Riverside-Brookfield High School senior Bryce Pacourek duplicated her 800-meter run performance in her return to the IHSA Class 3A girls track and field state meet on May 19.
Pacourek ran another lifetime-best of 2 minutes, 19.28 seconds to finish 20th in preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University after being seeded 35th of 36 qualifiers with her then second-fastest 2:22.81 at sectionals.
“I was extremely excited to end my high school running career with a [personal record],” Pacourek said. “One thing that helped me run faster was the higher level of competition. I was able to run with a lot of talented girls, which allowed me to push harder to chase them down.”
Pacourek continually made strides from taking 19th at state in 2022 (2:27.02) after a then-best 2:26.82 at sectionals.
Her time on May 19 bested her 2:21.99 from April. Also a four-time state qualifier in cross country, Pacourek will continue running at St. Thomas.
RBHS boys tennis
RBHS senior Santiago Herrera and junior Cameron Ramos and senior Noah Lenaghan and junior Ian Dimaano both reached the doubles quarterfinals of the IHSA Class 2A York Sectional, one victory from a state berth. Both teams lost 6-0, 6-0 to the eventual first and second-place finishers.
In singles, senior Marc Kaplan and junior Finnegan Wambay lost their opening matches.
The Bulldogs (18-8) ended their regular season beating St. Ignatius 12-2 in five innings on May 15 and Fenwick 10-0 on May 16 before losing to Lincoln-Way Central 16-4 in five innings on May 18.
RBHS begins IHSA Class 4A Regional play at home on May 24 against Eisenhower.
Home runs by Zoe Levine (2 for 3, 4 RBIs) and Emily Organ (3 for 4, 2 doubles) fueled the victory against St. Ignatius as well as Trinity Stevenson (3 hits, triple), Ellary Hastings (2 hits) and winning pitcher Abby Weinert (3 RBIs), who threw a four-hitter with one strikeout.
Stevenson pitched a three-hit shutout against Fenwick with two strikeouts. Lianna Noel (double, 2 RBIs) and Ellie Megall had two hits and Stevenson doubled.
Trailing Lincoln-Way Central 12-0, the Bulldogs had a three-run fourth. Organ doubled and Ella Jurgens, Levins and Hastings had RBIs.
The Bulldogs (20-10) reached 20 wins on May 22 by winning its regular-season finale 5-4 over Hinsdale Central. They begin IHSA Class 4A St. Rita Regional play May 25 against Morton.
RBHS also beat St. Ignatius 1-0 in eight innings on May 17 while losing to Oak Lawn and Stagg last week.
Against St. Ignatius, Cooper Marrs had the game-winning double with no outs after Luke Yachnin singled. Jake Tyler was 2 for 3 and winning pitcher Jacob Izaguirre doubled. Izaguirre pitched the final 1.1 innings with a strikeout after Marrs allowed just two hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Kevin Cronin (3 hits in 4 innings, 2 strikeouts) and Wyatt Murphy (3 innings, 0 hits, 3 strikeouts) pitched well against Stagg. Izaguirre had two hits and Tyler doubled against Oak Lawn.
The RBHS boys lacrosse team (4-14) lost 10-5 to St. Charles East in its opening match of the Lyons Township Sectional on May 17.
The RBHS girls (0-16) lost 15-2 to Plainfield East in its opening match of the Marist Sectional that same day.