Hinckley-Big Rock, senior Weissinger won the high jump in the Don Gooden Invitational last weekend at Mendota. The senior cleared 6 feet, 3 inches, also his mark at the state meet last year.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Genoa-Kingston, Hinckley-Big Rock at Seneca Invite, 4 p.m. Friday A couple weeks into the outdoor season, both teams will get a chance to face good competition.
Sycamore, Kaneland, DeKalb at Ottawa Invite, noon Saturday The three Northern Illinois Big 12 boys teams compete against each other for the first time in the outdoor season.
1. Jasmine Brown, DeKalb, sr., TJ/LJ: Double-winner at Holmes Invite 2. Dion Hooker, Sycamore, so., 100: Was fourth at indoor Top Times in the 60 3. Billy Weissinger, Hinckley-Big Rock, sr., HJ: Already cleared 6-3 early in season 4. Lauren Zick, Kaneland, jr., 400: Broke 1-minute mark at Holmes 5. Dylan Nauert, Kaneland, jr., 300 hurdles: Won event at Kiwanis ABC meet in East Moline 6. Danielle Neisendorf, Genoa-Kingston, sr., HJ: Easily won event at multiple dual meets so far 7. Nate Dyer, Kaneland, jr., SP: Broke 52-foot mark at Kiwanis ABC meet 8. Kelsey Schrader, DeKalb, jr., 1,600/3,200: Won both events in strong field at Holmes Invite 9. Lilia Edwards, Sycamore, so., 100 hurdles: Third in hurdles at Holmes 10. Ashley Castellanos, Kaneland, sr., TJ: Second to Brown at Holmes
NOTES: Weissinger aims to stay healthy
Hinckley-Big Rock senior Billy Weissinger never was 100 percent toward the end of last year. An ankle injury in April saw him miss most of the year before coming back for the postseason and qualifying for the state meet.
Weissinger managed to make the medal stand, but fell short of his state mark of 6 feet, 6 inches from his sophomore year.
But this season, Weissinger already has cleared 6-3, hitting the mark at Mendota’s Don Gooden Invitational on Saturday.
“It was one of those days that the wind really played some havoc in the high jump,” H-BR coach Greg Burks said. “The key in that event is consistency.”
If Weissinger remains healthy, he likely will be in contention for a top three or top five finish at state. Point guards battle on track
One of the best basketball matchups to watch over the next few seasons will be the point guard battle between DeKalb’s Brittany Patrick and Sycamore’s Lauren Goff. Both started as freshmen for their respective teams this season and should only get better as they adjust to the varsity level.
Now that basketball season has passed, both have moved to the track and ran against each other in the 100-meter dash in Kaneland’s Holmes Invitational on Saturday. Goff edged Patrick in the preliminaries and the Sycamore freshman qualified for the finals, where she finished 11th in 13.51 seconds.
VIEWS: Local teams dominating distance events
Kaneland sophomore Victoria Clinton won the Class 2A cross country state championship by 11 seconds in the fall, but didn’t even take first in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet.
Such is life for a local girls distance runner, who has to compete weekly against some of the best talent in the state. The cross country season proved such and it’s going to be play out again in track’s outdoor session. We’re less than two weeks into April and already the local schools are dominating the distance events.
At Kaneland’s Holmes Invitational, DeKalb, Kaneland and Sycamore runners took the top six spots of the 3,200-meter run while also placing six in the top eight of the 1,600. DeKalb’s Kelsey Schrader won both events, but she certainly isn’t lacking for competition.
Clinton, who didn’t run track as a freshman, is just starting to get into shape after skipping indoor season and training primarily for triathlons during the winter months. She took second to Schrader in the 1,600, but didn’t run the two-mile event. Kaneland coach Doug Ecker expects her to get much stronger as the season progresses and her distance endurance returns.
Sycamore junior Maggie Lalowski took fourth in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200 while Kaneland freshman Brianna Bower was one place better than Lalowski in each event.
Kaneland won the 4x800 relay to boot.
While every distance runner might not attempt the distance double when the postseason rolls around in May, it’ll be interesting to see how coaches use their distance runners to score points in the upcoming meets. Their decisions and the runners’ performances likely will determine a couple of meet championships.
• Ross Jacobson is the sports editor of the Daily Chronicle. He can be reached via email at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @RossJacobson.