Girls Track: Bolingbrook takes SouthWest Suburban BlueJoliet West's Raven Moore came in 1st place in the 55 meter hurdles final at the SouthWest Suburban Red girls track meet held at Lockport on Saturday, March 10, 2012. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 10, 2012 7:00PM
The Bolingbrook track and field team raced out to an early lead and managed to hold off their seven conference foes Saturday to earn the SouthWest Suburban Blue indoor track title.
The Raiders totaled 129 points and received contributions throughout their lineup to beat Sandburg (84) and Joliet West (83). Host Lockport was just behind in fourth with 80 points.
“I want us to be happy with the meet but use our performance as fuel to break personal records in the outdoor season,” Bolingbrook coach Howard Birmingham said. “Our coaching staff has done a great job preparing the team, and every single person has come out and worked hard.”
Senior Kayla Bell swept the sand pits, taking home firsts in the long jump (17 feet, 2 inches) and the triple jump (35-4).
“This is where I’m going to make my stand,” Bell said. “My goal is to make state, and this is the start. I’ve been beating my personal record every meet so far this season.”
Bolingbrook also received top finishes from Kim Azie (55 meters and 200), Kym Taylor (400), and their 800 and mile relay teams.
Lockport received a strong showing from its distance and field teams. Megan O’Brien won the 2-mile run and Stephanie Sanders took the mile. In the field, Jessi Wernsman high jumped 5 feet for the title, and returning state qualifier Krista Nauseda pole vaulted 10-6.
“It’s exciting to win, but we’re using the indoor season to really prepare for the outdoor season. Outdoor is what’s important to us,” Nauseda said.
Raven Moore won the competitive 55 hurdles for Joliet West. She clocked in at 9 minutes.
Lincoln-Way Central finished in fifth with 37 points, and Joliet Central was just behind with 32. Lincoln-Way East finished seventh with 10 points.