Oh baby, did she get excited.
Glenbrook South girls track and field coach Meaghan Fastert, who has a baby due in June, admitted that she might’ve gone a little overboard during the long-jump competition at the Class 3A Loyola Academy Sectional on May 11.
But, who could blame her?
Raelyn Roberson, one of GBS’s young phenoms, blew it up on her second attempt. The tale of the tape: 17 feet, 11 ¾ inches.
Her first-place leap might not have exceeded expectations — the sky is the limit with this freshman — but Roberson did better her personal best by more than a foot.
More … than … a … foot.
“I got pretty excited watching her,” said Fastert, a first-year head coach with the Titans. “Jumping up and down.
“I probably freaked the baby,” she added, with a smile.
Roberson is trending well. She won the CSL South title on May 4 with a leap of 16-11 ¼.
“She just competes and never makes excuses,” said Fastert. “She just keeps pushing herself.
“It’s amazing to be able to coach an athlete like her,” the coach added.
Roberson also made the state cut in the 100 meters (12.49).
But Roberson is just one of several Titans earning berths to this weekend’s state meet in Charleston.
The list also includes freshman Annie Streb in the high jump (1st, 5-3) and triple jump (2nd, 36-6 ½); sophomore Taylor Ozimek in the high jump (2nd, 5-1); junior Bailey Smith in the 100 hurdles (3rd, 15.53); sophomore Lauren Hayes in the 800 meters (3rd, 2:16.50); junior Emily Noone in the 800 meters (8th, 2:19.86); freshman Kate Jortberg in the 1600 meters (6th, 5:09.99); and the 4×400 relay of Streb, Noone, Hayes and sophomore Taylor Ozimek (3rd, 4:04.12).
Glenbrook South wound up second (68 points) in the team standings behind New Trier (114 ½). Evanston was third with 66 points.
“Our girls looked at this meet as just another meet,” said Fastert. “It’s neat to watch these kids work day in and day out and then have it pay off.”
Streb’s success is not a surprise. She claimed runner-up honors in the high jump (5-0) and triple jump (35-3 ½) at the league meet. She ran a 26.96 200-meter time on April 28 at the Niles North Invite.
“She’s a risk taker. She’s fearless,” said Fastert. “She just goes for it. She’s a fun athlete to work with.”
Fastert also loved what Smith did in the 100 hurdles. Coming into this meet, her best time was 16.35.
“She knows what she wants, and she goes after it,” said the GBS coach.
Glenbrook South Boys Track
The Titans took fifth at the CSL South Meet at Niles West on May 12.
The team’s top placers included senior Sam Cowhey in the high jump (2nd, 5-11), senior Jack Kelly in the pole vault (3rd, 12-7), senior Alex Sanchez in the 3200 (3rd, 9:46.63), junior Matt Jortberg in the 1600 (4th, 4:30.45), junior Armani Ubeid in the high jump (4th, 5-5) and junior Hayden Goldspink in the pole vault (5th, 11-1).