A flock of the "Chifastest" champions was featured with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and civil rights icon Jesse Jackson
There were several reasons to smile leading up to this unique event. The first reason was the completion of the weekly warp speed planning sessions for this unique inaugural event. Secondly, the brand new indoor barn is unofficially known as "Gately Indoor Track & Field Center" was officially named in honor of Dr. Conrad Worrill.
Dr. Worrill, who passed away last year, was a pillar in the Chicago civil rights community and a lifetime advocate of track and field. Thirdly, and perhaps more importantly, there was an event with positive underlinings designed specifically for the kids of Chicago.
Several hundred kids from middle school to high school got an opportunity to square off in their respective age and gender groups. The 60-meter races started with prelims and moved on to the finals. Rising sophomore Treyshun Green of Phillips HS produced the fastest boys mark with a time of 7.84. On the girls' side, the all-state standout junior Symone Frison of Lindblom HS clocking 8.02.