Becky Phillips

Though far from full strength, Lyons Township High School girls track and field team came just 10 points from winning the indoor West Suburban Conference Silver Division Meet on March 18, placing third overall.

While the 2021 Lions won their ninth straight sectional title, they are seeking to win arguably the state’s toughest conference outdoors since 2014.

“This year, the conference has a lot of parity and almost any team has a shot at being conference champs [outdoors],” coach Greg Frandsen said. “We are looking to get healthy and to keep progressing.” 

Juniors Becky Phillips and Emma Kwak and senior Ava Kuhlman competed at state last season. 

Phillips was part of the top-nine, all-state 1,600-meter relay (8th, 4:02.77). Kwak, Kuhlman and Phillips were with the state-qualifying 400 relay (14th, 49.44) and Kwak also advanced individually in the 100 (22nd, 12.75) and 200 (23rd, 26.87).

On March 18, Phillips won the 400 (1:01.58) and Kwak and Kuhlman joined with senior Nora Gannon and junior Claire McVady in winning the 800 relay at the indoor WSC Silver Meet (1:50.04). 

Senior Kira Krzemkowski won high jump (5-1) and was second in long jump (16-6), an event she’s added to triple jump. Krzemkowski was second outdoors in high jump with 5-1, losing on a tiebreaker.

Junior Catherine Sommerfeld earned top-25, all-state honors in cross country Nov. 6 (12th) after just missing a 2021 state track berth in the 1,600 (5:08.85) by .71 at sectionals. She already ran 5:13.9 early this indoor season before an injury and then returned at the indoor Silver Meet on the second-place 3,200 relay with sophomore Shannon Cranny, junior Scarlett Lestina and sophomore Anna Bylsma (9:39.45) that was the No. 7 best reported 3A time this indoor season.   

Senior Bella Mitchell is the defending WSC Silver champion in shot put (10.65m/34-11¼ feet) and was second indoors (34-7½).

Others to watch include seniors Megan Quinlan and Brooke Chomko, juniors Molly Hill and Charlotte Lange, sophomores Kristina Findley, Madison Findley, Lauren Bohringer and Julianne Melby and freshmen Leigh Ferrell, Jordan Hoffenberg and Taya Ramana. Ferrell’s 9-6 set the frosh-soph indoor pole vault record.

LTHS boys strong in distance races

Hayden Constas

Senior and Tulane recruit Charlie McLawhorn returns from the all-state 3,200 relay (5th, 7:56.36) that gives the Lions seven top-nine, all-state event finishes at the last eight state meets. Senior Hayden Constas was a state alternate.

McLawhorn’s 4:23.72 in the 1,600 barely missed the state-qualifying cut and he won the 3,200 (9:36.06) at the indoor WSC Silver Meet on March 18. 

McLawhorn probably would have also earned top-25, all-state cross country honors Nov. 6 if not for suffering an ankle injury during sectionals and ending up 106th. Senior Finn Gallagher (35th), sophomore Nick Strayer (46th) and Constas (72nd) were the top three state cross country finishers for the 12th-place Lions.

Senior Isaiah Lopez (44-0 in shot) and junior Will DiSessa (43-0 in triple jump) each were second at the indoor WSC Silver Meet. Junior Jack Rempfer (400 in 53.55) and the 800 relay of seniors Jake Heetel, Quinn Coleman and T.J. Disessa and junior Nico Henley (1:38.29) were fourth. Others to watch are juniors Michael Ferrell and Matt McGovern, sophomore Cillian Henning and senior Tommy Blatt.