Rams punch tickets to the state meet with their sectional efforts
Glenbard East’s girls track and field team earned multiple trips to the IHSA Class 3A state meet with its performances at Friday’s York Sectional in Elmhurst. The state meet takes place this week at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Junior Kionnah Weaver provided the Rams with their only sectional championship when she raced to a victory in the 100-meter high hurdles. Weaver clinched a berth in the state meet by winning the race in 15.18 seconds. Weaver earned another state-meet berth in the sectional’s other hurdles race—the 300-meter low hurdles. She completed that event in a second-place time of 46.08 seconds. Junior Cailyn Biegalski of the Rams earned a trip to the state meet when she completed the sectional’s 800-meter final in a third-place time of 2 minutes, 17.07 seconds. The state-qualifying standard in that event is 2:19.88. Senior Abbey Hoh will represent Glenbard East in the high jump at the Class 3A state meet. Hoh earned her trip to Champaign by tying for second place at the sectional. She cleared 5 feet, 3 inches on her best attempt. The Rams’ 4 x 400-meter relay team qualified for the state meet with its fourth-place effort at the sectional. The foursome of Biegalski, junior Lexi Weltin, junior Brenna Peters and freshman Emily Anderson finished the race in 4:03.53, which was under the qualifying standard of 4:04.48. Willowbrook senior Kyla Denwood qualified for the state meet by winning the sectional title in the discus throw. Denwood’s best sectional throw traveled 125 feet, 2 inches.
Broncos win a pair of sectional relay titles Montini’s girls team competed in the IHSA Class 2A Glenbard South Sectional on May 11. The Broncos narrowly missed winning the sectional championship plaque. Rosary won the sectional title with a team total of 92 points. Montini finished the meet with 91 points. Montini’s Class 2A state-meet qualifiers included a pair of sectional-champion relay teams. The 4 x 100-meter foursome of sophomore Joslyn Boyer, freshman Maggie Connelly, sophomore Erica Holloway and senior Dejah Amos won the sectional in 50.33 seconds. The same quartet captured the 4 x 200-meter sectional title with a first-place time of 1 minute, 46.44 seconds. Senior Jenna Weidacher earned a state-meet berth in the 800-meter run. She finished the sectional race in a third-place time of 2 minutes, 20.34 seconds, which was under the state-qualifying standard of 2:22.12. Connelly secured a state-meet berth in the 300-meter low hurdles; she finished that race in a third-place time of 46.75 seconds. The state-qualifying standard in that event was 47.72 seconds. Lauren Mikolajczak of Montini qualified for the state meet by winning the sectional title in the shot put. Her best throw traveled 32 feet, 11.25 inches. The senior also qualified for the state meet in the discus throw with her second-place finish. Her best throw at the sectional sailed 115 feet, 11 inches. In addition to running on two sectional-winning relay teams, Boyer captured a state-meet berth in the triple jump with her second-place sectional finish. Her best jump covered 33 feet, 5.75 inches.
Improving Broncos win Class 1A regional title Two shutouts lift the team to its first regional championship since 2013
The Montini girls soccer team won an IHSA Class 1A regional championship at Aurora’s Rosary High School with a pair of 1-0 victories. Both of the Broncos’ post-season wins avenged a regular-season loss. Montini opened the regional with a 1-0 win over Rosary on May 10. Junior Emily Detmers scored the match’s only goal in the middle of the first half. Earlier in the season, the Royals defeated Montini 1-0. The Broncos edged Westmont 1-0 in Saturday’s regional final. Junior Alondra Holler scored Montini’s goal early in the first half. Senior Anna Martinello assisted Holler’s goal. Senior goalkeeper Emily Crotty guarded the goal for Montini in both shutouts. Crotty made 10 saves against Rosary and provided six saves against Westmont. The Sentinels, who were the regional’s No. 1 seed (the Broncos were the No. 5 seed), defeated Montini 3-1 in a regular-season meeting. “As the season has gone on, the girls have improved tremendously,” said Montini coach Sue Brown after Saturday’s victory. “Not one of our players let us down. Everyone stepped up. The whole team won that game today.” Brown noted juniors Sonia Finch, Kate Crotty and Nina Franklin as three of the team’s many key contributors in the regional victory. The Broncos improved their overall season record to 10-9-2 with Saturday’s victory. Montini won the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) championship during the regular season with a 5-1-1 record. Rosary handed the Broncos their only conference loss. Montini’s tie in the GCAC season came against Regina Dominican. Montini will face Chicago’s University High School in this week’s Class 1A sectional semifinal match in Chicago.
Rams compete at state meet
Junior Marc Le and sophomore Sean O’Hara of the Glenbard East boys gymnastics team both participated in the IHSA state meet, which took place Friday and Saturday at Hinsdale Central High School. The two Rams competed in Saturday’s individual preliminaries. Le, who earned state-meet berths in multiple events, advanced to Saturday evening’s finals in the parallel bars competition. The top 10 finishers in each individual event advanced to the finals. Le’s preliminary routine on the parallel bars earned a score of 9.0, which secured a tie for 10th place. Le’s routine in the finals also earned a 9.0; that score was good for seventh place in the finals. Le did not advance to the finals in the still rings; he turned in an 8.85 in the preliminaries, which was good for 14th place. He added preliminary scores of 9.3 in floor exercises (26th place), 8.6 on the vault (tied for 38th) and 7.25 on the high bar (44th). O’Hara competed in the vault event at the state meet. He earned a score of 8.4 in the preliminaries and did not advance to the finals. Le and O’Hara are both pictured during the Glenbard West Sectional on May 4. The two Rams earned their state-meet berths with their performances at the sectional.