DeKALB – Jasmine Brown didn’t mind when bad weather pushed the long jump and triple jump events in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Girls Track and Field Championships inside the DeKalb field house.
The DeKalb senior had spent countless days practicing indoors on the runway during the winter months and into the early spring.
“I actually kind of liked [going inside] because it’s been a really bad season, rainy,” Brown said. “It’s good to just go in there and I don’t have to worry about that.”
On Friday, Brown took advantage of the indoor environment, winning conference titles in both events. Brown also was part of DeKalb’s 4x100-meter relay team that took second place in 51.59 seconds. She was joined by Kara Alvarez, Alex Sommer and Brittney Patrick.
Brown, who took second place in the triple jump at conference last year as a junior, finished in first with a mark of 38 feet, 2 inches to win by four feet. She jumped 17-11.5 in the long jump.
But Brown will look to improve on both marks next week in the Class 3A Belvidere North Sectional.
“In triple, I scratched what looked like a 40-foot jump, so it was kind of bittersweet with that,” Brown said.
Kaneland finished second in the team scores while DeKalb was fourth and Sycamore took sixth.
Sycamore’s Christina Dailey (34-2) and Lilia Edwards (33-6) finished second and third, respectively, in the triple jump behind Brown. Kaneland’s Ashley Castellanos was fourth. Edwards also finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 16-8.25.
Kaneland junior Lauren Zick won all three of her running events, taking first in the 100, 200 and 400.
“Last year I was injured most of the season, so it was kind of rough having to work through that,” Zick said. “This year I’ve been healthy. ... I’ve been running good, I’ve been feeling good.”
Zick’s only loss came to Brown in the long jump, where she was edged by three inches to finish second. Although Zick doesn’t know for certain what events she’ll compete in next week in the Class 2A Burlington Central Sectional, she hopes to use the conference meet as a springboard moving forward.
“It’s definitely a confidence-booster,” Zick said. “Next week [sectionals are] going to be loaded, too. It’s almost like a [preparation] basically to get ready for the sectional meet, and then eventually the state meet, too.”
DeKalb junior Kelsey Schrader finished fourth in the 800 and second in the 1,600. Ayslin Nachman was fifth in the 100 and second in the 200 while Alvarez took third in the high jump with a height of 5-0.
DeKalb freshman Savannah Long ran a personal-best time of 50.31 in the 300 hurdles to take fourth, and fellow freshman Patrick was fifth in the long jump.
Sycamore freshman Lauren Goff was third in the 400, and Maggie Lalowski finished fourth in the 1,600. Sarah Grant took sixth in the discus.
Kaneland’s Christina Delach took second in the pole vault with a mark of 9-3 and the Knights’ Elle Tattoni was second in the discus. Brianna Bower finished third in the 3,200 at 11:33. Kaneland’s 4x400 team finished in first place.