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Sprinting into spring
Warm weather produces solid results at Oswego East Invite

by Kristin Sharp


In a highly competitive Oswego East Invite, the Bolingbrook girls' track and field team edged out Batavia by just three points to claim the invitational championship last Saturday, and less than 30 points separated the next four teams.

The host Wolves settled into sixth place with 52 points to finish in the top half of the 15-team field, with Rich South (69), Thornwood (60) and Conant (53) completing the top six with Oswego East, taking advantage of the warm, sunny weekend.

"It was such a nice change of pace from what we've had, I don't think anyone was quite expecting that. You can tell by the sunburns on the kids and coaches," Oswego East head coach Lisa Cook said. "We were really happy with our finish. We didn't have some points that we normally count on. Morganne (Jones) didn't hurdle and Michelle (Borycki) didn't run due to some injuries, so some of those areas we could have had more points stacked up."

Bolingbrook dominated the sprint events, winning the 100, 200 and 400 individual events as well as the 4x100, but the Wolves enjoyed success in the 800-meter relay.

Oswego East won the 4x200-meter event thanks to senior Nicole Buado, sophomore Sade Akinfe, senior Sajela Harlow and freshman Morgan Harris, who crossed the finish line for a time of 1:48.04 to win the slow heat of the event. Rich South won the fast heat, but Oswego East's time was good enough for first place overall by five-tenths of a second.

"That was probably the most fun race of the day because we ran away with the first heat of the event," Cook said. "We didn't get in the fast heat, but it didn't really matter and they put it all out there and really did a nice job to win the event out of the slow heat.

"This is the first time we had (Harris) in the relay, so we wanted to see what happened if we put our top relays together and see what they were capable of. Morgan anchored our 4x2," Cook continued.

The 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Alexis Henz, sophomore Madison Boissiere, sophomore Abby Cain and sophomore Ashley Buado finished third in 10:14.

The 4x400-meter relay team closed out the day with a fourth-place finish in 4:17.89 behind the efforts of Ashley Buado, Harlow, sophomore Madeline Timken and Boissiere.

Senior Mollie Karasch placed fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 12:14. Sophomore Tara Schumacher placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.96 seconds, and teammate Rachel Roschi was right behind in sixth place, clocking in at 51.07 to score for the Wolves.

Oswego East scored 25 points in the field events, with junior Morganne Jones placing second in the high jump at a height of 5-6. Sophomore Sade Akinfe placed second in the long jump with a mark of 16-3, and senior Brooke Marshall finished third, reaching 16-2 1/2.

Freshman Cassidy Osborne-Butler took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 34-10, and finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 98-9.

"Our field events have been doing a really nice job, and a lot of that is due to the awesome efforts of (Erik) Aister, (Steve) Ideran and Kim (Baum)," Cook said. "It's really nice to spread it around and gets points everywhere."

Two invites remain on the Wolves' schedule before the Southwest Prairie Conference meet arrives on May 8, and Cook was pleased to see some improved times on the track and marks in the field events heading into the second half of the season.

"I was pleased to see things come together. We're still expecting times to drop in the next few weeks, but seeing where we were a week ago versus what they were able to do on Saturday with the right conditions and good competition, it was nice to have things come together and give us a glimpse of where we can be in another four weeks," Cook said.

Oswego East will make its debut in the Indian Prairie Invite at Metea Valley on Saturday at 4 p.m. The meet will feature Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley, as well as Benet, Minooka and Wheaton Warrenville South.

"It's a completely stacked meet," Cook said. "It'll be great competition for us and nice to see some of those teams that we saw indoors but haven't seen in awhile now."

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