championship, the Grayslake North Sectional brought together nice weather and in turn, some very nice performances. MSL conference member Barrington won the team title with 106 points over top-rated Grayslake Central who appeared to pare their roster to meet state meet scoring opportunities
Grayslake Central won the 4x800 in 9:29, with Barrington finishing 2nd in 9:35.
The 4x100 was a tight race between Vernon Hills and Barrington. The Cougars prevailed in 49.21, and Barrington was 2nd in 49.53.
In the 3200, no athlete had achieved the 11:07 state standard thus far, so it was a true battle for 1st and 2nd place. Skyler Kreunen of Lake Forest won in 11:30, with Mia Pasha of Warren earning an 11:39 ticket to state after a last-lap kick.
Kathleen Baker of Barrington differentiated herself in the 100m, winning in 12.54. Freshman Riley Betz of Lake Zurich qualified for state as well after earning 2nd in 12.56.
The 800 had the potential to qualify a high number of individuals. Bella Domier of Grayslake Central took out the race in a quick 66-second first 400 split. Domier held on for a 2:12.8 win, followed by Brooke Johnston (Lake Zurich) in 2:14.9, Jordyn Miller (Mundelein) 2:15.35, and Sheila Tucker (Libertyville) in 2:18.6.
By the final 100 meters of the 4x200m, Vernon Hills had solidified a considerable lead. The Cougars continued their short sprint relay domination, winning in 1:45.7. Lake Zurich was 2nd in 1:47.1.
The 400m featured four girls who had already run under the 59.18 qualifying standard at some point this season. Dakota Lyons of Libertyville charged to a school-record 57.54 win. Bakera lso qualified after running 58.94 for 2nd.
Breanne Dunn of Barrington edged out a 300m hurdles win in 45.96 over Mia Morello, who ran 46.08.
The 1600m was another showdown between underclassmen Domier and Brooke Johnston. Domier tucked behind Johnston until the final 200m, when Domier kicked and won in 5:01.5. Johnston finished in 5:01.8. Both are capable of running sub-5, perhaps next weekend.
In the 200m, Kylie Spytek of Vernon Hills won in 25.94, followed by Leiahola Akalaonu of Grayslake North in 26.07.
The two standout teams in the 4x400m are Barrington and Grayslake Central. Through the 2:01 halfway split, Barrington has a 5-second lead over Central and Lake Forest. The Fillies hold on for a 4:05 win, with the Rams earning 2nd in 4:07.
Prior to Morello's impressive performances in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles, she won the pole vault in 12-3 (3.73m).
Julia Reglewski of Grayslake Central maintained her reputation as one of the top throwers in Illinois after winning the shot put and discus in 46-7 (14.21m) and 147-0 (44.82m), respectively.
Annika Bynum of Warren won the high jump in 5-5 (1.65m)