Julian places third at State

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The Julian girls' track and field team placed third at State.

Brittany Smith led the way with two second place finishes. Smith was last year's State champ in the shot put and fourth in the discus. She ends her career with four All-State medals. Her tosses of 33-8 (shot put) and 97-3 (discus) helped her finish second in both events this year.

Olivia Bird placed third in the mile with a time of 5:15, bettering her own school record. Bird also placed fifth in the half mile in 2:25. Head coach Dave Benson called the performance "one of the gutsiest things I've seen in coaching." At the 200-meter mark, a runner girl cut in front of Bird and they tangled feet. The other girl fell face first to the track and Olivia stumbled three or four strides until her hands hit the ground. She kept her composure and still beat the majority of the field. The first and second place finishers both set the state record.

Katie Bell, a 7th-grader, became Julian's first pole vault All-Stater in the school's first year of the event. She placed seventh and cleared 6-9.

The 4x400 team of Kaci Cunningham, Katherine Rack, Evangelie Zachos and Bird placed ninth in a school record 4:21.4.

The 7th grade girls 4x200 of Maya Bird-Murphy, Raven Adams, Camille Range, and Jennifer Joseph placed ninth as well in 1:56.2.

The 7th grade girls 4x100 of Danielle Stevens, Natalia Lang, Lauren Hoffman and Meghan Young placed eighth in 54.19.

The 8th grade grils 4x100 of Raven Whitlow, Collelah Deal, Rachel Waterford and Kaci Cunningham placed 19th in 54.77.

Seventh grader Katherine Rack, running as an 8th grader, placed 10th in the mile at 5:30 and 13th in the half at 2:29.

Frosh Huskies finish 29-2

The OPRF freshman softball team finished 29-2 overall this season and won a share of the West Suburban (Silver) Conference title. The Huskies lost only to conference co-champ Glenbard West, a defeat they avenged later in the season, and to previously unbeaten Glenbard North in the first game of a doubleheader split.

The Huskies also won the annual round robin tournament against New Trier and Downers South on May 14th in addition to defeating softball powerhouses Wheaton-Warrenville South, Sandburg, and Mother McAuley and Fenwick.

The Huskies were led by Sara Hutchinson and Carolyn Pluta (15-0). Hutchinson led all batters with a .575 batting average and six homers.

The highlight of the season came in the second inning of the April 27th home game against York. Kim Grimes, Hutchinson, and Reanna Davis his consecutive home runs.

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