Huntley’s Alex and Dominique Johnson and Prairie Ridge’s Rylee Lydon will have to wait until the weekend to chase Fox Valley Conference records in long, triple and high jumps.
While it’s frustrating that the rainy, low 50-degree weather forced the postponement of the field portion of the FVC Girls’ Track and Field Meet, it also means that three of the conference’s best jumpers in history will compete in 75-degree weather on Monday at Huntley’s Red Raider Stadium.
The racing events went as planned in Hampshire, with Lydon and the Johnsons each winning two events. Huntley’s Vicky Evtimov rode three winning stints – 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 – and finished second behind Alex Johnson in the 100.
The Red Raiders have 90 points to lead the encounter with the remaining six events. Prairie Ridge (67), Cary-Grove (63) and McHenry (58) are next.
Lydon has won the 400 and 200m and is aiming for the oldest record in the competition, 5-8 in the high jump, set in 1980 by Mary Swenson of Crystal Lake South. The second oldest record is Dundee-Crown’s Juliet Alrich 400 mark of 56.32 from 2006.
In good weather, Lydon might have approached that mark, but the double-digit winds didn’t help on Friday.
“At this point I was hoping for faster times, but with less than ideal weather and the wind was super strong in the backstretch, it knocked me out a bit,” said Lydon. “I can’t complain about the win, but I really want a better time.
“I can’t wait to (jump on Monday). Warmer weather, muscles will be nice and loose and ready to go. Hope to jump high enough on Monday, can’t wait for it.”
Alex Johnson will shoot for his own long jump mark at 19-0 on Monday. The two Johnson sisters, who outshot 40-0 in the triple jump, could secure Huntley’s Daryn Davis triple jump record of 38-1.
“It’s definitely going to be a better day. I’ll do better on Monday,” said Alex Johnson.
Most of the FVC teams will be back in Huntley for the Class 3A sectional encounter on Wednesday.
“I plan on not doing so many jumps on Monday, just repetition,” said Alex Johnson. “I’m pretty happy with my ranking in the state, I want to make a good cup jump.”
Johnson won the 100 and raced with Evtimoiv, Jessie Ozzato and Sophie Amin to win the 4×100. Evtimov, Anna and Sammi Campanelli and K’Leigh Saenz won the 4×200, and Dominique Johnson, Sammi Campanelli, Evtimov and Ozzauto won the 4×400.
Huntley’s Breanna and Brittney Burak finished first and third in the 1600m for more big points.
McHenry’s Alyssa Moore anchored the Warriors’ winning 4×800 team with Peyton Stinger, Lydia Zancho and Lynda Rotundo, then won the 800 as well.
“Everyone did well and we broke a team (personal best) by two seconds,” Moore said. 4×800. “I liked how the 800 started with us all together and after a while we started to go our separate ways. Hopefully I can cut my time down to 2:17 and get to the state.”
Rachel Soukup of Prairie Ridge won the 3200m, Lindsey Kownick of Cary-Grove won the 100m high hurdles and Ashley Ciezadlo of Crystal Lake South won the 300m hurdles.
“It was really exciting for me, it’s a big accomplishment,” Kownick said. “It’s going well. I’ve been hurdling for about four years and I’ve done really well this season. It was one of my two best races. I had great spirit, good form , everything. Everything went really well today. well today.”
Ciezadlo was running only his third hurdle race and ran a 48.90. Ciezadlo has previously raced 100s and 200s and competed with the Gators 4×400 relay.
“I raced the 4×400,” she said. “I have the stamina that I didn’t have in previous years. Since sixth grade I’ve always wanted to try hurdles. My height helps and having them low helps.
“I was looking forward to coming here because the field events were postponed. I knew I had a lot of potential in this race. Hopefully I’ll say that.”