Back on track

As the Antioch girls first track meet was canceled due to the weather conditions on Feb. 16, they came into Friday nights meet eager to start their season out strong.


Julia Kraus

The underclassmen girl track members participate in the 60-meter dash.

On Friday Feb. 24, the Antioch and Lakes girls track programs hosted the D117 Co-ed Quad meet. The meet featured a variety of schools including: Lakes, Lake Forest, Vernon Hills, and Zion Benton. This meet was held in the McKay Center located at Lakes Community High School.

The girls came into this meet hoping to start their season off with great races. This meet gave the athletes an opportunity to showcase their talent early in the year, while giving the coaches an idea of what the upcoming season will look like.

Although this meet was structured like a warm up meet, many of the athletes hoped to continue with the success they experienced last year. Sophomore Piper Ipsen came into her first track meet of the season excited to see improvement from her freshman year.

“I felt that I picked up right where I left off from last year,” Ispen said. “I feel that the girls track team has improved a ton since last year and I am very excited for a promising season for the track program as a whole.”

For some athletes this “practice” meet gave them a way to ease into the track season. Since the girls track team consists heavily of underclassmen, for some, this was their first ever high school track meets. For sophomore Madisen Schine, this holds true.

“Going into my first ever high school track meet I was super nervous and excited at the same time,” Schine said. “I felt like competing in a meet with a small number of schools was a great way to start our season off.”

Along with many of the track athletes, sophomore Rosie Gonzalez was pleased with her races after running in the D117 Quad. However, she is still hopeful for improvement.

“I felt very accomplished after the meet,” Rosie said. “Although I knew it wasn’t my best, it was definitely a great start and I am super excited to see what the future holds.”

The Sequoit girls track team has many more meets ahead of them this winter and spring seasons. They are hopeful to see lots of improvements along the way. The girls participate in their first large invitational his Saturday Mar. 4. This meet features over 20 schools from the Chicagoland area. The Sequoits hope to have a great showing at this meet as they take the track for the second time this season.