SPC Championship, 5.2.2018

Post date: May 6, 2018 10:20:55 PM

As the bell rang to signal the final lap of the varsity 4x800-meter relay, senior Emily Ellis had that look in her eyes. She was sitting in third place, with Oswego East and Oswego runners ahead of her 10 and 20 meters, respectively.

You could tell she wanted it, and she went after it. Ellis caught and passed Oswego East about halfway into the lap. She charged toward Oswego around the final curve.

The end result, however, would not be what she wanted. Minooka came up a little short and finished third in that relay. It wasn’t due to lack of effort, and the move was something to be proud of. At the beginning of a long night, it was just the first varsity event on the track. As it turned out, that feeling would be the same at the end of the night.

Minooka came up a little short from winning the 10-team SPC Championship, hosted by Joliet West at Joliet Memorial Stadium Wednesday. Oswego won with 102 points, and Minooka was just behind at 97.

There was plenty to be proud of for Minooka. Athletes earned all-conference status 14 different times throughout all training groups. When you divide success amongst that many athletes and events, you demonstrate the strength of a true team. Here is the list:

    • Kylie Wissel, 300m Hurdles, 1st place
    • Kate Gall, Pole Vault, 2nd place
    • 4x400m Relay of Cierra Bachmann, Kate Gall, Kylie Wissel, Eryn Renison, 2nd place
    • Aaliyah Young, Triple Jump, 2nd place
    • Sydney Andreano, Discus, 2nd place
    • Kylie Wissel, 100m Hurdles, 3rd place
    • Eryn Renison, 400m Dash, 3rd place
    • Ava Bezaire, Pole Vault, 3rd place
    • 4x200m Relay of Cierra Bachmann, Lauren Larsen, Jenna Seloover, Alexis Mata, 3rd place
    • 4x800m Relay of Vivian Van Eck, Julia Dames, Olivia Krolczyk, Emily Ellis, 3rd place
    • Emily Shelton, 3200m Run, 4th place
    • Vivian Van Eck, 1600m Run, 4th place
    • Lauren Larsen , 100m Dash, 4th place
    • Sydney Forrest, Long Jump, 4th Place

The weather started windy and warm until lightning caused a 30-minute delay after the 3200-meter run. From then on there was no wind, just warmth.

Faced with ideal conditions for the first time all season, the girls capitalized with their performances, most of them personal records, and a few all-time bests.

Running in the second-fastest heat in the 100-meter dash, Larsen shot out from the rest of the pack over the last 40 meters. Her official time, 12.67, is not only .07 away from the state-qualifying mark, but also the third fastest all-time at Minooka.

Kylie Wissel’s 16.13 put her 3rd all time in the 100 hurdles, but she wasn’t done. Later, her 46.56 gave her a new mark that was 2nd best all-time in winning the 300 hurdles.

In the triple jump, Aaliyah Young’s bound of 34-10.5 gave her a new mark 3rd all time. Brooke McNally’s new mark of 33-2.5 put her 6th all time, and Emma Wiegmann’s new best of 32-7.5 placed her 7th all-time.

Vivian Van Eck’s 5:14.86 in the 1600m run topped her old mark at 4th on the list.

Eryn Renison was back after rehabbing a muscle strain. All she did was run the 5th fastest 400-meter dash time in Minooka history. It was 59.72 seconds, her first race under 60.

Cierra Bachman, Larsen, Jenna Seloover, and Alexis Mata combined forces in the 4x200-meter relay. With fast splits and faster handoffs, they put themselves 3rd all-time for Minooka in that event

Going into the final event of the night, the 4x400-meter relay, Minooka was sitting in 3rd place as a team. We were 9 points behind Oswego, the leader, who also has a strong 4x400 team. Mathematically, we were still in the hunt, but the odds were greatly against us.

The four runners — Bachmann, Gall, Wissel, and Renison — had the same look in their eyes that Ellis did in the meet’s first race. Like Ellis, they went out for the win. And like Ellis, they came up just short of their goal, but turned in a performance to be proud of. They finished 2nd.

Their time — 4:05.86 — was the fastest of the year by nearly 9 seconds. It was unofficially the 6th fastest all-time, and the 3rd-fastest by a Minooka team in the last 19 years at the conference meet (those are the only results available). It also bumped Minooka from 3rd to 2nd place as a team, just short of the goal, but a worthy team effort.

Go Minooka!

– Coach Thomas