FLOSSMOOR | Antoinette Broughton raced down the track during her 200-meter dash on Saturday afternoon looking to make up for an earlier miscue in the meet.
It's safe to say she did that successfully in the 200, as the Homewood-Flossmoor sprinter blew away the competition, finishing first in 25.77 seconds.
Earlier in the meet, Broughton's starting block slipped as she took off for her 100-meter dash race, forcing her to finish in second place (12.83).
"I was disappointed because my block slipped and I should have done better," she said. "I was pretty upset. Everyone was in front of me so I had to catch up with a lot of people. It just gives me motivation to work harder. It's behind me now."
Broughton was one of the Vikings' bright spots, and she helped her team finish in third place with 71.5 in their own Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational.
"This is our invite, and it's pretty important," Broughton said. "We had to show our best."
Rock Island was first with 122 points while Barrington was a distant second with 77 points. With the amount of tough competition the Vikings faced in the meet, finishing third was a strong accomplishment.
"We wanted to give as many people a chance to compete today as we could," H-F coach Rob Assise said. "This invite gives us a lot of chances to do that. I'm definitely satisfied with what we were able to do."
Rachel Wilson won the discus for the Vikings with a throw of 118 feet, nine inches, more than 16 feet over her seed distance. Wilson was overjoyed with the throw, both a personal record and further than the state cut distance of 117 feet.
"I was extremely excited because I've been wanting to hit the state qualifying mark," she said. "I was extremely happy when I hit 118. My first and second throws were really bad. I just did the best that I could. When I came around and finished the throw I definitely felt it was a good one."
Crete-Monee finished tied for 10th with 41 points. Tineja Foy won the 100 hurdles in 15.66 seconds and finished fifth in the 300 hurdles (49.30).
"It felt great," Foy said of winning her first event. "I felt pretty good going into it. It was just all about beating my time."
Thornton finished 12th with 30.5 points, while T.F. South finished tied for 18th with 5.5 points.