Trio of Southland locals advance to square off in state 400

SHARE Trio of Southland locals advance to square off in state 400

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Southland teams have been battling all season for supremacy, and the Class 2A preliminaries Friday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field got them one step closer to the finish line.

Eleven individuals and one relay team punched their tickets for Saturday’s state finals.

Even though she is competing with an injured knee, Rich South’s Dasia Evans, advanced in the high jump and 400-meter dash. Every competitor who advanced in the high jump recorded a leap of five feet. She finished the 400 in 57.84 seconds, good for the fifth fastest time of the day.

“I could feel the knee injury today, especially in the high jump,” Evans said. “I can jump 5-7 and hope to do that today. In the 400-meter, I just wanted to stay with lane 5. I did that for the most part.”

She will not be lacking for local competition in the 400. Bremen’s Christyle Smith and Morgan Park’s Kelsey Ferguson also advanced. Ferguson had the fourth fastest time of the day, clocking 56.60, while Smith, a senior, finished in 57.84, the sixth fastest time.

“I made it today because of last year,” Ferguson said. “I missed qualifying for the finals by a one-tenth of a second. Everyone wants to win a state championship and I do as well. I want to run under 55 seconds. That is my goal.”

“This is the fastest time of my career,” Smith said. “I started off very conservative and I won’t do that in the finals. Lane 6 was my perfect position. I could hear some of them behind me and I could see some in front of me. Both things made me run faster. I want to improve by two spots and get at least fourth.”

De La Salle freshman Jaimie Robinson recorded with the second best triple jump of the day, leaping 37 feet, 6.5 inches. She trails only Peoria Notre Dame sophomore Vicky Gruszka, who jumped 37-8.5.

Thornridge senior Tatayanna Groom finished with the fifth fastest time of the day in the 300-meter hurdles, running a 46.37.

The Latest
If change is on the horizon, it won’t always be like this. There will be lulls and growing pains throughout the season, but these young players brought an energy and spirit that had been missing.
Donovan said the Bulls don’t specialize in one particular coverage but rather multiple defensive schemes they can run throughout a game. But with the Bulls having lost five games in a row, sporting the 22nd-worst defense in the NBA, they need to find answers to remedy that end of the court.
Strelnikov had 19 points and 11 rebounds in Lake Zurich’s 71-60 win against visiting Waukegan on Thursday.
The Hawks conceded a shorthanded goal and two power-play goals in a 5-1 loss Thursday, which Tyler Johnson called “embarrassing.”
A year after police found five people dead in a home, the Buffalo Grove police chief looks back on a case that put the tiny department in the national spotlight.