DeKALB – One member of the DeKalb girls track and field team will be competing in the state meet next weekend at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and it won’t be her first time there.
Kelsey Schrader will be going to state for the third time in her career. The senior distance runner qualified in the 1,600-meter run as well as the 3,200 in Thursday night's Class 3A DeKalb Sectional.
“In the [3,200], it wasn’t the best. I had some hip issues, but I tried to refocus myself for the mile and tried to really take care of the issues that I needed to,” Schrader said. “I felt much better in the [1,600], and I was able to comeback and run a state time.”
DeKalb finished 13th overall with 12 points. Barbs coach Stefan Hueber said it was a tough sectional. Cary-Grove won the meet with 127 points, while Huntley was second with 62.
“It’s harder to score at the sectional meet with all of these larger schools coming in with a lot of depth,” Hueber said. “Overall, we did very well. Sending Kelsey to state was kind of a given for us – we are very happy for her, but we had a few heartbreaks.”
One of those heartbreaks came in the 1,600, where Schrader finished with a time of 5:12.61. She took sixth place and finished faster than the IHSA's state-qualifying mark.
Teammate Monica York finished eighth in the race with a time of 5:14.61, which four-tenths of a second away from the qualifying standard.
“Monica has been very hard-working this year and we are incredibly heartbroken for her,” Hueber said. “Just the transformation she has made [over] the last couple of years has been incredible and we are incredibly proud of her.”
Schrader, who finished sixth in a race in which seven milers qualified for state, said it was a tough race with such a big pack.
“In a race like this, you know it’s going to be crazy competitive,” Schrader said. “Coming into it, there were already two girls under five minutes in the mile, so you knew it was going to be really fast.”
In the 3,200, Schrader finished second with a time of 11:14.38. Schrader finished behind friend and longtime competitor Carley Lutzow of Belvidere North. Schrader said it was nice to compete against Lutzow.
“We have been around each other and raced, so it was really great having someone along with me, especially someone that I have run with for so long,” Schrader said.
DeKalb distance coach Mike Wolf said Schrader had two nice races in the sectional.
“The idea is to qualify and she qualified in both, so we are really happy with that,” Wolf said. “We are also happy that she looked stronger in the mile than the two-mile, so that is always a good thing. I was happy for her to get through.”
Another notable finish from the Barbs came from Brittney Patrick. Patrick finished fifth in the long jump with a jump of 16-1. She also finished sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 33-4.5.