SOUTH HOLLAND | Their numbers may be small with just six girls, but their goal isn't.
The Seton Academy girls track team is focused on its long-term goal: A state title.
"If a few things go our way and we work hard, it is a possibility," team member Nancy Jeanty said. "We don't have a lot of girls out, but we have quality."
That was shown at the recent Illinois Top Times Prep Indoor Classic, an unofficial indoor state meet in Bloomington. The 800-meter relay team of Jasmine Gardner, Jeanty, Hunter Guy and DeJay Terry not only won the Class A title in 1 minute, 47.50 seconds, they set a school and Class A Top Times meet record.
Terry, a Central Michigan recruit, won the 55- and 200-meter dashes. She set school records with times of 7.30 and 26.19 seconds respectively.
Gardner was third in the 55 and Mykel Adams was sixth. Adams took second in the 200 and sixth in the 400.
Now, it is a matter of improving and taking indoor successes outside.
"Just because we did it inside doesn't guarantee or mean we will do it again," Terry said. "We have to work hard and then work harder. What we did at Top Times gave us confidence, but we have to get better."
Adams echoed the feelings of her senior teammate.
"We have the confidence and we know it will take a lot of hard work, but we are willing to put in that work," Adams said. "We have high expectations."
This for a team that has no home track and uses nearby Thornwood High School's track. In the early spring, the Sting run in the hallways and work out in Gowens Park.
"It's not that big of a deal because we are used to it," Terry said. "We get to run on tracks at meets. We are more concerned with dropping time and improving than worrying about what we don't have."
While Terry doesn't feel pressure, she said it is important for her and the team she has good times.
"I am senior and I am expected to lead by example," Terry said. "I just go out and run as fast as I can. We have a small, but good team. Everyone here works hard and we have the one goal in mind -- to win state.
"If someone has a bad day, I have to pick them up and we have to make sure that doesn't carry over to the next event or next meet."
What the the Sting has is chemistry, from getting the handoffs to go smoothly to communicating with each other.
"We have to have good exchanges," Adams said. "We work on that all the time. It doesn't matter how fast you run if you have a bad exchange."
Gardner said running against bigger schools in meets is also a plus.
"We just want to run and do what we can to get the best times when it counts," Gardner said. "We all are good friends and we know we won't let each other down on the track."