Week of May 9th Here we are, Week #16 – IHSA Sectional Week, and unfortunately the last week for the track team of Hinsdale South. Of course, Mother Nature decided to throw another crazy week at us. This week instead of cold and rain and wind, we were given a summer-like week with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Our girls persevered through it all. We had 18 girls entered in 12 events. Our week practice plan was to keep the girls motivated and get their bodies adjusted to running in this heat. Then on Friday, May 13th we traveled to Hinsdale Central to compete in one of the toughest 3A Sectionals in the state. Our girls competed their hearts out and ended up with season bests or a tie of their season-best performance. We couldn’t be prouder of these young ladies, and we look forward to what the future will bring. Some highlights from the meet are below:
•4x100m Relay (Joseph/Linkowski/Hobbs/Petrovic) – 10th/15 – 52.08 •3200m Run – Sophomore Annabella Ramirez – 18th – 13:35 •100m Dash – Freshman Lailah Moss (13.63) and Junior Katarina Petrovic – 9th (12.94) •800m Run – Sophomore Yuliya Drabchuck 15th (2:33) and Senior Olivia Rogers – 17th (2:34) •4x200m Relay – (Joseph/Linkowski/Hobbs/Petrovic) – 10th – 1:51.9 •400m Dash – Freshman Urenna Nwakudu (1:09) and Marshae Murry (1:10) •1600m Run – Senior Kate Haffner (5:54) and Junior Elena Garcia (5:57) •200m Dash – Freshman Benciana Lewen (28.11) and Junior Katarina Petrovic – 10th (26.89) •4x400m Relay – 7th place – (Rogers/Hobbs/Drabchuck/Garcia) 4:21.2 •Shot Put – Sophomore Amerie Flowers – 13th – 8.73m •Discus – Sophomore Amerie Flowers – 16th – 23.54m
Week of May 2nd The last week of our regular season track meets was no different than the past 14 --- Mother Nature threw cold, rain, and wind at us all week. So we continued to practice hard and keep motivation high, hoping that Friday night would bring us great weather. Jump to Friday, May 6th, and what do we get, rain, wind, and cold. Luckily these girls are used to it.
On Friday night many girls stepped it up and ran, jumped, and threw the best of their season. As coaches, this is what we hope for, and it happened. We, unfortunately, had the injury and illness train hit us hard and had to change our lineup for the meet, multiple times. Even through all of this adversity the Hornets placed 4th on both levels F/S and Varsity and we even had some outstanding performances. Here they are listed below:
4x100 (F/S) – (Garro, Polanco-Webb, Patel, Lewen) – 4th Place 4x100 (Var) – (Joseph, Linkowski, Hobbs, Petrovic) – 3rd Place 3200m – A. Ramirez (F/S) 3rd / K. Haffner (Var) 4th 100m Dash – L. Moss (3rd) / K. Petrovic (Var) 1st Place 4x200m (F/S) – (Shanklin, Noblin, Garro, Lewen) - 3rd 4x200m (Var) – (Jospeh, Linkowski, Hobbs, Petrovic) – 2nd Place 1600m – E. Garcia – 4th Varsity / A. Ramirez – 4th F/S 200m – Var – K. Petrovic – 1st 4x400m (Var) – (Rogers, Drabchuck, Hobbs, Garcia) – 2nd F/S Long Jump – U. Nwakudu – 3rd Vars – Discus – A. Flowers – 3rd F/S High Jump – V. Noblin – 6th Discus – H. Stephens (F/S) – 2nd and (Var) A. Flowers – 3rd
This Friday, May 13th the Hornets travel to Hinsdale Central to compete in the IHSA Sectional track meet.
