Jane Lynch I Loyola Academy takes the Championship 2 Mile section 2 win
BOSTON- Although it was a light day on the Illinois prep side of the game, the return on investment was satisfactory in terms of approval. Yes, the Track at New Balance Center is all of that and a bag of chips- world class to the gills and the expectation of supreme ROI will be on a premium.
As far as the home base is concerned, there were several notables. Jane Lynch (So., Wilmette Loyola Academy) made her way to Beantown and departed with some good memories. She entered the Championship 2 Mile and took advantage of her section two mates just prior to the midway portion of the race and stormed home to the win in a personal best 10:54.19. Her 3200m time en route was 10:50.75.
Not be outdone were sophomores Scout Storm of Barrington and Mia Kotler of Chicago (Latin). They raced in the featured section 8 portion and collected personal bests. Storm took seventh in her section and 26th overall in 10:34.35 and Kotler 13th but 34th overall in 10:39.30. One of the nation's best Tatum David (Sr., Olney Richland County) was in line for high All-American honors. She moved up to second place, hitting the first 1600m in 5:01. With five laps remaining is when disaster struck for David. She apparently was tripped and later kicked which resulted in a fall into the track rail. The dream of a tremendous finish was over for David who could not continue on.
Riley Newport (Sr., Dekalb) indicated that he is more focused on Sunday's mile final. He ran his championship two mile in 9:31.03 (93th place). Mac Kittrell (Sr., Chicago Depaul Prep) also competed and clocked 9:34.25 for 100th overall.
The E. St. Louis Senior boys are veterans at the indoor nationals but somehow they got the time schedule mixed up. The Flyers were slated to compete in the Rising Stars 4x200 relay. The lapse prevented them from strutting their stuff and instead the gracious meet managers placed them in the afternoon championship section prelims. They proceeded to run 1:31.29- not enough to make the finals but grabbed a consolation IL#2.