Future Illini shine in track
A pair of Illinois track signees breezed to the finals in their events at Friday's IHSA state track and field meet in Charleston.
Minooka's Tracy Moss, the fifth-ranked discus thrower coming into state, had the top throw of the day. Elmhurst York's Cecilia Williams advanced in the 1,600 and on the 3,200 relay.
Moss sent the discus 137-3 to lead the field by nearly 3 feet. Moss, who was third in the state in discus last year, missed qualifying for the shot by about 7 inches after a 37-5 effort.
"Discus is really my main event," Moss said. "I didn't have a good sectional, but I want to finish my career with a championship."
Williams had the second-best sectional time coming into the prelims and took third in her flight. Her time of 5:11.51 ranks 11th among the finalists, and her relay squad ranks third heading into today's action at 11:30 a.m.
"The prelims went pretty well," Williams said. "I think I got tired a little in my (1,600) heat. I should have run better."
While her big brother Victor is piling up rebounds and souvenirs in Australia, Liz Chukwudebe is working on a state medal. The Springfield Lanphier sophomore, younger sister of Illini senior-to-be Victor Chukwudebe, made the finals with a 38-1 throw in the shot put.
She had the fourth-best sectional throw in the state, but Friday's effort ranks her 10th among 12 finalists.