Week of April 25th The hornets competed last night in a very competitive 22 team Tiger invite at WWS. Our team fought hard through another windy and rainy night and came away with some PRs. Highlights are below. - Fr. Victoria Noblin with a PR jump of 4’1 in HJ. Her expression after says it all. - Our 4x100 team placed 10th (52.44) Linkowski/Booth/Hobbs/Petrovic) - Jr. Ava Berg PR in 3200m - 13:55 - Sr. Olivia Rogers had a stellar night running the 4x800 the open 800m and 4x400. She started off with a huge PR in her leg of the 800 (2:38). And her first leg of the 4x400m helped to secure a relay team PR Friday night as well. - Jr. Elena Garcia won her section of the 1600m breaking 6min for the first time this season. (5:59.1). - Sophomore Annabella Ramirez 1600m PR (6:18.5) - Jr. Katarina Petrovic finished 11th in the 100m with a time of 27.45 - Freshman Katie Joseph (14.07) / Katie also had a huge PR in triple jump (9.06m). - Fr. Anya Patel (14.78) raced strong as well.
The Hornets travel to Willowbrook next Friday to compete in the WSC Outdoor Championships. Come out to give some motivation and encouragement to this hard working team. Start time is 5:30PM for field events and 6:30PM for running events.
Week of April 18th This week Mother Nature finally gave way to some nice spring weather, but not on meet days…. On Wednesday we hosted the Hornet Invite. Of course Mother Nature blessed us with cold, wind, and rain. We had 6 schools competing and we ended the meet with some nice individual and relay PRs A few are below:
- Our 4x800 team (Roger/Cius/Drabchuck/Garcia) placed 1st place with 10:50.1 which is an outdoor PR. - Then our 4x100 (Drab/Joseph/Garro/Moss) 5th 55.05. All freshman and sophomores competing varsity which allowed us to focus our junior and senior athletes on their individual events. - Z. Funk 6th in the 100HH with a PR. - K. Petrovic - 2nd in 100 and champion of the 200m dash. - Senior J. Hobbs 6th in 400 and 4th in the 200. - K. Campbell 1st in Shot Put 8.52m - E. Tobar 3rd in discus 62.1 ft. - Senior K. Haffner didn’t let the storm get to her. She cranked out a huge PR to win the 1600m run in 5:58.9.
The Hornets travel to WWS next Friday for a huge invite under the lights. Come out to give some motivation and encouragement to this hard working team.
Week of April 11th This week we entered our 4th week of outdoor track, and due to the wonderful weather that Mother Nature has brought our way, we finally had our 1st full outdoor track meet. Leading up to the Hinsdale Central Invitational on Saturday, April 16th, we had one great weather day on Monday and practice went very well. Then Tuesday it went all downhill. It’s April, so you never know what you’re going to get here in the Midwest. Our week brought us 25+ mph wind gusts, strong enough to blow the high jump pits around the track, cold enough weather where athletes and coaches were bundled up like it was wintertime, and finally, on our last practice day before the meet, we had cold, we had wind, and a downpour. With practice ending abruptly on Friday, we just hoped the extended forecast for the next day would bring lots of sunshine and warmer weather.
Saturday, we participated in the Hinsdale Central Invitational, eight teams competed on two levels, F/S and Varsity. Both of our levels placed 6th of 8. We had the cold/flu/injury bus hit our team this week and it caused us to scratch many events on both levels. We are very proud of the way our girls competed in adverse conditions and with very tough competition. Some highlights are listed below:
4x800m Relay (Rogers, Cius, Drabchuck, Garcia) - 3rd 11:02 F/S 4x100 Relay (Shanklin, Garro, Joseph, Lewen) – 4th 56.58 F/S 3200m Run – A. Ramirez – 2nd 13:42 Var 3200m Run – Kate Haffner 13:16 and A. Berg 14:29 F/S 100m Dash – L. Moss – 5th 14.24 / A. Garro – 7th 14.79 Var 100m Dash – K. Petrovic – 4th 13.06 Var 800m Run – Y. Drabchuck 9th 2:46 F/S 4x200m Relay – (Noblin, Garro, Lewen, Joseph) 4th 1:59.8 F/S 400m Dash – M. Murry 5th 1:11 / A. Shanklin 8th 1:18 Var 1600m Run – E. Garcia 8th 6:04 (PR on a windy day) F/S 200m Dash – B. Lewen 2nd 28.97 / M. Murry – 5th 30.54 Var 200m Dash – K. Petrovic – 1st 27.18 Var 4x400 Relay (Rogers, Cius, Drabchuck, Garcia) – 5th 4:41 – this group started and ended our running events strong – so proud of you four! Var High Jump – Z. Funk – 6th – 4’4 Var Shot Put – A. Flowers 5th 8.52m / K. Campbell 6th – 8.49m F/S Triple Jump – K. Joseph 5th – 8.45m F/S Discus – H. Stephens – 6th 18.41m
This week Wednesday, April 20th we host the Hornet Invite. Come out and support our athletes.
