Pure bliss. Just as she crossed the finish line, a euphoric Ana Francesca Curry couldn’t hold back her emotions.
She erupted with joy.
No agony. All ecstasy.
“Sorry for all of the screaming,” said the elated Lake Forest High junior sprinter, after anchoring the winning 4×100 relay at the Class 3A Loyola Academy Sectional on May 11. “I’m just so excited.”
Curry teamed up with senior Haley Click, freshman Sydney Leonardi and junior Kamila Obrzut to record a time of 49.38 and edge out top-seeded Evanston (49.44).
“Give all the glory to God,” said Curry, who attends Christ Church in Lake Forest. “I put my faith in Him.
“And I also have faith in my teammates and coaches,” she added. “They push me to be my best. My motto is: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me [Philippians 4:13].’ ”
It was a good day all around for LF’s relay corps.
The Scouts, who finished fourth in the team standings (51 points) behind New Trier (114 ½), Glenbrook South (68) and Evanston, opened the meet by taking third (9:34.21) and beating the state cut in 4×800 relay with junior Emma Milburn, junior Grace Bentley, sophomore Courtney Schmidt and senior Sydney Barber.
Then, in the meet’s finale, the foursome of Milburn, Bentley, Barber and Click rushed to a runner-up finish in the 4×400 relay. They beat the state cut by four seconds (4:00.63). New Trier won the race in 3:59.24.
Click had another sparkling day on the track. In addition to advancing to this weekend’s state meet in Charleston in two relays, the highly motivated University of Michigan recruit took the gold in the 300-meter hurdles.
Her career-best time of 44.91 was just enough to nip Evanston’s Tauja Foreman (44.93). The school record (44.74), owned by current LF assistant Katie Darraugh, remains in her sight.
Meanwhile, without a doubt, one of premier events in the LA Sectional was the 800 meters. Eight competitors, including Milburn, beat the state standard.
Milburn placed fifth in a time of 2:16.97 behind Loyola’s Margot Dooley (2:15.89), New Trier’s Savannah Noethlich (2:16.49), Glenbrook South’s Lauren Hayes (2:16.50) and Mather’s Rebecca Odusola (2:16.90) and ahead of Evanston’s Enyaeva Michelin (2:17.18), Highland Park’s Stephanie Kriss (2:17.91) and Glenbrook South’s Emily Noone (2:19.86).
Milburn, who ran a personal best (2:14.40) at the Distance Night in Palatine meet on April 22, took sixth in the 800 at last year’s state meet (2:14.95).
LF’s other state qualifier is senior Olivia Vallone. She placed second in the 100 hurdles in a personal-best and state-cut time of 15.49.
LF Boys Track
The Scouts placed seventh in the North Suburban Conference Meet at Warren High School on May 11. They finished with 41 points. Lake Zurich won with 117 points.
LF’s top placers included sophomore Tyjaun Scott in the high jump (2nd, 5-11), junior Landon Edwards in the high jump (3rd, 5-11) senior Spencer Oakley in the pole vault (3rd, 10-7).