HARVEY | Ivory Cassell has high standards.
"I have room for improvement," the Bloom Township stalwart said after winning three of the four events she competed in during Saturday's Carol Urich Invitational at Thornton.
That room doesn't appear to be much larger than a small closet. Cassell won the long jump, anchored the Blazing Trojans' winning 400-meter relay, and won the 100. But where others applauded her, she saw flaws.
Of her long jump victory, achieved with a leap of 17 feet, 2 1/2 inches, she noted that distance was achieved in the preliminary round.
"I scratched all three times in the finals," Cassell said. "I was just a little ahead of the board."
The same thing was true in the triple jump, though it happened in the qualifying session, and thus possibly prevented her from scoring 40 points for Bloom rather than 30.
Cassell's being just a bit off may have been because Bloom hadn't had a meet in three weeks, thanks to the weather. Good timing comes with repetition, and Cassell hasn't been able to do much more than practice.
The pent-up energy was expended on the track. A pair of solid exchanges, the last giving the baton to Cassell, pulled Bloom ahead of Thornton in last half of the 400 relay. And Cassell, running hard through the finish line, won the 100 by 0.2 over Hillcrest's Desiree Wilson with a hand clocking of 11.7.
Thornton junior Frodine Adams surprised in the 200, taking the lead with about 40 meters to go and beating Blooms Jeanette Coleman to the line with a winning time of 25.7.
"I picked up my speed at the curve," Adams said, "then sprint the straightaway."
That worked, Adams posting her best time of the season on her home track.
"It feels wonderful," Adams said.
Pedra Hicks was the bright spot for Thornridge, winning the 300 hurdles in 48.1, knocking off favorite Destini Artis of Hillcrest in the process. Thornwood's Janez Wilson won the discus with a throw of 105 feet, 2 inches, nearly six feet better than runner-up Courtney Grever of Lincoln-Way East.