Week of April 4th This was a very memorable week for our athletes and coaches, one I think we all will never forget. Everyone was excited to finally be outdoors and running new events on our home track this week for our 1st outdoor meet and to celebrate our graduating seniors, but mother nature had other plans.
The weather at 4:30pm on Wednesday, April 6th wasn’t so bad. Our Seniors - Carly Booth, Victoria Cius, Kate Haffner, Jasmine Hobbs, and Olivia Rogers and their family members had to get a little more bundled up than we would’ve liked for April, but it was a wonderful send off for all involved. Shortly after the celebration, just as we started the field events, The winds picked up to almost 20mph, the temperature plummeted, and it started to rain. After a quick coaches meeting, we decided we would not cancel the meet altogether, we would just run an abbreviated meet. So our Hornet Triangular with Leyden and Elmwood Park turned into a meet with two field events and two running events. It was too windy and rainy to Pole Vault safely, The Long Jump and Triple Jump area was underwater, so we decided the safest field events to perform would be Shot Put and Discus. Then all coaches decided that for the safety of all the athletes we would run a 200m dash for all the sprinters and an 800m Run for all the distance runners. The girls thought it was definitely different, but memorable. A meet they will (and coaches too) will never forget.
On Saturday, April 9th we were supposed to be headed to Andrew high school, but again mother nature decided it was time for a late winter snowfall and a cold spell. Running and jumping in a forecasted high temperature of 35 degrees at meet start time was not a good idea for all involved and the meet was canceled.
So now we look to next week where we compete at DGN on Wednesday and in the Hinsdale Central invite on Saturday.
Week of March 14th Week #8 our final indoor week of training and meets. Saturday, March 19th we traveled to Addison Trail for the WSC indoor conference championships. This was where all our training paid off we saw lots of great performances on Saturday which led to our Freshman/Sophomore teams placing 4th overall and our Varsity team placing 3rd overall. So many great performances, I will highlight a few of those here:
- Senior Kate Haffner stepping up for an ill Olivia Rogers. Kate ran 2nd leg of the 4x800m Relay which placed 2nd then came back to run the 3200m Run and placed 6th overall. Then raced again in the 1600m run. A hard triple to do, but her dedication to the team was evident. - Shot put - Varsity saw a 2nd and 3rd place performance from Mimi Flowers and Kai Campbell. And on the FS level 2nd and 4th place from Heather Stephens and Kayla McVeigh - 4x160 Team - 1st Place (Booth / Hobbs / Koziol / Petrovic) - 4x800m Relay Team - 2nd Place - (Petersen / Haffner / Cius / Garcia) - Elena Garcia - 4th Place 800m Run - Abby Petersen - 4th Place 1600m Run Varsity - Annabella Ramirez - 2nd Place FS 3200m Run - Yulia Drabchuck - 2nd Place 800m Run
It was a fantastic day for all of our athletes. We look forward to all they will be able to do come outdoor season.
