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ILXCTF – Mike Newman – News – Illinois High School Track & Field – Highlights from the Weekend

ILXCTF - Mike Newman - News - Illinois High School Track & Field - Highlights from the Weekend


Illinois High School Track & Field – Highlights from the Weekend – March 13, 2023


Photo – York’s 4×2 team after running a state leading time in an open meet on Saturday


By Michael Newman


The performances this weekend at the National Meets extended past the distance events. Some teams and individuals stepped up with All-American performances at the New Balance Nationals Indoors and the Nike Indoor Nationals.


There were also some great performances within the state this week as we are now two weeks within Illinois Top Times on March 25-26.


You can read about highlights from Batavia Distance Madness and the New Balance National Indoors featuring the distance events by clicking on the meet’s name.


Here are highlights of some of the meets that took place over the past week in Illinois as well as Boston and New York.


New Balance Nationals IndoorEmmi Scales of St. Viator stepped up again into the national spotlight running three great races in the 60 Meter Hurdles. She had the top qualifying time and second fastest semifinal time in the event running an 8.36 time. Scales ran the state’s best time of 8.32 (US #4) to finish third and earn All-American honors just five hundredth of a second behind the win from Aleesa Samuel.


Alex Sohn of Normal Community earned All-American status in the Shot Put with a 61-10.25 best (IL #2) to finish fourth overall.


Defending Class 2A state champion Paul Migas of Lakes Community earned indoor All-American honors for the second year in a row. The junior cleared 15-9 to finish in a tie for fourth-place in the Boys Championship Pole Vault. Libby Saloga of Rosary and Jocelyn Dieckman of DeKalb both cleared personal bests of 12-5.5 (IL #6 tie) in the Girls Championship Pole Vault. Dieckman finished 12th on misses while Saloga finished in a 13th place time. Kait McHale of Naperville central competed in the event clearing 11-11.75.


Katelyn Lehnen of Chatham-Glenwood had a great weekend in the sprints producing state leading times in both events. Lehnen ran a state leading time of 7.45 to finish eighth in the preliminary heat of the 60 Meter Dash. She missed qualifying for the finals in the event by one spot running 7.55 in the semis to finish ninth. She rebounded in the Rising Stars Girls 200 Meter Dash with a pair of great performances. Lehnen ran a state leading time of 24.14 to finish second overall in the preliminary heats. She came back to run 24.18 to finish second in the finals….

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