Naperville Central runs to its second straight girls track and field outdoor DVC title

Naperville Central is the host for the girls track and field DVC meet. The host Redhawks come in as defending champs along with winning the indoor title back in March. Five other teams are in attendance looking to stop the hawks and run for new times and PR’s with sectionals next week. This highlight is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

Get that sand raked out because we’re starting with the triple jump. Neuqua Valley’s Gabi Karvelis comes running down the track and jumps her way to 35 and four inches. She takes third place but wins the long jump. Up next is Central’s Brooke Swatzky whose jumps to a first place finish at 35 and 9.25  inches.

Kait McHale sets a new personal best

We go to the pole vault with Kait McHale from Central who clears 13 feet which is a new personal record. That helps McHale to the first place spot.

Now let’s go racing in the 4 by 8 meter relay. Metea’s group of Maya Hall, Samantha and Taylor Poces Bell, along with Gianna Cannek win this race in dominant fashion by five seconds ahead of Naperville North. 

Time to run two miles with the 3200. A runner that shouldn;t surprise anyone is Central Liv Phillips who leaves everyone in the dust. She wins with a time of ten minutes and forty nine seconds. North’s Logan Brennan comes in second followed by teammate Shanie Tendon. Phillips’s partner Ava Hendron comes in fourth. 

Brooke Sawatzky sweeps the hurdles

Hurdles are on the track which means we’re running the 100 meter hurdles. This event is a fantasy land for Brooke Sawatzky who wins this race along with the 300 meter hurdles later in the meet. 

Neuqua with a strong showing in the sprints and relays

Hurdles are off, and now we run 100 meters as Neuqua’s Chioma Anyaegbunam fly’s to the finish line in first place. She also wins the 200 meter dash later on. 

Wildcats keep the momentum in the 4 by 2 with the group of Tolu Aremu, Lauren Ammenhauser, Anyaegbunam, and Karvelis taking the cake by two seconds ahead of Naperville Central. 

Naperville North gets a win in the mile Julie Piot. She runs to a time of five minutes and three seconds followed by Neuqua’s Carissa Hamilton in second and Central’s Abby Mogg in third. 

Sophie Kusserow from Central comes back strong

We run a lap in the 400 meter dash. Central’s Sophie Kusserow is back from injury and makes her presence felt count in a big way by winning the race with a time of 57.83 seconds. For a second straight season Naperville Central is your girls outdoor track and field DVC champion. All that excitement is good enough for head coach Phil Allen to do the griddy. The Redhawks finish with 163 points ahead of Neuqua Valley and Naperville North. Sectionals are up next.

Full results from the meet can be found at

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