Week of March 7th This was a great week for the lady hornets track and field teams. We entered week 7 feeling strong and ready for what lies ahead. The girls had a great week of practice and it also brought us to our last indoor home meet on Wednesday, March 9th. Marist, Andrew, and Oak Forest joined us for a Quad meet on our indoor track. For the Hornets it was a hard workout to get us ready for Morton on Saturday the 12th. This paid off immensely as we competed our hearts out at Morton. The Morton Invite had two levels (JV / Varsity) and nine schools. We traveled 32 girls for 62 events and ended the day with 25 personal or relay best times and took 2nd out of 9 teams on both the varsity and JV levels. It was a fantastic day.
Field events kick started our day and of our JV long jumpers PR'd. (K. Joseph 3.68 / U. Nwakudu 3.84 (3rd) / A. Garro 3.37 / V. Drab 3.74). Senior Kai Campbell won the varsity shot with 8.79m. Freshman M. Kilpatrick took 2nd on JV with 6.72m. Senior C. Booth had a stellar day placing 2nd with a HUGE PR of 1.50m (4'11"). And our pole vaulters got more experience heading into the conference meet next week.
In the 3200m Sr. Kate Haffner won the varsity with 13:19 and Soph. Annabella Ramirez won JV with 13:44. In the Varsity 800m all three of our athletes PR'd. Sr. Victoria Cius was 8th (2:44). Sr Olivia Rogers 5th (2:41) and Junior Elena Garcia 3rd (2:36). Both the Var & JV 4x160 relay placed 1st. Varsity (Booth/Hobbs/Koziol/Petrovic) 1:31.0 and JV(Garro/Shanklin/Lewen/Joseph) 1:36.4 In the 1600m Soph. Annabella came back strong placing 2nd and running a PR time of 6:15 while Soph. Yuliya Drabchuk placed 3rd with a time of 6:31.
On varsity Junior Elena Garcia placed 6th in 6:06 and Junior Abby Petersen placed 5th with a PR time of 5:52. Our sprinters had a great showing in the 55m and 200m dash. Junior Kat Petrovic placed 1st in both (7.72 / 28.03). Sr. Carly Booth 3rd in 55m (8.09) and 7th in 200m (29.44). Junior Olivia Linkowski 8th (8.33). Soph. Benciana Lewen placed 3rd in both on JV (8.39 / 30.30). And we ended the meet with a HUGE highlight win with 1st places in both the JV (Laila Cobb / V. Noblin / V. Drab / K. Joseph) 4x400 4:59.8 and 1st place Varsity (O. Rogers / J. Hobbs / V. Cius / E. Garcia) 4x400m 4:35.19. It was a great day for the lady Hornets!
Week of February 28th Indoor season has been rough, it always is, these girls have been extremely tough, motivated and so much fun to coach. Week #4 has now brought us an even larger team - Yippie!! Girls coming off of dance, and gymnastics, and basketball have now joined our team and have given us many more opportunities for entries. On Friday evening, February 25th we participated in the Glenbard South Triangular meet where we won the meet by 17 points. It was also our first opportunity to see our girls pole vault in a meet. Zoe Funk and Olivia Linkowski-Leadinghamtied for 4th with a vault of 6ft. With only being able to practice on a portable box up to this point, this was truly a highlight! Our 4x160 team of Linkowski, Hobbs, Koziol, and Petrovic also had a PR for the night with a time of 1:33.88. We also saw some great action during the 1600m run with three athletes running PR times. Anabella Ramirez ran a 6:51, Kate Haffner ran a 6:14 and Abby Petersenaccomplished her goal of breaking 6 minutes indoors and ran a 5:56. A fantastic evening for the Lady Hornets.
