1. No stopping her. Jacobs junior Lauren Van Vlierbergen owns the top times in DyeStatIl.com’s Class 3A rankings in both the 800 and 1,600, after running a 2:12.02 in the 800 at last week’s McHenry County meet. Later, Van Vlierbergen ran a 59-second 400 split to overcome Huntley in the mile relay. The same night Huntley’s Macy Tramblay triple jumped 36-7, fourth-best in 3A.
2. Can Saints march in? West Aurora is after its fifth straight Kane County title Friday in Kaneland. St. Charles East, second last year, could be the only team in the way. At Lake Park last week, Saints senior Jordan Shead ran the 400 in 57.20, fourth-best in 3A, and Allison Chmelik triple-jumped 35-9. St. Charles East and West Aurora meet again in two weeks in the Metea Valley Sectional.
3. Quite a pair. Two returning 1A state qualifiers from Harvest Christian appear to be rounding into form. Thrower Sydney Doby has gone 100 feet, 7 inches in the discus and 33-6 in the shot put. Valerie Richter has run the 800 in 2:27.3 and 400 in 1:04.9. Harvest Christian tied for first at Luther North and took third at Rockford Christian.