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Mark your calendar. The first Indian Prairie Invitational will be held Friday at Metea Valley. Not only will the meet bring together District 204 rivals Metea, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley, it will also feature Naperville Central, Wheaton Warrenville South, Benet and Minooka. “We’ve been talking about it for a while,” Neuqua coach Gretchen Parejko said. “It will be fun.”

Neuqua is homeless this spring. Neuqua is spending its spring season on the road while the school’s brand-new track is built. Digging was begun last week, with scheduled completion in mid-July. The hybrid track will look like Metea Valley’s — except for the turf, with a wider curve area — and will allow for the high jump on either end zone.

Naperville Central’s sprint relays can fly. The Redhawks’ foursome is proving tough for the opposition to keep up with. D’Jenne Egharevba, Samantha Ward, Lauren Erickson and Mary Beth Blank swept the 400 and 800 relays at last week’s Downers Grove North’s Ritter Invite. Blank closed the 400 to beat Champaign Centennial by .02 seconds, the 49.62 the 10th-fastest outdoor time in Illinois. Later, the same girls took the 800 in 1:46.19; their PR of 1:45.51 is the ninth-best in the state outdoors.

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