HARVEY | Up and down the results list in Thursday’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Red meet at Thornton, Thornwood showed both its talent and immense depth.
The Thunderbirds won six events, compiling 161.5 points to hold off the competition and handily win the conference meet.
Leading the pack was Janaia Carter, who won the 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and the triple jump. Carter's performance was just a microcosm of how the Thunderbirds would fare for the evening.
"I was surprised in the triple jump because that was a (personal record)," Carter said of her jump of 37-feet, 9 1/2 inches. "I felt pretty good and the weather was great."
Coach Brian Evans praised Carter, who also placed third in the 200.
"She's a tough girl who is blessed with a lot of talent," he said. "She's got really focused this year and decided this is what she really wants to do. She wants to elevate her game to the next level. Once you get that drive and that focus, that's half the battle right there. Her goal right now is to get to state and get that experience."
Last season, the Thunderbirds lost by one point to the host Wildcats, who placed second with 119 points this time around. Thornwood last won the meet in 2006.
"We're very pleased with their performance," Evans said. "We have very tough competitors. Thornton is a team we never overlook. We use that as fuel to the fire."
Thornwood throwers Janez Winston and Janeah Stewart starred in their respective events Thursday.
Winston tossed a personal best of 129-9 in the discus, while Stewart threw the shot put 37-8.
"I felt pretty excited about it," said Winston, who also finished third in the shot put. "I was confident I had a good throw."
Stewart also threw the discus 114-10, forming an effective duo which led Thornwood to the meet win.
"We just go out, cheer each other on and both try to be better," Stewart said. "I don't think it's much of a rivalry."
Thornton's Larice McNeal won the 100 (12.57). The Wildcats also won the 400 and 800 relay.