CHARLESTON | Homewood Flossmoor girls head track coach Rob Assise is a brilliant predictor.
After stating that he believed his team would finish with 27-33 points, 30 points would be considered scarily accurate.
Homewood-Flossmoor finished with 30 points at Saturday's Illinois High School Association Class 3A Finals to take fourth in the state.
The only thing that really stings about 30 points is that 31 would have meant trophy time. Glenbard West, based in Glen Ellyn, earned the third-place trophy instead.
Downstate Edwardsville and Lincoln Way East battled for the team title with the Lincoln Way East Griffins earning first with 79 points. Edwardsville scored 68.5 points.
"We are extremely happy with this performance," said Assise. "We have gotten fourth by one point on two different occasions in the last three years. I hope we are on the trophy stand in the very near future.
"We have had some injuries. If we would have had some of the women on the team, we would have earned a trophy."
Homewood-Flossmoor accomplished the feat with five girls.
Antoinette Broughton left Eastern Illinois with three medals. The sophomore was the anchor leg of both the 400- and 800-meter relays. The 400 relay finished third in 47.76, while the 800 relay took fifth in 1:42.13.
She also earned seventh in the 200, finishing in 25.16.
"That was a rough two days on my legs," said the sophomore. "I would have loved to run the 200-meter dash with fresh legs. I think I could have been in the top three."
Chardae Greenlee had the best finish among the Homewood-Flossmoor athletes, taking second in the triple jump in 38 feet, 11.5 inches.
Shayna Nwokenkwo, who was also a member of 400 relay, finished third in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 12.04.
"I am pretty happy to leave with two medals," said Nwokenkwo. "I have been serious about track for about two years. I need to keep working and training in college and I believe I would be even better."
In addition to Nwokenkwo and Broughton, the 400-meter relay was comprised of Mariah Terry and Christin Sally. The 800 relay was comprised of Terry, Salley and Greenlee in addition to Broughton.
Locally, Thornwood junior Janeah Stewart took seventh in the shot put with a toss of 39-2.75. In the 300 hurdles, Marian Catholic's Imani Haynes took ninth in 44.62. Both girls competed in Class 3A.
In the Class 1A finals, Seton Academy finished fourth in the 400 relay (50.05).
"We did well," said anchor Mykel Adams. "We could have gotten out a little harder. We just want to run hard. We did that today."
Adams also finished eighth in the 200 (26.85).