CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Technique brought Crete-Monee's Tineja Foy to the precipice of victory in the 100-meter hurdles in Tuesday's Southland Conference girls track championship at Bloom's Sarff Field.
Pure guts took Foy to the finish line first, just ahead of Rich South's Natasha Seymour.
Foy, a sophomore, was just behind Seymour and Bloom Township's Justice Howard most of the way, and with two hurdles to go, it was those three in the race for first. Seymour led over the last hurdle, which Howard stumbled over, but Foy was gaining, and caught her and pulled away in the final 15 meters.
"This was really good," Foy said. "I've been trying to get her since the last time I raced against her. I almost got her last time. Last time, I had a bad trail leg. I didn't pull it hard enough (over the hurdle)."
Between that and snapping her lead leg over the hurdle, Foy was able to keep pace with the others. The big push at the finish gave her a figurative leg up, 15.54 seconds to Seymour's 15.58, quite the showing for someone in her first year of hurdling.
There was more. It wasn't much later that Foy ran away in the 300-meter hurdles. This one was no contest; Foy clocked in 45.52 seconds compared to runner-up Seymour's (48.58) and Bloom's LaTina Lewis taking third (49.81).
To top off her day, Foy ran the second leg of Crete-Monee's 1,600-meter relay, and moved the Warriors from third to first. They eventually placed second, behind only Kankakee.
Foy thus had a hand in 28 of Crete-Monee's 105 points, which placed the Warriors third in the meet behind champion Bloom (160) and Rich South (107).
The Blazing Trojans won six of the 18 events, with dependables Ivory Cassell (100-meter dash and triple jump) and Gina Narcisi (1,600 and 3,200-meter runs) capturing two titles each. Cassell also took third in the long jump.
Narcisi learned from Saturday's experiment at Thornton, when she added the 800 to her menu. That takes place between the 3,200 and 1,600, and proved too much. Wednesday, she won the metric mile going away, her 5:44.50 timing nearly nine second ahead of 800 winner Chasity Powell's 5:53.22.
"Chasity, she hangs tough," Narcisi said. "I just had to not let her get ahead of me."
Bloom senior Angela Cates won the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches, but is aiming higher.
"I'm looking at 5-5 or 5-6," Cates said, thinking of next week's Class 3A sectional at Homewood-Flossmoor. "I've cleared 5-5 in practice. I like the challenge."