1. They’re clearing all obstacles. Four 300-meter hurdlers from the Beacon News coverage area are looking good in the state rankings compiled by DyeStat IL. West Aurora’s Emma Spagnola is tied for first with a season-best time of 43.74 seconds, Princess Shodipo of Oswego is sixth at 46.00, West’s Kyla Walton seventh at 46.42 and Batavia’s Tayulor Stieve eighth at 46.83.
2. Two Waubonsie Valley relays looked good at Indian Prairie meet. Coach Dave Gowing’s group of Rikki Stevenson, Alyssa Post, Dana Dwyer and Tatianna Moore won the 400 in 49.84 seconds, just .4 of a second off state qualifying. His runnerup 1,600 included Moore, Allison Wilson, Dwyer and Post and was 2.5 seconds off state qualifying. “That’s the first time we put together our fastest 400 kids and we still have Brion Hughes, who ran 61.5 seconds in finishing fourth in the open 400 as an option.”
3. Remember this name: Nicole Sreenan. The Kaneland freshman’s best in the 400 in an invitational is 59.12 seconds, which ranks fourth in state in Class 2A. Coach Doug Ecker, who said, “She’s just fast,” added Sreenan had run a 58.5 in the event in a dual meet using the school’s new FAT timing system. “She’s a legit 12.7 (seconds) in the 100 and 26 in the 200,” he said.