At the IHSA Class 3A girls track and field sectionals on June 3 at Bennett Field in Western Springs, the Lyons Township High School team placed third overall with 86 points and advanced two relays and five individuals to the state finals on June 12.

“Our times were outstanding,” said LTHS coach Greg Frandsen. “We qualified most of the events that we thought we’d qualify in. … and we’re happy with the group we’re taking to the state meet.”

Senior Kate Dickman had a great evening for the Lions. She pushed Oak Park and River Forest’s Josephine Welin, one of the state’s premier distance runners, in the 1,600-meter race, placing second in a time of 4 minutes, 46.50 seconds. Despite setting a new school record, Dickman finished two seconds behind Welin. Later, Dickman was the anchor on LTHS’ victorious 1,600 relay, which had a time of 4:01.31.

“There aren’t many who can run what Kate ran and finish second,” Frandsen said. “I’m sure there’s no other sectional that had faster times.”

The Lions also advanced 400 meter relay to the state meeting, placing second at sectionals with a time of 49.22 seconds. Five individuals advanced to the 3A state finals, including sophomore Emma Kwak, who established new personal bests while finishing second in both the 100 and 200 meter races, and senior London White took second in both the 100 and 300 hurdles, setting a new school record in the latter with a time of 48.52 seconds. 

RBHS girls finish season at sectionals

Despite posting personal-best performances in multiple events, the Riverside-Brookfield High School girls track and field team was unable to advance any individuals or relays from the LTHS Sectional.

RB’s Ashley Vasquez competes 400-meter relay on Thursday, June 4, 2021, during a track and field meet at Lyons Township South campus. | ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

However, the Bulldogs finished third at the Metro Suburban Blue Conference meet, where they turned in six all-conference performances, at Wheaton-St. Francis on May 28 with 73 points. 

Sophomore Bryce Pacourek won the 800 meters in a time of 2:33.28. She also placed fourth in the 1,600 meters and was the anchor on the 1,600 relay that finished fourth.

Sophomore Quinn Kahle and freshman Lily Kocourek were other top athletes for the Bulldogs. Kahle was RB’s top sprinter and also placed third in the high jump at the conference meet, while Kocourek was fifth in the 800 meters and eighth in the 1,600.

RBHS boys claim conference crown

Riverside-Brookfild High School’s boys track and field team claimed the Metro Suburban Blue championship on June 4 at Elmwood Park High School with 128 points. 

“In a year that could easily go down as one of the most challenging seasons both academically and athletically, the boys showed up daily to practice, put in the work, and competed with heart at the biggest meet,” RBHS coach David Weishar said.

Junior Paul Proteau had an outstanding day, winning the 1,600 meters at 4:42.99 and running a leg on both of the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relays. He also established a personal-best in the 800 meters, placing second at 2:00.46.

RBHS freshman James Dalton won the 400 meters with a time of 52.62 seconds. The Bulldogs also won the 800 relay in 1:38.05, the 1,600 relay in 3:37.16, and the 3,200 relay in 8:31.63.

Dalton and Proteau were among eight RBHS athletes to merit all-conference status. The others were freshmen Cooper Marrs, Hayden Marrs, Jack O’Brien and Luke Smithing; junior Matt Agnew; and senior Miles Rubio.

The Bulldogs will compete in the IHSA Class 3A Morton Sectional on June 10. 

LTHS boys 5th at WSC-Silver meet

The Lyons Township High School boys track and field team placed fifth with 64 points at the West Suburban Silver Conference meet June 2 at Proviso West High School in Hillside.

Junior Tyler Vizgirda won the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 39.59 seconds, while the 3,200-meter relay team of Charlie McLawhorn, Cade Nelson, Charles McMahon and Jocquel Thorpe won in 7:52.55.

Other notable individual performances for the Lions were turned in by Thorpe in the 800 (2nd, personal-best 1:55.96), Owen Hays in the 1,600 (3rd, 4:23.67), Sawyer Madell in the 3,200 (3rd, 9:39.04) and Alec Hill in the 100 hurdles (3rd, 16.28). 

The 400 relay of Tyler Simms, John Cheney, Beau Brown and Vizgirda finished third at 45.62.

LTHS will participate in the IHSA Class 3A Naperville North Sectional on June 10.