BLOOMINGTON – Yorkville senior Nicole Greyer spent most of last track season and the entire past cross country season recovering from injuries.
So she was elated Saturday.
Greyer ran with the Foxes’ second-place Class 3A 3,200-meter relay at the Illinois Top Times Indoor Championships Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
She even provided a little extra help.
“I was tired from my race, but I wasn’t too tired to scream,” Greyer said. “It’s just kind of nice because I didn’t get to run cross country state. I kind of competed track junior year but I got injured. It’s my first state in a while. Even though it’s [unofficial state], it’s still a big deal. The fact that we got second is awesome.”
Senior Olivia Borowiak, Greyer, junior Sam Moreno and sophomore Helena Kleronomos nearly won. Anchor Kleronomos pulled Yorkville into a mad sprint to the finish with the top four teams finishing within 1.39 seconds. Yorkville (9:28.40) was only .34 behind champion Downers Grove South.
“That was really exciting. I knew that we were going to be close at the end, but I didn’t think it was going to be that close, all four teams,” Greyer said.
Oswego senior Jenelle Rogers was second in high jump, losing a jump-off with Wauconda senior Grace Dau after both cleared 5 feet, 6 inches.
Rogers was third at state last spring and Dau is the defending state champion, but this was only Rogers’ third indoor meet after helping Oswego’s girls basketball team reach supersectionals.
On March 16, Rogers cleared an indoor school record 5-8, beating her previous 5-7 best from state.
Yorkville junior Kailey Fox was third in the 3,200 in a personal-best 10:44.56 and Oswego senior Isabelle Christiansen improved her 1,600 indoor school record with a fifth-place 4:59.10.
Christiansen’s first sub-5:00 indoors came after being fourth throughout. She was edged by Grant’s Aly Negovetich (4:58.88) at the finish.
“I didn’t realize she was right there. I’m stil) really happy with how it went,” said Christiansen, whose 4:58.01 outdoors is the all-time school record. “This is the best I’ve been running this early. I’m really excited for what outdoors will bring.”
Oswego senior Jalen Brown also earned a top-eight medal with fifth in the 3A boys 400 (51.20). The 800 relay with Brown, senior Jacob Marcus and juniors Cade Mang and Luke Shugarman was ninth (1:34.07). In 3A girls, Oswego senior Claire Barenie tied for ninth in pole vault (10-6), Oswego East junior Abby Ftacek was 10th in long jump (35-6 1/2), Kleronomos was 11th in the 1,600 (5:13.02) and Oswego East junior Taj Allison was 20th in the 400 (1:02.85).
Plano collected seven medals in 2A action. Junior Keegan Cullison was third in the boys 60 (7.07) and 200 (lifetime-best 22.86) and led off the fourth-place 800 relay with juniors Kevin Dixon, Christian Graham and Angel Peray (1:34.49).
“I didn’t even qualify here last year. It feels good to get top-three in the 60 and 200,” Cullison said. “After seeing what I can do indoor, I’m pretty confident, the transition to outdoor, that I can put up the same results.”
Senior Alyssa Dolan was fifth in the girls 60 hurdles (9.50). The two-time state qualifier in the 100 high and 300 low hurdles has top-nine, all-state hopes after finishing 11th and 12th, respectively, last year.
"Last year, there were a lot of girls that made me nervous. They’re gone now and I’ve gotten better,” Dolan said. “Last year, I didn’t even make [Top Times] finals. It’s my senior year and I made it to a point I always wanted to my freshman year.”
Sandwich's Jayden McCulskie-Green took second in the 2A triple jump with a school record 45 fee, 0.25 inches.