GRAYSLAKE – Cary-Grove’s Morgan Schulz did not have enough energy left to catch Crystal Lake Central’s Celeste Madda or Hampshire’s Ashley Fouch in the 200 meters.
After crossing the finish line in third place, Schulz collapsed, then was helped off to the infield to ice her left knee and rest. The Trojans’ sophomore had done enough.
Schulz had won the 300 low hurdles two races earlier and anchored C-G’s winning 4x200 relay team to help the Trojans to their fifth consecutive team title at the Fox Valley Conference Girls Track and Field Meet Monday at Grayslake Central’s William C. Eiserman Stadium.
“I may have been disappointed because I wanted to win the 200, but I surprised myself,” said Schulz, who was celebrating her 16th birthday.
Schulz ran only her third 300 hurdles race in 45.56, only .27 off the meet record of Huntley’s Amy Fanella. As a team, the Trojans fought through some injuries to finish with 114 points, ahead of Huntley with 102. The Red Raiders were runners-up for the sixth straight year.
C-G’s Joslyn Nicholson (triple jump), Faith Furio (long jump) and Olivia Roehri (discus) won their field events, with freshman Nikki Freeman taking second to Roehri in the discus.
“It’s unbelievable. We have freshmen girls coming in, and Morgan running track for the first time, and doing all this,” Nicholson said. “It’s insane. [Head coach Mark] Anderson was a little worried. We all came together and work very hard.”
Anderson paced back and forth, sweating, until the team scores were announced before he sighed with relief.
“We kept saying that adversity creates opportunity,” Anderson said. “When things don’t go right, keep on pushing. Huntley was awesome tonight. We just had to make the best of it.”
Roehri threw 127-1 in the discus to set the meet record. Hampshire’s Jenny Dumoulin threw 40-4 in the shot put, also setting the meet record. Roehri, a sophomore, did not realize she had the record.
"I had a really awesome finals," Roehri said. "I had throws of 124, 123 and 127-1 on my last throw. Those all would qualify for state. As a sophomore, this is really cool."
Jacobs’ Molly Barnes, Tori Tamburrino, Sam Baran and Lauren Van Vlierbergen ran 9:33.07 to break the 4x800 relay record. Van Vlierbergen went on to win the 800 and 1,600.
“We really wanted to break the 4x8 record,” Van Vlierbergen said. “And that’s under state-qualifying too.”
Crystal Lake Central’s Celeste Madda won the 100 and 200, and also took fourth in the 400 out of a slower heat. Fouch was third in the 100, second in the 200 and won the 400 to help the Whip-Purs to the FVC Fox Division title. C-G won the FVC Valley championship.
“I was nervous about Ashley [Fouch] in the 100,” Madda said. “In the 200, I felt so fast. Coming around the curve I really wanted to win the 100 and 200.”
Huntley’s Omo Tseumah won the high jump, but was unable to break the FVC Meet’s oldest record of 5-8, set by Crystal Lake South’s Mary Swenson in 1980. The Raiders’ Macy Tramblay had a strong meet, winning the 100 high hurdles, running a leg of the winning 4x100 relay and taking third in triple jump. Her 100 high hurdles time of 15.06 was her career-best.
“I was surprised by that,” Tramblay said. “I did everything I usually do, and the results showed that all my hard work has paid off.”