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Sports

Girls Track and Field: Courtney Hall breaks Yorkville discus record, leads qualifiers to state

Foxes will have six qualifiers in four events at Charleston this weekend

Courtney Hall
Courtney Hall

Courtney Hall's outdoor track season keeps getting better.

And now she is Yorkville's best.

Hall, a Foxes' junior, threw the discus feet 123 feet, 3 inches – breaking the school record – to qualify for state at the Class 3A Rock Island Sectional last Friday.

Hall eclipsed Jocelyn Ocon's previous mark of 122-1 set back in 2014.

"She's so excited; it was really good," Yorkville coach Lauren Vriezen said. "She qualified on her second throw in prelims. It took the pressure off and she could just relax and focus on good throws instead of that pressure building."

Hall will lead a group of Yorkville state qualifiers in four events into this weekend's state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Hall had thrown the discus 122-1 at Distance Night in Palatine earlier this season, and threw a 117-2 to repeat as conference champion.

"Everything kind of came together for her," Vriezen said. "She had consistently good throws."

Hall will need more of the same to advance at state.

Hall had the 11th-best throw in Class 3A from sectionals. The top 12 advance to Saturday's finals, top nine medal.

"Hopefully she can continue her momentum into Charleston," Vriezen said. "The first goal is to make it to the second day. Anything that happens after that happens. Looking at the data from the last several years, she should be able to make it to the finals if she gets into the 120s again."

The rest of Yorkville's qualifiers come from the school's stellar distance crew.

Junior Olivia Borowiak and senior Alyssa Edwards were first and third, respectively, in the 3,200-meter run at sectionals. Junior Emily Eberhart and freshman Helena Kleronomos were first and second, respectively, in the 1,600 at Rock Island.

Yorkville's 3,200-meter relay team of Eberhart, sophomore Sam Moreno, sophomore Mady Klebenow and Kleronomos were third at sectionals. That lineup could be fluid at state, depending on results.

"Emily and Helena both had breakout races at Distance Night in Palatine, it was great to see them put together some good races," Vriezen said. "Especially excited for Emily; she ran 5:02.12 at sectionals and was basically by herself. I'm excited to see what she can do against more competition."

She will certainly get that in Charleston.

A stacked 1,600 field headlined by defending champion Katelynne Hart of Glenbard West features seven girls who ran sub-5 minutes at sectionals. Eberhart's was 10th-fastest time in the state last weekend.

"The mile field is insane," Vriezen said. "Emily will definitely have some people to run with. Helena, being a freshman, this is an exciting and wonderful experience to qualify and get the whole state experience. The focus for all these girls is getting to that second day."

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