1. Neuqua junior finds niche. Neuqua Valley junior Jazmine Mensah enjoyed a nice invite debut. At Glenbard North’s Weber Invitational, the former soccer player triple-jumped 35 feet, 10.5 inches — the 16th-best distance in the Class 3A rankings compiled by DyeStatIl.com. “Jazmine joined us last year,” Neuqua coach Gretchen Parejko said. “Sometimes it takes time to find the right event for the athlete.”
2. Katie Hoffman healthy. Hoffman, the Naperville Central junior distance runner, didn’t run her first outdoor race until this week at the 3,200-meter relay at conference. Her last time running was at the Proviso West indoor meet, where Hoffman and sisters Nikki and Rachel took first. Redhawks distance coach Matt Blondell reported it’s nothing serious, just “minor bumps and bruises.”
3. Redwings rule ESCC. Benet’s dominance of the East Suburban Catholic Conference continued Wednesday. The Redwings won their eighth consecutive conference track title, 19th in 22 years. Depth was the difference for Benet, scoring in close to every event. Claire Erlenborn and Olivia Bugno went 1-2 in the discus, Jenna Martin and Ali Munson were 1-2 in the long jump and Benet won the 400 relay.