Week of February 21st Indoor season has been rough, it always is, these girls have been extremely tough, motivated and so much fun to coach. Week #4 has now brought us an even larger team - Yippie!! Girls coming off of dance, and gymnastics, and basketball have now joined our team and have given us many more opportunities for entries. On Friday evening, February 25th we participated in the Glenbard South Triangular meet where we won the meet by 17 points. It was also our first opportunity to see our girls pole vault in a meet. Zoe Funk and Olivia Linkowski-Leadingham tied for 4th with a vault of 6ft. With only being able to practice on a portable box up to this point, this was truly a highlight! Our 4x160 team of Linkowski, Hobbs, Koziol, and Petrovic also had a PR for the night with a time of 1:33.88. We also saw some great action during the 1600m run with three athletes running PR times. Anabella Ramirez ran a 6:51, Kate Haffner ran a 6:14 and Abby Petersen accomplished her goal of breaking 6 minutes indoors and ran a 5:56. A fantastic evening for the Lady Hornets.
Week of February 14th We had another successful track meet and I am so proud of the efforts of our team. It was only our 3rd meet of the season, the Hornets placed 4th on the Varsity and JV Levels. We started and ended the meet on a high note winning both the 4x800 in 10:31.7 - A HUGE PR (Garcia/Cius/Rogers/Peterson) and winning the 4x400 in 4:36.1 PR (Cius/Hobbs/Old/Garcia). The excitement from the 4x800 carried us through and we continued to compete well. Jr. K. Petrovic won the 200m Dash (28.39) 2nd in 55m (7.76) and in 3rd place 4x160 (1:34.1) along with Linkowski-Leadingham, Hobbs, Koziol. Fr. A. Shanklin in her first meet won the JV 200m (32.25) and was on the 2nd pl. JV 4x160 (Shanklin/McVeigh/Garro/Lewen). Fr. M. Murry 2nd Pl. 300m (54.18) Soph. Y Drabchuck 1st pl. JV 800 (2:46). A. Berg 3rd in JV 800 (3:09). Peterson and Rogers 4th and 5th in Var. 800 (2:44.2/2:44.8) huge PRs for both. A. Peterson 2nd Var 1600 (6:07). A. Berg 4th in JV (6:55) PR!! Jr. J. Andrzejczak 4th in JV 55mH (11.80). Sr K. Haffner 4th in Var. 3200m (14:20) and Soph. A. Ramirez 1st in JV 3200m (13:51) PR!! And in the field events Jr. K. Campbell 6th pl. Varsity SP with a throw of 26'9.75" and J. Keyes 6th place in JV 20'6.50"
Week of February 7 This week the Lady Hornets traveled to Addison Trail to compete against Addison Trail, Fenton and Trinity. The girls were nervous with the idea of traveling to a new place against new schools, but we had an all around great experience. Even though the meet was not scored, we had some top performances, and even more importantly we acted like a FAMILY! Girls were working with other girls helping with warm ups, cool downs, and holding blocks. We were also leaders on the track helping girls from other teams learn exchange zones and just the idea of competing indoors. We even ended the meet with two great events. Our distance runners stepped up to make an all distance 4x400 and finished the last event of the regular meet in 2nd place. During this it was great to see the entire team lining the track cheering them on to their strong finish. Then four girls came back to run the optional “boxer short” relay. This was hilarious and a great team building experience. Some event highlights from the meet are below… 4x800m Relay - 1st Place (Garcia, Cius, Rogers, Old)
55m Dash - Petrovic - 7.36 (only .16 away from our school record) - LaShan Cobb - 8.28
800m Run - Y. Drabchuck - 2:52 - O. Rogers with PR of 2:53
1600m Run - Senior K. Haffner (6:33) completed her 1st race since her hamstring injury that kept her out of XC this fall - C. Old - (6:08) 20 second PR over last week
200m Dash - Petrovic - 28.72
4x400m Relay (Rogers, Drabchuck, Cius, Garcia) - 2nd Place
Week of January 31st On Saturday, February 5th the field house doors were open to athletes and visitors for our first indoor track meet since 2020. We welcomed teams from Andrew, Benet Academy, and Westmont. There were a lot of lessons learned by all schools with our young athletes, but it was so great to see the girls competing again indoors. The meet was not scored, but here are some highlights from the day…. 4x800m team (Garcia, Cius, Rogers, Peterson) 11:30.6