Thornton boys, Homewood-Flossmoor girls take first place

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A 100-meter dash rematch between Lincoln-Way North’s Julian Hylton and Thornton’s Jauan Wesley, both 2013 state finalists, didn’t happen in the co-ed triangular meet Wednesday at Homewood-Flossmoor.

But while Class 3A runner-up Hylton was held out of the competition to extend recovery for a sore back, other individuals stood out in the lengthy meet that started in sunny, mild conditions and finished in chilly weather under the lights.

Thornton scored 71 points to win the boys meet over H-F (44) and Lincoln-Way North (35).

H-F won the girls competition with 61 points ahead of Thornton (58.5) and Lincoln-Way North (25.5).

“We were just trying to mainly get some times to help us put together what we’re going to do on Saturday,’’ H-F girls coach Rob Assise said of the Vikings’ upcoming invitational. “Kind of sort through things and see where we’re at.’’

It was unusual for the varsity boys and girls triangular meets to be held at the same time and place.

“First go at it and could be the last time,’’ Assise said with a laugh.

In the boys meet, Thornton winners were its 400-meter relay (42.33), Tifonte Hunt in the 110 hurdles (14.82), the 800 relay (1:29.44), Wesley in the 100 (11.46), Demitrius Mitchell in the 300 hurdles (40.09) and Adam Johnson in the long jump (20 feet, 2 inches) and the triple jump (42-9).

In the girls meet, first-place finishers for H-F included its 3,200 relay (11:06.01), Jayla Stewart in the 400 (1:02.48), Samantha Klupchak, a freshman, in the 1,600 (6:05.05), Aliyah Mickens in the 200 (24.93), Mikala Barrett in the high jump (4-10), Christin Salley in the long jump (15-10) and Lexi Smith in the shot put (35-5).

H-F’s Antoinette Broughton, seventh in the Class 3A 200-meter dash last year, won the 100 meters (12.98) over teammate Stewart (13.09).

“She just had the one event in this meet,’’ Assise said of Broughton. “She’ll have a lot of work on Saturday in our invitational.’’

Lincoln-Way North’s Brandy Huppert was a double winner in the 300 hurdles (51.56) and pole vault (8-6).

Lincoln-Way North’s and Thornton’s boys teams will be back at H-F on May 22 with a lot more at stake in a 15-team sectional that will determine state qualifying berths.

H-F will host a girls sectional meet May 15 that also includes Lincoln-Way North and Thornton going for state meet berths.

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